February is my yoga-versary. During this frigid month back in 2012 I started one of those 30-day yoga challenges, honestly with no intention of continuing into March. The resulting increased energy, fitness, and happiness helped me to not only finish, but turned the challenge into a steady home routine. To celebrate my 3-year milestone, I replaced a day at the office with a class at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen.
This studio and its teachers have great energy. At every visit I find a teacher who not only acts as a fitness guide, but ties in the yogic spirituality aspect that makes the tradition so strengthening for body and mind. I took the 9:30am Wednesday class with Kelly who happens to be the owner. Happy Buddha also offers merchandise including yoga mats, lotions, and clothing.
They offer classes every day of the week with descriptions like "Universal Buddha" (all levels), "Buddha Delight" (intermediate level with chanting and philosophy), and "Karmic Buddha" (pay-what-you-can fee). Every month there are workshops, many featuring special guests, on topics like teacher training, sequencing, Ayurveda, and Sanskrit.
Happy Buddha offers multiple-class cards. You can sign up and pay for classes on the website, but they say it's not mandatory and dropins are always welcome. I've seen Kelly hold a yoga-for-beginners bundle of classes. Kind of like a yoga challenge which I personally recommend as a good start to a regular practice.
Happy Buddha Yoga: www.happybuddhayoga.com