Studio One Yoga is bringing health, strength and balance to the community.
The studio is located inside Crossfit Excel, 1433 Moffat Blvd. #1, near Crossroads church in Manteca.
Through a series of yoga stretches along with strength and mobility exercises, certified instructors and business partners Karolyn Kirk and Ross Jardine have helped their students increase flexibility, develop better posture, strengthen core muscle, improve their balance and just become healthier people through the practice of yoga and pilates.
The idea for opening their own studio began when Karolyn was hired sometime back by Crossfit Excel as their yoga instructor with the intention of developing their own yoga program for their gym at some point. However, it didn’t take long for the gym owners to realize that Karolyn was the one best qualified to develop an efficient yoga program and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Ross, a personal trainer for 13 years and certified yoga instructor for seven, was the perfect business partner for Karolyn particularly because both instructors deeply desire to help people of all ages learn how to tone their body and calm their mind through relaxing, fluid movements as well as core development that yoga and pilates offer.
When asked about the differences between both practices, Ross says, “There is some crossover between pilates and yoga but the difference between the two is the stretches.”
Yoga stretches are held for a certain length of time which help to develop flexibility while pilates are all about strengthening core muscles and moving through the stretches which helps in the area of mobility and balance and increased energy.
One of Karolyn’s students who attends classes regularly is a perfect example of how balance, strength and posture can greatly improve through the practice of yoga and pilates and at age 72 the energetic woman has earned a reputation with her instructor as a true “a die-hard” member.
“That’s the reward for me, seeing that people are getting in better shape” admits Karolyn.
While classes are open to all ages, Karolyn and Ross focus a lot of their attention on the older generation and in fact offer free classes to eligible seniors who have the Silver Sneaker logo on their insurance. For non-Silver Sneaker members, prices are reasonable and run $80 for ten classes of your choice or $149 for twenty.
The schedule of classes are as follows:
Monday: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Hatha Yoga with Robyn combines long-held poses and flowing sequences focusing on breath, body alignment, strength, flexibility and relaxation.; 7 to 8 p.m., Basic Pilates with Nancy. All levels of Pilates practitioners will benefit from this class. Newcomers learn the basics. Those with Pilates experience work toward the precision necessary to master Pilates.
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:45-10:45 a.m., Strength & Mobility with Ross emphasizes proper movement while getting a great workout. We use suspension training, Swiss balls, hand weights and body weight exercises for adding resistance to muscles.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Hatha Yoga with Karolyn practices focusing on strength, flexibility, stress management and balance. Class ends with relaxation.; 7 to 8 p.m., Essential Mat Pilates with Karolyn. Learn and practice breathing techniques and Pilates exercises for core strength, improved posture, improved balance and better overall fitness. All levels.
Thursday: 7 to 8 p.m., Yoga/Pilates Fusion for Core Strength with Karolyn is a blend of Yoga poses and Pilates exercises focusing on core strength.
Saturday: 9 to 10 a.m., Weekend Stretch with Karolyn
There is no required membership and your first class is free. For more information about Studio One Yoga visit www.studiooneyoga.com or call (209) 470.3020.