It’s a rainy afternoon at Yoga Junction, a small-town Colorado studio on Main Street in Louisville, nestled between a barber shop and a florist. With the kids seated on their mats, Laura rings the tingsha, two small brass cymbals strung together, their delicate chime slowly fading away. “We’re going to start with three oms,” Laura says to the kids, their eyes glued to her. “Om is a really beautiful sound that makes you feel peaceful,” she adds, before leading them through a sing-songy version of yoga’s classic tenor. The kids join in with confidence and a soft sense of pride. “I like to put my hands at my heart when I do it, too,” a blonde girl beams.
Through the class, the kids sing songs about reaching the sky, teeter through poses, play games, and find self-expression. “With kids, it’s important for their self-confidence to be expressive in their bodies,” Laura says after class.
Before a test, Rachel Klein doesn’t cram or stress out.
She bends at the waist, lets her head drop toward the ground and feels the blood flow to her brain. She breathes.
“It gives you a different perspective, and it helps lessen the hyperventilating, which will actually make you more stressed,” says the 16-year-old Boulder High School student.
In a city that loves its summer series – from concert series to weekly Street Faires – another one starts this month in Louisville.
Yoga Junction, 908 Main Street, suite 100, will offer its Yoga in the Park summer series at 7 p.m. every Wednesday night from July 13-August 3, in Memory Square Park, in downtown Louisville.
“We just wanted to offer yoga to the community for an affordable price,” said Yoga Junction co-owner Carey King. “Louisville in the summer comes alive. All those series people love, they want to be outside with their families.”
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Melissa Williams, co-owner of Yoga Junction at 908 Main St., said the new energy on the street – both in terms of retail and restaurants – is “kind of rounding it all out” for residents and visitors to Louisville.
“People are staying here – they don’t have to leave town for anything,” said Williams, who opened her studio two months ago in a space occupied for seven years by another yoga business.
Her business partner, Carey King, said Yoga Junction caters to the families that call the city home, with pre-natal and family yoga classes, and many of her customers walk from their homes to the studio.