4 Myths About Yoga
Today we’re breaking down the most common yoga myths we hear from our students at TYC. There are several myths out there, especially about who yoga is, or is not for. We firmly believe that a yoga practice can benefit just about anyone, so below we debunk four common myths regarding the popular practice.
Meet Tosa Yoga's Beckie Jeffers
Beckie doesn’t remember being introduced to yoga, because it’s been part of her life since she was a child. One of her first memories is turning on PBS yoga in her living room. If you ask her now, she’ll say she didn’t find her true path until after the birth of her daughter. She embraced that journey, and in 2011, she graduated from her 200 HR yoga teacher-training program and began teaching.
If you were to ask Beckie what her favorite style of yoga is to teach, she would point to her strong foundation in Hatha. However, she teaches from her own personal experience and she can’t put a label on that. Each week she teaches both a level 1 and level 2 class, and periodically leads a Yoga 101 workshop.
Meet Tosa Yoga's Own Jes Davies
Jes’ path to yoga began when she graduated from college and was working as a Physical Therapist at Froedtert Hospital. Right across the street, the Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC) was opening a new facility and was looking for Jes to join as an instructor. In 2002, the WAC sent her off for her 200 hour teacher training and when she returned, she started to train WAC instructors and lead monthly workshops. Through her additional training over the years, she discovered her lifelong teacher and mentor Steph Adams from Hood River, OR. With Steph, she continued through her 500 hour teacher training and now travels with her, leading immersions for yoga teachers.
An Introduction to Level 1 - How To Get Started
Tosa Yoga has always been focused on creating a welcoming space and classes that meet our students where they are.
Over the years, we have heard an overwhelming request for more level 1 offerings and have since expanded the schedule to include more options. In fact, there is now a Yoga 101 workshop offered on the first Saturday of each month.
Our current weekly Level 1 class offerings include:
- Gentle Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Gentle Yoga for the Wise
- Slow Flow Yoga
- Prenatal Yoga
Our Yoga 101 Workshop happens on the first Saturday of each month - check our Events & Workshops page for the current schedule.
If you are still new to yoga, you may be wondering, “how do I know where I fit?”. If you prefer an immersion style, you can easily show up for any of the weekly level 1 classes and take modifications as your body and mind see fit. If you prefer to learn in a longer chunk of time and cover more detail, any of the Yoga 101 workshops would be perfect. Both will give students the opportunity to grow, modify and feel comfortable.
Meet Tosa Yoga's Ann Givens
Ann has been teaching at Tosa Yoga since 2015. She completed her 200 RYT training through Haleybird Studios in Wauwatosa in 2014, and currently teaches Flow Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and a monthly Parent & Baby workshop here at Tosa Yoga. Ann was first introduced to yoga during college as a way to relax and help manage migraines. After she experienced a marathon running injury in 2010, Ann used yoga to help physically bounce back from a rigorous training schedule, and find a deeper relief from a lifelong struggle with anxiety.
An Introduction to Strong Flow Yoga at Tosa Yoga Center
Here at Tosa Yoga, we work to continually develop class offerings that meet our student’s needs and help them grow in their practice, at their own pace. One of our most popular classes is Strong Flow Yoga – we offer this level 2/3 class eight times throughout the week (every day but Sunday!) and have four teachers supporting these classes.
Strong Flow Yoga, or any level 2/3 class can be an intimidating leap to make for students who are currently attending level 1/2 classes! Keep reading for answers to some of your questions about this class – if it’s been on your mind, we hope you’re inspired at some point in your practice to give Strong Flow a try!
Meet Tosa Yoga's Patty Fasciotti
Patty is new to our staff of teachers here at Tosa Yoga, and if you’re looking for a great weekday Level 1-2 class, check out her Deep Stretch & Slow Flow, Tuesdays at 9am.
Essential Oils 101: Slim & Sassy
It's the new year, and what better time to start some new, health promoting habits?
Meet Tosa Yoga's Katie Dozer
Katie is one of the most recent additions to our staff, and we can’t wait for you to check out her weekly class! She completed her 200 RYT training through YogaOne Studios in Cedarburg, and currently teaches Level 1/2 Flow Yoga on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm here at Tosa Yoga. Katie was first introduced to yoga when she signed up for a class at UW-Milwaukee.
Essential Oils 101: A Twist on Peppermint
The weather’s getting colder, and the holidays are coming, which means it’s a great time to feature Peppermint as our doTERRA Essential Oil of the Month.
Essential Oils 101: On Guard Protective Blend
Our journey into essential oils continues, and this month features one of our favorites (we often have dōTERRA’s On Guard diffusing in the studio during classes). It’s that time of year when the immune system needs a little boost, which is why our essential oil for the month of November is On Guard, a protective blend perfect for keeping your family healthy. Its spicy scent is energizing and uplifting, and it can be used throughout the home: in the air, on surfaces, and even internally with food and beverages!
Ten Years of Tosa Yoga
We continue to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Tosa Yoga Center in 2016, and in honor of this, we thought it would be a great time to share the story of the evolution of TYC.
Essential Oils 101: For the Love of Lavender
Here at Tosa Yoga, we’re obsessed with keeping things natural. One of the ways we do that is by using essential oils, not only to enhance the environment that we practice yoga in, but to enhance our health at home, in the car, and beyond!
Our essential oil for the month of October is lavender, a ready-for-all-occasions oil that is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing properties. Its been called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because it’s so versatile.