December 2nd, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Yoga

Article by Dew Drops

Six years after Hurricane Katrina left a whole city in anxious need of mind-body-spirit therapy; there is increasing confirmation that New Orleans happened to one of the hottest yoga spots in America.

Sean Johnson, organizer of Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown and in the Marigny, guesses the number of New Orleans studios has jumped from six pre Katrina to 22 nowadays. Yoga Journal, the largest-circulation yoga magazine in the country, mentions that figure when it featured New Orleans amongst its “10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns” earlier this summer.

“We looked at an amount of factors — great yoga instruction in a assortment of different manners and customs, a society of enthused practitioners, surroundings that are inviting and cheering to the yoga practitioner, ” said Charity Ferreira, leading editor at the San Francisco-based magazine. “Fundamentally, we were looking at cities where yoga is flourishing in a particular manner.”

A 2008 revision by the magazine, the newest available showed that 6.9 percent of U.S. adults, or 15.8 million people, accomplished yoga; almost 8 percent, or 18.3 million, of those who didn’t said they were “very” or “tremendously” interested in doing so.

There’s no study that measures New Orleans’ partaking against the national standard, but Ferreira assumed the unreliable evidence is compelling as much as necessary.

“What struck me was how much yoga had developed in New Orleans ever since Katrina,” she said. “The people I talked to truly accentuate how much yoga had helped the district in the outcome of the squall.”

A case in point: Ann Yoachim, who said she measured yoga a opulence for hippie types or the wealthy until a friend convinced her to visit Wild Lotus in the fall of 2005. She memorizes being anxious, then enthused by yoga students who wept through classes.

“I didn’t assume yoga was for me until Katrina, ” she believed. “It was a secure place to let sentiments flow.”


Wild Lotus turn into a “real refuge” in October 2005 as one of the first studios to regenerate after the squall, Johnson said. Experienced persons reunited there, and new students, including reprieve workers, came looking for relief.

“A lot of people said the mansion was like a commentator for them in a time when they had nothing to clasp on to,” Johnson said. “I think people really found an intelligence of curing and the people through the yoga practice and through the connection with each other.”

Suzy Rivera, possessor of LIFE Yoga and Boutique in Uptown, said she used yoga to “maintain a stable mind” after trailing her year-old residence in Waveland, Miss. Rivera, who motivated back to New Orleans after the storm, said yoga accessible a crucial flight from insurance and FEMA exasperate.

The practice of captivating one pose at a time, each pose flowing into the next, facilitated her to build up the emotional serene and mental regulation necessary to steer the healing process, she said. Yoga’s attentive component also proved significant during those upsetting first several months later than the storm — a dynamic Keith Porteous, co-owner of Swan River Yoga, observed once before, as a dweller of New York City after Sept. 11, 2001.

“Rumination is the main influential mean to expand power of your mind,” Porteous supposed. “Through the course of doing the poses, there is a variety of catharsis that transpires.”


The social part of yoga also supply to the post-K boom, students and teachers assumed. After the storm, studios began offering more free or inexpensive classes as a population overhaul. At the same time, an influx of young people from other cities arrived; keen to donate different styles of yoga to the city’s renewal.

“Everybody can stumble on a method that works for them, ” said Cheryl Golich, co-owner of stability Yoga and Wellness in Mid-City.

The storm-inspired kindness endures. Studios here on average permit students to use mats without charge — something that doesn’t take place far and wide and inexpensive or donation-based classes are planned somewhere in the city practically every night of the week, which is strange for a city of this magnitude.

Katrina may have started the inclination but there have been no scarcity of other stresses to maintain stipulate.

Kelley Hebert, a learner at Swan River, said yoga practice kept her from terrifying when her house was busted into this July. In its place, she pays attention on the positive: Her family unit was not home at the instant.

Myra “Cissy” Burson, a coach at Wild Lotus, said she has used yoga to assist students at the city’s public charter schools control growing pains.

Its petition is not inadequate to its tension-fighting tendencies, nevertheless. Yoga is an ideal fitness fit for New Orleans, students and instructors declare. The city’s social dynamism is imitated in the community-oriented outlook of the yoga studios here, which usually sustain one another and their neighborhoods. Trainers take classes at other studios, and students union through citywide occurrences like Festival.

“You’ve never detoxed yet you’ve detoxed with your complete yoga class after Mardi Gras,” said Nina McDaniel, a learner at LIFE Yoga.

Yoga also lean to magnetize and raise creative types, as does New Orleans.

“I believe the soulfulness of New Orleans, the music, the food, the carnivals, I think that energy in fact increase yoga practice now,” said Johnson of Wild Lotus.

Those who have experienced in other spaces, from yoga micas like New York to smaller cities like San Antonio, consent that New Orleans adds a special style to its variety of yoga. The words “optimistic,” “laid-back” and “fun” pop up habitually in metaphors of yoga here, particularly in contrast to yoga away. Student’s facade to the sounds of Rebirth Brass Band and experience comfort amalgamating yoga into lives that comprise, say, a career in mixology.

Ferreira of Yoga magazine cites a connection among live music and yoga as special to New Orleans. Johnson demonstrates this merge with his keratin, or mantra, group, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, which executed in yoga studios nationwide. Last year, the gang became the first kirtan band to amuse at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

“We merge the soul of our culture with the fortitude of yoga,” he said. “I believe yoga and New Orleans go hand-in-hand. Yoga is an additional structure of celebrating existence.”