Around Columbus: Art of Yoga
This beautiful single-room yoga studio is a little bit difficult to find at first, but once you spot the sign on the edge of the polka dotted street, and walk up the stairs, you’re greeted by a warm (literally this time of year), bright, airy, yoga studio. Art of Yoga (AOY) is decorated with art from rotating artists along the walls, which is super cool. I loved gazing at the beautiful artwork pieces during my practice, using them as my drishti (focal point). They also have the studio scattered with live plants!
The windows are big, allowing the bright sun to shine in, and usually open, allowing the summer breeze to flow freely through the space – almost providing students with the feeling they’re practicing outside. AOY actually even offers outdoor classes, just outside the studio twice a week too when weather permits!
The views of the city skyline from the studio are beautiful, particularly if your class is during sunset. I love the feeling of nature kissing my skin while I’m practicing, so having those elements during my practice was wonderful.
As an instructor, I take classes from a different perspective than I used to. Now that I know the effort and time it takes to plan and teach a class, I so much more appreciate the instructor’s role. I took classes from a few of the instructors at AOY. Each brought different speeds and variations to class sequences and asanas (poses). Every class I attended was accompanied by soft music, humming in the background. The classes were intertwined with simple variations of poses, while offering students to advance if it was available to them. The instructors were accommodating to students who were brand new to the practice, while still holding space and attention for regular practitioners.
The studio offers a few different types of classes from traditional Ashtanga to vinyasa (Yoga for Everyone). They have some of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen in the city, $15 per drop in or $45 monthly unlimited (woah!). Registering for classes is easy via MindBody, and there is usually plenty of available slots. Whether you’re new to yoga or have a regular practice, or just in the downtown Columbus area, I recommend giving an Art of Yoga class a try!
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