Denton yoga studio hosts classes with unconventional twists

Denton yoga studio hosts classes with unconventional twists

Denton yoga studio hosts classes with unconventional twists
November 11
15:48 2017

For a small yoga studio behind the Bearded Monk, it is Harry Potter night.

“We’re going to do some cobra poses,” studio manager Liz King says. “Or should I say, Slytherins.”

No — Hagrid is not doing the downward dog and Dobby is not striking the camel pose. The furthest it goes is John Williams’ movie score and King’s horcrux T-shirt, but it is still indicative of Authentic Yoga Life’s spirit.

“I started doing themed music classes on Wednesday nights in June or July, and I’ve just gotten requests over the months,” King said. “Harry Potter’s just awesome, so why would we not do a Harry Potter yoga class?”

King said she started these themed session by simply playing different playlists, and when the response was positive, it began to evolve into creating different and fun yoga sessions.

“We’ve honestly never done music classes before until this year,” King said. “But I started doing a couple of random playlists, and then I started doing ’90s hip hop or 2000s emo rock.”

This is how instructors at Authentic Yoga Life are bringing a fun twist to the practice, even if it is a somewhat unconventional method for the practice.

“We do a style of yoga which is not traditionally practiced to music,” King said. “You’re supposed to breathe and listen for your breath, and that’s the music or the soundtrack of the class.”

Themed yoga sessions have now been happening everywhere across the nation. Goat yoga and tacky Christmas sweater yoga are just some of the events that have popped up in Dallas alone.

King said she is planning a Star Wars-themed session for December in time for the upcoming movie. Other future sessions include Tom Petty night, bulldog night and Rihanna night.

“I have started doing all the Wednesday night classes,” member Erica Beresford said. “For myself, yoga has helped me out tremendously.”

Authentic Life also partners with nonprofits for fundraising events, where some of the proceeds go to respective organizations.

Beresford runs the nonprofit Bulldog Rescue Squad, which rescues and provides services for purebred French and English bulldogs.

This month, the nonprofit and Authentic Life will be co-hosting a bulldog themed session.

Beresford has been going to the studio for five months now. She said it has been a good way for her to let go of the stress in her daily life.

“I run a nonprofit, so I spend 99 percent of my day dealing with that kind of stuff, so this is the only time I can take for myself,” Beresford said. “I don’t think about anything other than yoga and bettering myself. I’ve benefitted from the practice of yoga tremendously.”

Beresford said she was looking for yoga studios in Frisco but found that Denton’s options were better for her.

“Denton just has a better feel for yoga,” Beresford said.

Likewise, members have helped those who want to get away from daily responsibilities, even if it is just for a few hours.

“I am a busy mom of two littles and a full time Cardiac Cath Lab nurse who takes call,” member Holly Telford said. “Yoga gives me the opportunity to take a second and breathe through the chaos and focus inward.”

Featured Image: Authentic Yoga Life hosted Harry Potter Yoga on Nov. 1, allowing the opportunity for customers to dress up as the movie’s characters as a way to celebrate Halloween. Although no one dressed for the occasion, the venue played the soundtrack to one of the Harry Potter movies in the background. Dana McCurdy

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