| The Yoga Studio
of Little Rock
|The Yoga Studio of Little Rock, 910 West 6th Street, opened at its current location September 1, 1999. The remodeled space at the corner of 6th and Chester is equipped with all of the necessary props to teach therapeutic hatha yoga. The studio regularly sponsors workshops with certified Iyengar teachers.|
|Cliff Riggs began studying hatha yoga in 1984. He began teaching after attending the Iyengar convention at Harvard University in 1987. Cliff studies regularly with certified Iyengar teachers. Cliff is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher at the 500 hour level.|
|Pam Peters has been studying hatha yoga since 1984 and began teaching in 1993. She has attended several national Iyengar conventions and numerous workshops.|
|Gene Williams began studying yoga in 2003 and has been a faithful student and practitioner since that time. In addition to his studies at the Yoga Studio of Little Rock, Gene has participated in workshops with Doug Keller, and certified Iyengar teachers, Lou Hoyt and Randy Just.|
|Martha Richardson began practicing vinyasa in 2008. In September
2010 she began attending classes at the Yoga Studio of Little Rock. She
has been a faithful student and practitioner since that time. She comes
to Iyengar style yoga after 15 years as a ballet dancer.
In addition to her studies at the Yoga Studio, she has attended workshops with certified Iyengar teachers – Lou Hoyt and Randy Just.
Martha has been substitute teaching at the Yoga Studio and we now welcome her as a regular teacher of the Monday noon class.
|The teachers are committed to creating healing space in the heart of downtown Little Rock and personalized instruction in a small class setting. Maximum class size is 20 although most of the classes average 12-15 practitioners.|
Hatha yoga creates physical/mental well-being. Through the postures (asanas), one seeks to reeducate the stressed and unbalanced body to create a state of harmony with the body/mind. Through the hundreds of postures, all joints are moved, muscles are stretched and strengthened, and rejuvenation is brought to the endocrine, vascular and nervous systems. Click here to read a health alert from John Hopkins Hospital regarding yoga as therapy.
|Our method of hatha yoga emphasizes alignment of bones, rhythmic breathing, and the use of props. By using such things as chairs, blocks, pillows, straps and blankets, anyone can benefit from the pose, no matter what their age or level of fitness.|
|Our yoga practice involves us in the process of doing versus being done to. Our yoga ritual (practice) is nothing less than a return to our spiritual center, the home of our self-esteem, our true and perfect self.|
|A Word About our Studio: Many of our students have remarked that there is a special "feeling" in our yoga studio. It has always been our intention that the physical setting and the flow of our yoga practice would blend together to bridge the gap between the mundane and the sacred. In the studio we attempt to enhance what could be called a "creative ritual." The ritual of our yoga practice is our way of increasing balance and connection within ourselves, with each other, the wider community and that divine energy that brings stability, flexibility and light to our lives. Things can isolate us. We lose connection with the rhythm in our lives so we strive to create a "mindfulness of being." This mindfulness is a condition of authenticity, of being fully self-aware and conscious of being a creative composer of one's own life. We celebrate the truth that directed energy enhances change.|
Call (501) 372-1780 for more information or email Cliff.
|Background music, Om Mani Padme Hum.|
|Hatha yoga is intended to complement, not substitute for, the advice of your own physician/health care provider, with whom you should always consult before starting any medical or physical regime. Although hatha yoga can be done by all people, it may not be recommended for people with special medical problems. Always ask your doctor about any specific questions or problems you may have.|