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Plenty of Options for St. John Yoga Enthusiasts

Lori Walden's class at Concordia. (Photo courtesy Lori Walden.)Sol Yoga at Mongoose Junction offers a convenient Cruz Bay location, but there are several other spots around the island to practice the many aspects of yoga. Local residents are welcome at all these locations.
At Sol Yoga, Irene Levin, Beth Escardo and Elizabeth Gowan offer a variety of yoga techniques. Classes run mornings and evenings Monday through Saturday. They start at 7:15 a.m. with the last one at 5:15 p.m. Levine suggested people call to find out what time and instructor fits best for them.
"It’s an eclectic style of yoga," she said.
Trained in Iyengar yoga, Levin said that she and the others offer Hatha-style yoga.
Levin’s seen a recent change in what participants want, transitioning away from the power yoga of the past few years to a more meditative yoga.
"I believe that’s because our lives are so filled," she said.
Classes are $15 each with a discount for multiple classes.
If you’d prefer to practice yoga on the Coral Bay end of the island, drive out to Concordia Preserve for Lori Walden’s morning yoga classes. They’re at 6:45 and 8 a.m. on Thursdays and 8 and 9:15 a.m. on Fridays. Walden said participants need only to show up.
Classes run $15 each. However, she said yoga enthusiasts can buy 10 classes at a time for $120 to reduce the cost.
While Walden is Kripalu certified, she said she teaches Hatha-based yoga. "I studied a lot of different styles so I mix it up," she said.
All levels, including novices, are welcome at her classes. Walden said that in classes where the participants have mixed levels of ability, she provides instruction for all of them.
"I just kind of go with the flow," she said.
Walden also offers other lessons to groups of two or more. They must be reserved in advance.
Suki Buchalter shows folks the yoga ropes at Maho Bay Camps Upper Pavilion. She holds classes at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Wednesdays only, you’ll find her down at Big Maho Beach at 9 a.m. And she has a class in restorative yoga for people a little less agile. It runs at noon Fridays at Maho Bay Camps Upper Pavilion.
Buchalter is also holding prenatal classes at Concordia Pavilion. They’re at 10 a.m. Mondays.
People are welcome to drop in to the classes.
The prenatal and restorative classes are $15, but the others are $10.
Buchalter teaches an eclectic kind of yoga she said she gleaned from learning many traditions.
"I encourage people to work at their own level," she said.
Reach Sol Yoga’s Levin at 642-1448 or 779-4409.
Call Walden at 693-5354 or visit her website at www.edeneastyogastudio.com. Walden’s also made a yoga video available at www.yogainparadisedvd.com.
Reach Buchalter at 642-3739 or through Maho Bay Camps at 776-6226.

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