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This past weekend, Ignite Yoga celebrated their two year anniversary with a series of special free classes at their studio in Goodyear, Arizona.

Ever since moving to the area, one of my goals was to find a local yoga studio that I could go to on a weekly basis as a way to expand my current yoga practice beyond Hulu and YouTube, and hopefully make a few yoga friends.

The studio in Goodyear opened up a few months ago, but the company has been in business for two years, starting out of a room in the owner’s house (how could anyone not be inspired by that!?).

There are a few other studios in the area that I had driven by but didn’t feel crazy inspired to visit. When I saw Ignite this past month within walking distance of our house, I was so excited!

Glow in the Dark Yoga

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The weekend kicked off with free “Glow in the Dark Yoga” on Friday night. After seeing a picture and reading the description on their website, I figured it looked fun and signed up.

I would describe glow in the dark yoga as cosmic bowling, but way more awesome. There were blacklights overhead in place of the usual yoga studio lighting, glow in the dark balloons, and glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets and paint were passed around.

Next to taking class from Tara Stiles at The W Hotel pool deck in Scottsdale several months ago, this was my coolest yoga experience ever! The music had a cool, lounge-y, club-y vibe. While the essential spiritual elements of a yoga class were still there, the class had a lighthearted, fun feel to it. We even played a bit of yoga volleyball with the glow in the dark balloons at one point!

I would love to do glow in the dark / cosmic yoga again, and I think it would be so cool to have this class as an option every Friday evening. Such a fun, upbeat, yet relaxing way to kick off the weekend on the right foot.

After class, red wine and red velvet birthday cake were served to mark the two year studio anniversary.

Yoga for Kids & Restorative Yoga

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On Saturday morning there was an event for kids which I didn’t attend, but I love that Ignite Yoga addresses the need for yoga from a young age through their kids room, after school yoga program, and other events. Yoga Ignite believes that yoga is for all ages, and I couldn’t agree more!

The next event was a free restorative yoga class on Saturday night. I have done one other restorative class in the past but didn’t know that was what it was called. I have recently been doing a restorative yoga video on YouTube by Sarah Beth Yoga, and loving it. This video is less than 10 minutes long, which is perfect when you don’t have much time in the morning but still want to do something good for yourself to start the day.

From what I can tell, restorative yoga usually uses the wall as a source of support for some of the poses. We did some legs up the wall moves towards the end of class. This class was so incredibly meditative and relaxing.

Wine and snacks were also served after this class.

I loved waking up Friday and Saturday morning this past weekend and getting to look forward to yoga all day.  Ignite Yoga exceeded any idea I might have had about what was in store for the weekend, and I ended up leaving on Saturday night with a $40 for 40 days pass and a cute new yoga shirt.

Yoga Love

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The next event at Ignite Yoga that I will be attending is the Thai Yoga Massage workshop on February 13th with my fiancé for Valentine’s Day. We have never attended a massage class before but I have always wanted to check one out. And this gets him to the yoga studio!

Ignite Yoga also has a unique coffee and tea bar, where they serve a variety of teas and hot and iced coffee. Students can even indicate on the sign in sheet what type of beverage they would like after class and the receptionist will have it ready when class is over. Such a great idea!

I am so happy to live so close to such a great yoga studio. I haven’t called a yoga studio home since my Bikram yoga challenge several years ago, and honestly this type of yoga is way more fun! I am excited about attending upcoming classes and events at Ignite.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out Ignite, even if you have never done yoga before.

Do you have a home yoga studio? Even if you have never tried yoga but always wanted to (which I hear a lot when yoga comes up), do yourself a favor and try out a studio nearby. Most places have deals for new students and can help you decide where to start if you are a yoga newbie. I wouldn’t give up my relationship with my yoga mat for anything, and I hope everyone who likes or tries yoga feels the same!

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  1. donna merrill Feb 5, 9:22 pm

    Hi Annie,

    I used to do Yoga and I’ve slacked off. I find it is the best exercise for me, next to swimming. I love the idea of glow in the dark yoga. What fun that must be! Now that is something that would get me back into yoga action lol.

    My 84 year old mom has been doing yoga for the past year. It has improved her balance (she was using a walker now she doesn’t) and helps with other ailments. She does her breathing every day and does her chair yoga.

    It is one thing that is so good for the young to the old.
    Have fun!
    -Donna

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    1. anniehurley Feb 7, 2:57 pm

      Hi Donna, same thing with me. I used to love going to classes and then got out of it for a stretch of years. I completely notice a difference in the entire day on days that I practice, usually at home to a video on YouTube. Over the past year or so, I have definitely noticed a change in my whole life, which I attribute to yoga and meditation. I wish they would do glow in the dark yoga everywhere every week – I bet that would attract a lot more people too 🙂 That is so inspiring that your mom does yoga at 84! I am always thinking that yoga has such healing powers for so many unnecessary health conditions, especially for the older ages. Go yoga!

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