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Yoga Studio Offers Outdoor and Online Introductory Svaroopa Classes

Sep 30, 2020 12:24PM ● By Maureen Cary

Time for You Yoga, in Cumberland, will host Newcomers’ yoga classes from 1:30 to 3 p.m., October 3, 10 and 17. The introductory classes on October 3 and 10 will be held outdoors and socially distanced; on October 17, class will be held online through a Zoom video conference. Participants will be assisted by a teacher ahead of time to set up for the Zoom class.

Time for You Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga. Svaroopa yoga (Swa-roo-pa) means “bliss yoga” and is a customizable style of yoga with careful alignment that is tailored to every body’s needs. It focuses on releasing deep tension along the spine. As individuals decompress, they get relief from stress and gain greater awareness, along with deep relaxation, a sense of peace and well-being and a quieter mind.

The Newcomers’ classes focus on the Magic Four—a sequence of beginning Svaroopa poses that target specific parts of the spine to unravel tension. The poses are adapted to each student and use chairs, blocks and blankets for support and propping. The classes end with a guided relaxation.

Participants need no yoga mat or prior yoga experience. Class space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling the studio. Participants should dress comfortably and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the class’ start time. The class is free for students new to the studio.

The classes will be taught by the studio’s instructors: Maria Sichel, Janice O’Brien, and Suzanne Lincoln. They welcome new students to this inspired approach to yoga and offer individualized attention, so the poses effectively ease the body and mind.

Cost: Free for new students. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call Maria Sichel at401-305-5319 or visit