The motto of Lafayette’s newest yoga studio is, “Come as you are,” because Down Dog Yoga is striving to be a place where people can do good for themselves right where they’re at.
This weekend, the studio is holding its Grand Opening event, which will feature free classes, juice tastings, live music, hand massages and photo sessions.
The studio teaches all of its classes using the Baptiste methodology, which is designed to get your heart pumping and build strength.
The studio’s classes are taught under the light of infrared panels, which not only add extra sweat to your workout, but also infuse detoxifying agents into the air.
Even if you’re still trying to figure out the difference between Down Dog and Windmill there is no need to feel intimidated about showing up to class at this studio.
Frances Perez, the 32-year old studio manager, said, “I want all kinds of people to know they can come even if they’ve never done yoga before. That’s how we’re trained, to show up for others to help them reach their maximum potential.”
The weekend will kick off Friday morning with a FUNdamentals class, which is designed to teach the basics of the methodology, with a focus on alignment.
Later in the evening, the official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place, which will be followed by Happy Hour of Power.
This class is for all levels and will takes place to the background of live music from local Lafayette percussionist Jim Kolaceck.
After class students can migrate to Urbano’s, which is just a few steps away from the studio, to socialize with teachers and students at Happy Hour.
Since opening in May, Down Dog has seen lots of different types of people taking advantage of their studio.
Perez said, “It’s really cool to see the diversity that’s been walking into our studio so far. Our motto is, ‘Come as you are, not as you think you should be,’ which is a quote written by Baron Baptiste. It’s really exciting for us to see that happening.”
Saturday morning classes will begin another FUNdamentals class followed by Move your ASana, which is an extended Baptiste flow class.
Afterwards there will be a meet and greet with studio instructors, which will take place to the background of live music by local musician, Alyse Young.
Free hand massages will be available from students at the Aveda Institute and class goers can also sign up for a free portrait session with local photographer Jared Duhon, who will take shots of students in their favorite yoga outfit.
Classes will resume Sunday afternoon and end that evening.
Perez and the staff are hopeful that the grand opening weekend will be an opportunity to show the community what a welcoming place the studio aims to be.
“That’s why we opened the studio was because we wanted to create a space where people felt safe and had a sense of community,” said Perez. “We want people to come here knowing they will be welcomed and loved.”
This weekend’s classes are free and open to the public, and students can sign up by going to Down Dog Yoga’s website at www.downdogla.com.
For more information about the class schedule, visit the Facebook event page here,
www.facebook.com/events/1743990005842965/ or call the studio at 305-606-5031.
Participants should plan to bring their own yoga mats and towels, but rentals for both are also available at the studio.