Pilates and Yoga for the 'Burg!

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

A new year could mean a new workout plan and it looks like a nationwide craze is hitting the valley just in time. A new yoga and Pilates center has just opened. This could be the trick to keeping those resolutions.
"We try and get rid of what's going on outside you know just come into this place it's like a little oasis," said Suzanne Perrine, Instructor and Owner of The Center.
This oasis can be found right in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. It's sole purpose...yoga and Pilates classes.
"It just feels like the right thing to offer this space for people who don't want to go to a gym and pay money for things they're not going to use," said Perrine.
The Indian concepts used in yoga are more than 5000 years old while Pilates, the younger of the two, planted it's German roots about 60 years ago. Both focus on linking your mind and body with different moves. Of course there are the physical benefits.
"I think Pilates is a good thing for being really strong but not necessarily adding a lot of bulk you get stronger but it's a lot of lean muscle," said Sara Prince, student.
"You sweat you definitely feel that you have a good workout but it doesn't feel as punishing to your body," said Debbie Phillips, student.
Perrine says you become so aware of what your body is doing, you can use the techniques well after leaving the studio.
"You can apply this to your everyday life you know how am I picking up my kid or how am I cooking, how am I standing how am I holding myself," said Perrine.
That's why she feels people really stick with it. You just leave feeling really great you know you feel leaving physically great mentally great and that what keeps people coming back
If you're what to learn more about these classes contact The Center at 540-383-0438 or visit their website at www.thecenterdowntown.com.


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