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Summer Wellness

Finding Your Perfect Yoga Practice

Summer is the perfect time to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wellness. And what better way to do that than through the practice of yoga? But with the multitude of yoga studios and practices available, how do you find the one that's just right for you? Chaya Spencer, owner of Shree Yoga in Saddle River, shares some tips into the art of exploring yoga and finding your perfect practice.

Understanding the Landscape of Yoga

Chaya begins by highlighting the importance of finding the right yoga practice tailored to individual needs. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach,” she emphasizes. With the variety of yoga styles available, from Hatha to Vinyasa, Restorative to Chair Yoga, the options can seem overwhelming. However, each style offers a unique approach to the ancient practice, catering to different preferences and requirements.

Chaya's own journey into yoga began in an ashram in India during her teenage years, where she practiced under a hot tin roof in an open-air pavilion—a far cry from the serene studios of today. Yet, through the evolution of yoga in the West, there is now a diverse array of practices in the area.

Finding Your Fit

So how does one navigate this sea of yoga styles to find the perfect match? “Go try a bunch of different studios,” Chaya suggests. “See what they have to offer and what feels right for you.” Many studios offer introductory offers, allowing newcomers to sample classes and gauge compatibility, as many studios don't require ‘commitment’.

But it's not just about the style of yoga; it's also about finding the right teacher—one who resonates with your needs and understands your limitations. “Especially if you have any physical considerations,” Chaya emphasizes, “find a teacher who is experienced in working with those issues.” Whether it's chronic pain, joint issues, or recovering from an injury, a skilled instructor can provide modifications and guidance tailored to individual needs.

Maintaining Wellness on the Go

As the summer months call your name with promises of travel and adventure, maintaining wellness becomes a necessity, even on the road. Chaya shares some simple yet effective yoga stretches to alleviate the discomfort of long journeys, from side bends to standing cat/cow stretches. Incorporating these movements into your travel routine can help combat the toll of extended periods of sitting and keep your body feeling refreshed and revitalized.

What Sets Shree Yoga Apart

At Shree Yoga, the emphasis is not just on the physical practice but on fostering a sense of community and belonging. As a small boutique studio, they prioritize personal connections, greeting each student by name and working with individual needs. With a focus on both rigorous and gentle practices, including chair yoga, yoga for osteoporosis, and restorative sessions, Shree Yoga provides a nurturing space for those seeking healing and rejuvenation.

In essence, finding the right yoga practice is about more than just striking a pose; it's about forging a deeper connection with oneself and the world around us. So this summer, take the plunge, explore the vast landscape of yoga, and discover the practice that speaks to your soul. Your journey to wellness awaits, one downward dog at a time.

For more information on Shree Yoga, you can reach out to Chaya at (201)-822-1131 or visit their website at 

Address: 3 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458

“Go try a bunch of different studios.” -Chaya Spencer 

  • Chaya Spencer outside her studio!
  • Chair Yoga
  • Forward Fold
  • Chaya and her students before class!
  • Warrior 2
  • Tree Pose
  • Side Bend