Yoga Studio Offers New Wellness Option

By: Chi Ewusi, 1L
Contributing Writer                                                      

Good news for yogis or yogis-to-be: Lexington has a new yoga studio!

Maybe you are looking for a fun, alternative way to get in shape or perhaps you just want to carve out some time away from the books. You may find that an hour once a week of guided breathing and working through poses is greatly beneficial.

Center of Gravity Yoga and Pilates, which opened on MLK Day, employs a full roster of qualified, well-educated instructors. Classes are offered seven days a week for beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike.

Wendy Cobb Orrison, along with her business partner and good friend, Donna Williams, opened the studio after years of studying and practicing yoga. Ms. Orrison currently teaches yoga at W&L, while Ms. Williams has taught at the YMCA, the Lexington Golf and Country Club, and a Rockbridge county yoga co-op. Through their experiences, both saw the community’s clear enthusiasm for yoga, but the unfortunate lack of a stable, permanent location in which to practice. One day while running together, they decided to start a studio themselves.

Yoga’s benefits extend beyond developing flexibility or providing an opportunity for meditation. It can

Lexington's new yoga & pilates studio, Center of Gravity | Source: lexingtoncenterforgravity

Lexington’s new yoga & pilates studio, Center of Gravity | Source: lexingtoncenterforgravity

help tone limbs, repair muscle groups, increase circulation, and prevent future injuries. In this way, it is a great supplement to your current exercise routine if you are a gym enthusiast or an active athlete in another sport. Sessions average 60 to 90 minutes in length and the studio keeps extra mats for those who forget their own or who decide to stop by on a whim.

The owners very much seek to tailor the studio’s offerings to Lexington’s needs. They have already heard a lot of demand for classes designed for specific audiences, such as children and expectant mothers, and plan to incorporate such programs in the future.

Additionally, Ms. Orrison would like to remind students that yoga is not just for the ladies. Men are welcome at all classes, and are especially encouraged to attend the hip and hamstring class intended to increase flexibility and reduce the likelihood of common injuries. It is currently being offered on Tuesday evenings.

If you would like to read more about the different types of yoga, as well as the Tai Chi and Pilates classes available, check out the studio’s website at http://www.lexingtoncenterofgravity.com/styles/. You can also stop by the studio or make a quick phone call and have a professional recommend a class for your specific needs.

For those who may need an added incentive to attend a class or two, keep in mind that Center of Gravity offers special student discounts. Also, Ms. Orrison indicates students, especially those aspiring to become attorneys, can greatly benefit from yoga: “Yoga is a fantastic way to provide a little bit of balance [to your life].”

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