As you know, Yoga is coming to ICA! We’ve already posted about the free yoga session coming on Sunday, March 18. That free session is actually going to kick off a 4 week series, and we wanted to get some info out to you about it.
Why yoga at ICA? – Because yoga and CrossFit are great complements to each other, and many of our coaches and athletes have found great value in practicing yoga. Yoga will improve your flexibility, stability, balance, core strength, and mental focus. These are important parts of our overall fitness, and we don’t always dedicate enough time to them. Having access to a yoga class will not only allow you to spend time working on these things, but also give you a library of stretches and movements you can do to warm up/cool down in regular classes. For one CrossFitter’s account of how Yoga improved her CrossFit, read this article.
Note: Our yoga classes are open to everyone! You don’t have to be a member at ICA to attend our yoga classes.
What will it look like? – After the free “kick off” session on Mar 18, we will be holding a class each Sunday at 11:15 am and Thursday at 7:00 pm for 4 weeks (total of 8 sessions, ending Thursday Apr 12). The classes will be based on “power yoga,” which is a fairly fast tempo and should give you a good workout as well as working on your flexibility and balance. If the 4 week session is well attended and is deemed valuable to our athletes, we will continue the classes beyond the 4 week trial.
Update: Our trial series was a huge success, and yoga will remain on on schedule going forward. Classes are Thursdays 7:00pm and Sundays 11:15am.
What will it cost/why an additional cost? – Yoga instructors take years practicing their craft, and it’s far outside our current staff’s expertise. As such we need to bring in (and pay) outside yoga teachers. Our goal is to simply cover the cost of the instructors. The first class on Mar 18 is on us – it’s free for all ICA athletes. After that, there will be a $10 drop in per class, or you can pay $20 to get access to all sessions during the 4 week period. Yoga at an outside studio typically costs around $15-20 per class.
Update: Due to the great turnout, we have been able to REDUCE the cost of yoga! Drop-in rate is still $10/class, or purchase a monthly membership (which allows access to all yoga classes) for $15 for ICA members or $30 for non-members.
Who will be teaching the classes? – The two classes each week will be taught by two different instructors, both with experience and ties to ICA.
- Jana Kent-Dewald – Jana teaches at Power Yoga Works in Malvern and was a member at ICA 5 years ago. She has a lot of experience teaching and understands what we do. Jana will be teaching our Sunday class (11:15am).
- Amy Darragh – Amy teaches at BRV Yoga in Phoenixville and is the wife of our very own Jamie Darragh. Amy has taught yoga to weightlifters in the past and has a history of lifting herself. Amy will be teaching our Thursday evening class (7:00pm).
Is yoga right for me? – Yes! We believe every single athlete at ICA would benefit from adding yoga to their fitness regimen. It’s also a great way to introduce friends and family members to our ICA community. Come on out, challenge yourself to something new, and have fun!