Tales from the Mat: The Yoga Chronicles

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By David J. Ramoy There are many different styles of yoga, and anyone who practices somewhat regularly will eventually gravitate toward their favorite. Some practice yoga for its meditative aspects, which can bring you to a state of complete relaxation. Others will stick to the more traditional approaches developed for optimal health. Then there are people who feel you can do postures, practice your breathing, and attain spiritual understandings, all while in 95-100 degree heat. Of course, we’re speaking of hot vinyasa and hot power vinyasa flow, when people find their peace as the music begins to fade from final shivasana, and the last beads of sweat finish pouring onto the mat. And when a bottle of cold water is more valuable then gold. In the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area, there is one hot yoga studio that can take you to the next level — and beyond: Yoga Aura, located at 2910 N. Federal Highway, in Boca Raton. (www.yogaaura.com) When you walk into Yoga Aura, a few things come to mind. First, you immediately feel welcome by whomever is greeting you at the front desk. Second, the cleanliness of the studio. Third, the lineup of superstar teachers from top to bottom scattered across the schedule. Each teacher brings a level of creativity, intensity, and years of experience to every session. Last, (but certainly not least) you come to love owners Laurie Gorneault, and her husband Lou. Laurie agreed to an interview recently. Here is what she had to say: Hi Laurie. Please tell us about yourself. Laurie: I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job as a legal assistant and begin teaching yoga full-time in 2010. My first training was with Ally Ford, an accomplished Ashtanga teacher, who was guided by her guru in India, Patanjali. It was an endlessly enriching experience. As lead instructor and manager of a yoga studio in Tampa Bay, I came to love the rewarding relationships and sense of community yoga instills in people. A year later I dove into the next level of training which allowed me to explore different styles of yoga. Now, I sincerely enjoy pulling in elements from all of my experiences to give students at Yoga Aura a high-quality experience every single time. Why did you believe it was your calling to open up a Yoga Studio? Even though I don’t believe it was my calling, at least not initially, to open a yoga studio, I do believe that I am infinitely blessed to be able to continue to offer to others the same life-changing techniques and concepts that were once bestowed upon me. How lucky am I to teach to others the very thing that I am so whole-heartedly passionate about? Beyond lucky. I am in love with what I do: group classes, workshops and teacher training. Guiding others toward health and happiness is an honor. What makes your studio special? Yoga Aura offers vinyasa-style yoga classes in the heat. The heat varies from 95 to 104 degrees depending on the intensity of the class offered. The heat assists muscles to stretch and bend deeper, detoxify the body, and offers that extra element of cardiovascular work. How can people learn more about the studio? You can check out class times and descriptions at www.yogaaura.com. and take a class. Visit David Ramoy’s Power Vinyasa Flow class at The United States of Fitness on Wednesday: 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Sunday 12-1:30 p.m.; The CozyYogi on Monday, 6-7:15 p.m., and 7:30-8:45 p.m. Or email me at Davidramoy@gmail. com.