Tranquil Space Arlington & Why You Should Be Living the Yoga Life | The Arlington Insider 5

Tranquil Space Arlington & Why You Should Be Living the Yoga Life | The Arlington Insider 5


How’s it going everyone? Matt Leighton and welcome to episode five
of The Arlington Insider. In this episode, we talk about all things
yoga in Arlington. Why you should be doing, why every man, woman,
and child should be doing yoga. The different types of yoga. I am definitely a beginner that’s why I brought
in an expert, Alyson. We’re in Tranquil Space Arlington, Virginia-Square,
Alyson why don’t you introduce yourself and tell the people a little bit about who you
are and what you do. Hi I am Alyson Latham and I am the studio
manager and also a teacher here at Tranquil Space Arlington. Perfect, I love it. So I think the first thing that we should
get into is why someone should even consider doing yoga because let’s face it, there’s
a lot of different types of exercises out there. Yoga ranks very low I think in terms of intensity,
in terms of actually getting a workout in. If you go to a spin studio, if you go and
do rowing, you’re going to get a much more intense workout in my mind so why should someone
even consider doing yoga? I think there’s something in yoga for everyone. You can kind of make it be whatever you want
it to be or whatever you want to get out of it. It’s great to compliment a lot of other workouts
such as your runners, your cyclers, whatever it may be. It helps to stretch it out. Helps with flexibility that can complement
a lot of different activities. You see more athletes doing it to help prevent
injuries and recover from injuries. So I like it because you can make it be whatever
it is you want it to be. And it’s not just a physical workout, it can
also be a mental workout as well. Which is one of the great things I think about
yoga, it’s multi-faceted. Yeah, I think with yoga there’s a lot of physicality
but it’s a lot mental game too. If you go to the gym and just start lifting
weights that’s only physical and you have dubstep playing in your head and you can’t
really get on a mental level. So I think that’s kind of an underrated facet
of yoga. So we’re at Tranquil Space, I do yoga, I don’t
know what type of yoga this is. There’s different types, there’s hot yoga,
Bikram yoga I just found out those were two different things, there’s this type of yoga. I’m in the beginner class so I just know it
as beginner yoga but I’m sure it’s a different type. So why don’t you quickly touch on a couple
different types of yoga? Okay, what we primarily do here is vinyasa
yoga. So that would be what some consider to be
more of a flow yoga. Linking breath with movement throughout class
so that’s why you’ll see that’s a big focus on that. We also offer a couple of yin classes which
is more targeting the connective tissue in the joints. So it would be a little bit more of less impact
and flow. You would find you could be propped up in
poses using different props and just kind of holding it for a little bit. We also have restorative yoga once a week
which I kind of refer to as yoga nap time, it’s lovely. That’s when you get all the bolsters. Why am I not in that class? Sundays at 6, Matt! Sundays at 6 just after my open houses. Sounds perfect. Nice way to cool down from the weekend. But then there’s also the Bikram. We don’t do Bikram here. That would be the heated practice with a set
series of poses. And then hot yoga is usually in the 90’s as
well. We keep it a little cooler here. I think you would definitely notice if it
was Bikram yoga by now, I would just be sitting in a pool. But yeah, so there’s all different types and
there’s different teachers every single day. And I’ve started to notice like there’s more
people on a certain day whether a certain teacher is teaching. And what’s cool is they have the flexibility
of choosing their own playlist. I know you like some Explosions in the Sky. I’ve heard a couple tracks by them when you’re
teaching. But I’m wondering, is it just like the most
flexible person up there that teaches yoga, and I’m doing kind of a bit here but with
personal training, right you go and you get certified and then you know all the different
types. With nutrition you get certified, is yoga
the same thing? How are these trainers certified and how are
they in front of the class teaching? Ok. We have a yoga training program. It’s through Yoga Alliance Certification is
what you need. We do a 200 and a 500 hour here at Tranquil
Space. All the teachers you have…We also have a
Level 1. Level 1 is kind of like an intro to yoga teaching. Kind of dip your toe in the water, see if
you like it, maybe you want to purse the 200 hour, maybe you don’t. Or you could even do that as an indivual to
deepen your own practice. But then we have the 200-hour is what you
need to actually be a teacher. So everybody that teaches here at Tranquil
Space Arlington is either going through our 200-hour or our 500-hour teacher training
program. 500 hours? 500 hours. Well it’s the 200 hours plus an additional
300 hour. That’s a lot of hours. So it’s a lot. They’ve been through a lot. They’ve gone through it. It doesn’t mean they need to be the most flexible,
it’s not the one that can always pop right up into a headstand. Because if you’ve ever seen me in the back
of the class, you probably never see me pop up into a headstand so I’m not a big inverter
but I can still teach them. Yeah that’s what I like about it, in my class
specifically, I’m doing child’s pose, the person next to me is doing a handstand, you’re
doing your thing. Just because the teacher says ‘everyone do
this’, it’s like ‘well my body just doesn’t do that so I’m going to chill’. Right and that’s a big thing that we teach
here is listening to your own inner teacher and your own body and that’s a big thing about
yoga. You can kind of become connected to your body
more than you might otherwise just knowing, ‘you know what? I have a hip issue, or I have a knee issue.’ I’m going to modify that pose. So as teachers, we kind of facilitate the
practice, but if a pose isn’t for you, you can skip a vinyasa, you can hang out in child’s
pose if you don’t know what we’re saying. We want you to honor yourself and where you
are. Yeah, I thinkt that’s perfect and I think
in Arlington at least to the naked idea, there seems to be a lot more yoga studios opening
up. I know there’s a Bikram studios in Ballston,
there’s yoga with the weights in Rosslyn. So at least to the naked eye, it seems like
yoga is becoming more popular, more mainstream. It’s no longer this thing where everyone is
spiritual and takes place in India, I don’t think it’s that way, I think it’s more mainstream
now. Is that what you’re seeing? What is the trend of yoga in Arlington in
this area? It’s definitely growing. You see a lot more popping up every day. And I think it’s a great thing. And you have a lot of different varities. Every studio probably does things a little
bit differently. But I think it’s important. More people are getting to know it, getting
to be familiar with yoga and giving it a try and seeing whether or not it works for them. And I think there’s something in it for everybody
so no matter what you’re doing, you can get something out of yoga and everybody can walk
away with something different out of each practice and I think that’s the beauty of
it. Yeah in this class there’s everyone from,
I think there’s like a 7-year old little girl that does practice sometimes all the way up
to 65-year old people so it runs the gamut of the type of person that this would be interested
to. In Tranquil Space Arlington specifically,
you said each yoga studio is kind of a little bit different. Well how is Tranquil Space different than
the next yoga studio in Clarendon or in Rosslyn. One of the main things. that I think does make us different is that
we offer hands-on assists, which not all studios do. Particularly if you go to yoga in a gym, maybe
some yoga studios do, but I would say that’s probably one of the things that does set us
apart. Doesn’t mean you’re doing anything right or
wrong, it just means (the teacher) might be helping you out with your alignment. Maybe taking you deeper into a pose. So assisting is one of the big things I think
that sets us apart during everyday classes. Then we have our small special touches with
the tea and cookies after class. Kind of gives it a homey nice warming and
welcoming enviornment. Yeah the assists especially because you know
we do the 6:45am On-the-Go yoga in the morning and the teacher will come around and do the
assist on me and then ask me if that felt OK. I’m like you just gave me a massage at 7 in
the morning. It’s going to feel OK, thanks for asking. So I like the assists, to me that’s good. How should someone go about choosing a yoga
studio. Because this works for me because it was a
recommendation and I am walking distance away. But for some other people you might see the
sign outside, maybe you have a free class that gets people in the door. Sometimes it’s a little intimdating just to
walk into a class cold. So how should someone go about deciding what
yoga studio works for them? I mean, there’s a lot around here. We have a new student special which is great
to help people come in and try different teachers. It’s $49 unlimited for your first month and
you can come in. You can try all our different teachers, our
different class styles. Find one that works for you. Different studios might have different things
too so you can come in and just sort of give it a try. So it’s nice to see what speaks to you. And I know it can be pretty intimidating to
walk into a brand new yoga studio, especially for people that are new to yoga and don’t
really know what they’re getting yourself into. So we try to be very welcoming to our newbies,
we give them a tour of the studio so they know how to line up their mat. I mean, I remember the first time I came to
this yoga studio I tried to convince a friend to come with me just because I had been practicing
for a while but I was just like “I don’t really know how they do it there.” So I didn’t want to just show up by myself. So having the friend come with you and they
were super welcoming. By the time I walked in the door I already
felt better. And then they give you a little tour, a little
goodie bag, I knew where everything was. I felt comfortable going in to an unkown place
as opposed to just sort of… I’ve been to yoga studios where they just
sort of walked in and said “Alright you’re in room B.” and I’m like “Okay, I have no
idea where that is but thank you I’ll go find it”. So we do what we can to lessen those fears
of walking. So it sounds like you had been doing yoga
beforehand and then found the studio, me, I had never done, I may had done like one
class like four years ago so to me that doesn’t count. So I think it attracts different levels of
students, so what sort of program do you offer to accommodate those different levels? Well we have a multitude of classes. We have our yoga 1’s, which is great for brand
new beginners. We also typically do newbie yogi workshop,
so if you’re brand new off-the-street you can come through and walk-through the different
specific poses; the core poses that you see in a lot of classes like your Warrior Ones,
Warrior Two… It will help you with alignment. Yoga 1 will be a little bit more slower pace,
more focused on alignment, walking you through… Then we have our On-The-Go classes, which
we had this morning. And those are all levels classes. Same with our open flow classes. The difference would be the On-The-Go is 60
minutes, Open Flow is 75 minutes. But they’re all levels classes. So as you see, teachers give you options to
take it up a notch, down a notch depending on what you’re feeling. Plenty of modifications. And then we have our Yoga 2, which would be
our more-advanced practice. More with jumping forward, jumping back. Maybe throwing in some more inversions and
things like that, as well as our specialty classes as well. Yeah, there’s a lot of programs and I think
it offers a wide demographic. I don’t know what type of clients you’re trying
to get but there’s anywhere from older youger, male, female. And usually, there’s only like one or two
guys in the class, but to me, I am trying to understand why more guys don’t do yoga. I think like society says that guys shouldn’t
do yoga. And I try to convince my friends and they’re
like yeah ‘that stuff isn’t for me’. And I’m like, ‘What, stretching isn’t for
you? Breathing isn’t for you?’ I have a stressful job, you probably has a
stressful job. Everyone has a stressful job and you can’t
take an hour out of your day to meditate. To me, one of the biggest advocates of yoga
who’s a male is Kareem Abdul Jabbar. You might know him as the number one NBA’s
all-time leading point scorer. Here’s a guy, he was drafted 1st overall in
the 1969 NBA draft. He did yoga his whole career. Played in the 60’s, played in the 70’s, he
retired in 1989. He almost played four decades. All-time leader in points and I think he is
the all-time leader in minutes and he once said that the benefits of yoga are the injuries
that I don’t get. Right, it’s almost like a preventative maintenance. So you can puff your chest and try to be all
alpha but before my morning yoga class, I’m at Gold’s Gym Clarendon lifting weights at
5 in the morning. I see guys that walk in cold off the street,
it was like 33 degrees this morning…instantly put on all this weight and just start going
at it. I’m like well that might help you out tomorrow. Your muscles might look bigger but your bones
are so cold and your muscles are so tight that it’s not going to work out. So I’m trying to understand why more guys
don’t do yoga. I hear ya. I completely agree. I think it’s one of those once you get in
the door, I can see the intimidating factor, and it has been stereotyped as more of a female
kind of activity. But we’ve been getting more and more men that
come into the studio and I think it’s great. One time I think we had five or six guys in
the class and it was in the morning class. It was almost like half the class and I was
like “This is awesome!”. The guys almost out-number the women! I love it. But I will say you often-times see more men
come to recover from an injury and then they kind of get hooked and that’s when they stay. It would be lovely to see them start coming
before the injuries happen and wanting to stay so they don’t have to go through that
as well. I’m for it. I feel like it’s for anyone. We try to hit men, female, we even have baby-and-me. Tots in tights for the little kids to get
them introduced to it early. And you have the pre-natal classes also. So no matter, who you are, what you look like,
there’s probably a program for you. And that’s the thing about yoga. Everyone is welcome, it has something for
everybody. And with these programs, how much are the
costs? So whether it’s a one-time pass, a monthly
pass, a premium pass, what are some price points that we’re looking at? First, we have our $49 unlimited for new students. So if you’re coming to try it out, highly
recommend doing that. If you plan on taking more than three classes
in a month, it totally makes it worth it financially. You can try as many classes as you want so
you can get it down so you’re paying like $1 per class if you wanted to. Can’t beat that. From there, we have our 6 and 10-class passes. Six-class passes are $114, 10-class passes
are $165. They never expire so you can use them over
the course of like 5 years, 6 years, 10 years, whatever it might be. Then we have our monthly memberships which
I would recommend if you’re going to come more than five times in a month. We have our $125 premium membership that includes:
mat storage, you can keep your mat here, unlimited mat and towel rentals, you get one workshop
a month included in the cost of the membership, you get 15% off in the boutique, and you can
bring two yogis that are new to the studio as a guest so they can try it out. And then we have our basic membership which
is $99 unlimited yoga. There’s none of those extra perks to it but
you get as much yoga as you want for $99 each month. Yeah so if you were to do the $99 one and
go 3x a week, 4x a week, that breaks down to like $5 (actually $8.25) a class to have
a professional yoga teacher like assist you, give you that massage at 7 in the morning. And I find that it’s a lot better going to
a class as opposed to doing it on your own. I’m a yoga instructor. I’m certified. I can teach. I do my own practice and I swear they’re like
15 minutes and I feel like I went through a whole practice. And I’d much rather come and take someone
else’s class because then your mind can rest and I can sort of be intuned with my body
as opposed to “What am I going to do next?”, so it’s a lot nicer. I like it. Cool, well, let’s finish it out with the top
3 things someone needs to know about Tranquil Space Arlington. Vinyasa Yoga Studio. Highly recommend it. But it’s also more than just the yoga. You got the mind, body, soul…everything
that goes along with it so it’s not just coming in and getting that workout for your body. But also mentally. In that vein you also have a Great Enviornment
and Community to work with. One of my favorite things about yoga at Tranquil
Space is it’s not just a yoga studio where I walk in the door and walk out. There’s so much more to it. I love our community. Both the staff as well as the yogis that come
to the studio. I’ve made a lot of friendships here, and you
can even see the bonds form between the yogis which I absolutely love. And we also do a lot of Charitable Events. And for example Thanksgiving which is coming
up on Thursday we have two charity classes all proceeds go to So Others Might Eat. We do a couple charity classes throughout
the year and then we also have the Tranquil Space Foundation as well. So it’s more than just a yoga studio, it’s
a way of life and community. Yeah and there’s also a yoga trip to Costa
Rica, it was so cold this morning I was looking at that, I was like “Man..” President’s Day. Over President’s Day weekend. Yeah so there’s like international yoga events,
retreats that happen. With our founder Kimberly Wilson. Super cool. And there’s also a Dupont Circle location
right? Yep! We have a Dupont location as well. 1632 17th St NW. I’ll put a link below. I think that’s correct! (editor’s note: it
is, good memory) But yeah, they’re right up by Dupont Circle. They have three studios in the one location
so plenty of variety of classes up there as well. Cool. That’s about it. For Alyson and myself, thank you very much
for watching. Until next time…any last parting words? I think we’re all good. I think we’re good! Thanks for watching hope to see you in the
studio. Create a productive day, take care!