Sunflower Yoga is an all-inclusive space in the heart of downtown Springfield offering a wide range of instruction including yoga, Pilates and even a little Zumba!
We offer workshops, guided meditation and wellness classes and strive to be a safe, comfortable place for you to strengthen the heart, mind, body, and spirit. Classes are held throughout the week Monday thru Sunday. We offer something for everyone, from kids to adults.
I started doing yoga in 2017 during a time when I was dealing with anxiety and depression. It was like my body had taken over and I could not control the increased heart rate, insomnia and fear of simple things like driving on the highway or teaching a fitness class. I felt paralyzed, thinking, “what the heck is going on with me?! This is not me!”
I began doing daily meditation and breathing exercises as well as yoga and, well I admit, taking a small dose of anxiety medicine, too!, I started attending yoga classes at different local studios. I learned so much from the different instructors. I realized that yoga was not some mystic, eastern religion- based practice but a way to incorporate breathing, movement and postures that strengthened my mind and body. I also learned that I was not going to be required to twist my body like a pretzel! The calm with which the classes were taught as well as the empowerment to honor my body and move in a way that felt good to me was so refreshing and, yes, enlightening! While strength is required for certain moves, so is being mindful and breathing through those moves at a pace that feels good and does not cause pain.
I have been a fitness instructor in some sense for the past 35 years. I started teaching in college during the Jane Fonda, big hair and leggings fitness days. Since then, I have created classes in Europe, Central and South America as well as here in the good ole U.S. of A. Being active has always been important to me. I believe our bodies were created for movement.
Opening Sunflower Yoga is the culmination of 40 years of preparation (like Moses in the Bible before the Exodus!). I hope that my experience, strength and hope will be a blessing to all who stop by to take in a session, attend a wellness class or come to a quiet place to think or meditate. Be sure to come check out the courtyard garden once the weather warms! Hope to see you soon! ~Becky