Yoga at the Ferndale Library, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, and March 10

Yoga at the Ferndale Library, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, and March 10

FERNDALE, MI– The physical and mental improvements alone can make practicing yoga an ideal health-focused New Year’s Resolution. But everyone who’s interested in yoga can’t always align their schedules, find a studio close enough, or afford a regular membership. That’s why Ferndale-based yoga instructor Tina Iulianelli is inviting the community into the Ferndale Library on the second Sunday of the winter months, where first-timers (along with all skill-levels) can take part in a designedly accessible and inclusive “slow flow” class.

Iulianelli will host three 1-hour sessions in the Ferndale Library on Sundays: January 13, February 10, and March 10; beginning at 1 pm each day, each session will be free, and open to the public. No registration is required. The library’s Community Room is carpeted; attendees will need to bring their own mat, towel, or small blanket, and dress for flexibility.

“My own introduction to yoga, and I think it’s true for many people, is through its physical benefits,” said Iulianelli. She started 10 years ago to ameliorate the wear and tear of her prior competitions in the Detroit Roller Derby league. “But yoga can work from the outside in,” she said. “In Yogic tradition, the (seated) Asanas (pose) supports our body’s ability to remain still during meditation. You realize that through this breathing, I’m able to stay with something and help respond rather than react to an external pressure.”

Iulianelli was recently certified as a regular yoga teacher, and she’s been leading a “slow flow” class at Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak over the last year. She just co-founded a non-profit with her fellow teacher Amy Anderson called Motor Om, working toward establishing a mobile yoga studio that can meet new students at accommodating/public spaces in the community. Motor Om has big plans for 2019, but for now, Iulianelli is looking forward to leading a class in a library, where she warns that her inner bookworm will find it hard to resist dropping a few literary puns.

What carries over from Motor Om’s goals into Iulianelli’s forthcoming New Year Yoga program at the library is a desire to give as many people access to yoga and let them share in the experience and benefits. “It’s called ‘Yoga practice,’ not ‘Yoga perfect,’” said Iulianelli. Yoga postures should be done safely and sensibility for each individual’s body types, while dispelling self-doubt. “It’s about following what’s right for you,” said Iulianelli. If you choose yoga at the library as your 2019 resolution, remember that there is no right or wrong path, only your path. “Don’t be concerned with what’s happening on other mats, focus more on what’s on your mat–that’s part of the self-awareness and introspection that comes, over time, with practice.”

Iulianelli has since “retired” from Roller Derby, but she has found myriad benefits, beyond the physical, through practicing and teaching yoga. “It can start as a physical practice,” she said, “But if you continue, it can start to influence the way you view what you’re eating, how you carry your body, and your “diet” not as a form of weight loss but just as a form of respect for your body. All these subtle benefits, from breathing and meditation, are wonderful byproducts of that physical practice – but you need a safe and welcoming environment to start.”

The Ferndale Library is exactly that kind of environment. Come meet Iulianelli on Sun., Jan. 13: enjoy the slow flow, find your own path, learn a bit about Motor Om, and share a few literary puns of your own.

Yoga For The New Year
January 13 ~ February 10  ~ March 10
Second Sundays of Winter
222 E Nine Mile Rd
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