For someone looking to find a studio to practice yoga, your options are endless.
Each studio has its own character and energy depending on the owner(s) and their mission. There are larger studios that cater to high-end clients that have huge rooms to accommodate large classes and are truly posh. There are modest and small classes held within the ancillary rooms of churches and operate on a donation basis.
And then there is your middle ground – a neighborhood studio that offers an intimate environment and is focused on community.
If the latter sounds like a good fit for you then you must check out Go Inward.
This studio is a gem. Located in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, Go Inward is inviting, beautiful and intimate. Class sizes are small and afterward, students are encouraged to enjoy a hot cup of spiced tea and chat or ask the friendly and approachable instructors questions about the class. Its very genuine community feel becomes apparent when speaking with other students and hearing their enthusiasm for the space and the teachers.
Why It’s Important
With so many of us almost constantly connected to our devices, it’s getting harder to focus or relax. Being incessantly on our phones and laptops taxes our nervous system by keeping it wound up.
To counteract the overstimulation and nervous fatigue experienced as a result of being “plugged in” all of the time, it is essential to do something restorative, like yoga, that calms the mind and gives the body a release. Go Inward offers classes that work to do just that.
Kelsea Mazzocco, who co-owns the studio with her husband, is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Her teaching style is exemplary of the founding teacher of Kundalini Yoga in the west, Yogi Bhajan. He spoke at length about the effectiveness of this yoga practice to balance the nervous system – something he saw as vitally important as we become more dependent on technology. He made the connection between the easy accessibility of information and the stress it would put on our nervous system.
To help people cope with those stressors and take better care of themselves, Go Inward provides a number of classes that include Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Teens, Meditation, and Qi Gong – all with the intention of helping people reconnect with themselves and leave feeling charged up and ready to take on life from a centered and balanced place.
More than just a yoga studio, Go Inward is also home to holistic practitioners who offer Life and Business Coaching, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. They are tending to the whole person rather than simply instructing you on your yoga posture. To further support you in creating a more balanced life, they also offer workshops.
If you live in the neighborhood, it is a gift to have such a special space in walking distance. And if you don’t live in the neighborhood then it is well worth the drive.
© 2018 Tamara Jefferies