A local yoga studio is getting to the root of improving physical and mental health as well as the community. Read on for all the om-inspiring details.
There is a yoga practice in Covington that wants to see people improve mentally and physically.
“Rooted Yoga is a studio rooted in community and breath,” Jessica Esme Staff, Founder of Rooted Yoga, says. “Rooted is a second floor urban studio located in the heart of Covington that offers more than just in studio yoga classes, but offers a way of mindful living.”
Launched in 2016, there are now four people in leadership positions and 10 instructors for the classes.
Staff’s inspiration behind starting Rooted Yoga came from a car accident she was in 20 years ago. “It left me a bit unmoored from my body. Yoga brought me back in touch, physically and mentally, inspiring me to explore my practice in more depth and to bring yoga to others as a teacher,” she says. “From studio settings to school programs to my former roles in human resources and wellness allowed me to consistently fold yoga into my efforts to foster health and mindful living.”
Rooted Yoga developed from a project called Yogi and the Farmer, which was “an urban farming and community wellness initiative that brought mind, body and food together,” she says. Out of this project, Rooted Yoga has been able to form an uplifting community for yoga and the mind.
Rooted Yoga offers a variety of difference services, including yoga classes: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative. “We also offer meditation classes and other specialized workshops. We have Pilates classes and Tabata,” Staff says. They also offer two Yoga Teacher Training Programs in the Spring and Fall.
Rooted Yoga is also rooted in the community, Staff says. “Rooted Yoga has supported social service agencies in Covington and beyond, with a mission to build on the mindfulness we pursue on the mat and to do what we can for the broader community. In doing so, we work directly with our not-for-profit partners to help where the need is greatest. We do this by hosting weekly donation-based classes, as well as larger scale monthly events to raise money, material donations and awareness for their needs,” she adds. “We also ensure our students are involved in community by offering a different type energy exchange program. Instead of cleaning the studio, or working the front desk, we created a different kind of energy exchange, in which yogis give back to the community, in exchange for reduced-rate membership.”
Rooted Yoga also has four partners who serve their neighborhood in a variety of ways. “Our members volunteer with any of those partners for four hours each month and earn unlimited yoga classes at the studio for a reduced rate,” she says, adding that she loves the community and beautiful space she gets to work in. “[I love] knowing I have a beautiful space to practice and share yoga in and all the wonderful members of our community. It is like family, every day.”