Learn about a yoga studio in Anderson helping people experience a healthy body and mind in the midst of the pandemic.
Practice Yoga Cincinnati is a yoga studio and community focused on making steps toward a healthier body and mind with each practice.
The Anderson-based studio was previously called Simply Power Yoga (SPY) Central, but is now called Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “SPY Central was started in 2012 and took over at the end of 2014,” says Bridget Henson, Owner of Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “We recently transitioned names just a few months ago to Practice Yoga Cincinnati.”
The inspiration behind the business came from her being a teacher. “I had just finished a teacher training and was still very nervous about teaching and the opportunity presented itself to take over, or the studio may close. I took a chance and haven’t looked back since,” Henson recalls.
There are many classes offered through Practice Yoga Cincinnati. Classes are offered that are private and public, as well as virtual and in-studio. These classes include:
There are many health benefits associated with yoga, but one of the main ones Henson said was hydration. “Our bodies are complex, amazing beings and our tissues need to move in order to absorb and hydrate properly,” she says. “It’s not just about drinking water…although, keep up with that, too! At the end of class, there is that mental clarity one gets after practicing that just feels good and that mental ease is such a beautiful gift as well.”
To Henson, success is being able to help people. “If we can help even one person, I feel like we’ve succeeded. The benefits of this practice are long lasting and deep. They can also be profound and temporary,” she says. “I think it all matters and it’s important to note that it can be so much more than a physical practice, but the body is where we begin.”
The pandemic has really affected the vision for Practice Yoga Cincinnati. “Before the pandemic — the week before shutdown — we moved into our new space. My vision was to grow and expand offerings: more classes, Reiki, cupping and other bodywork modalities. What it looks like today is much different. Fewer classes and no face-to-face body workers are scheduled at this time,” Henson says. “Having moved locations a few weeks before having my first kid, we are playing it safe and just going with what is at the moment. I know we’ll get back to it someday soon, but who knows what it will look like! My personal practice is to detach from those expectations.”
Henson says everyone who teaches at Practice Yoga brings their expertise and compassion to the business. “I am really proud of that. What makes us unique is that we are all individuals bringing our experiences and lives to the practice,” she explains.
Practice Yoga Cincinnati is important for the community because of how it changes lives, Henson says. “The point of this practice is not about looking good in your yoga gear. It can really change people’s lives for the better,” she adds.