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Living Water Yoga Welcomes All Students to Practice and Deepen Their Understanding of Yoga

By Kelly Church

Living Water Yoga is a Lockport, IL yoga studio that offers all-levels classes. Owner Bill Austin has been in business for just about one and a half years. Austin, who is a former college football player and veteran of the military, said he never felt as good as he did when he started practicing yoga.

"The inspiration for opening Living Water yoga came from the personal transformation of my own practice, which began in 2014," Austin said. "It is so much more than just a workout. Out of that came a deep desire to get my teaching certification so that I could share the health benefits of yoga (mind, body and spirit) with my local community."

According to Austin, the Living Water Yoga studio is as comfortable for experienced yoga students and beginners alike. Some classes are geared specifically for beginner yogis, like the LW1 Beginner/Level 1 class, and LW Vinyasa All Levels. Both encourage beginners to attend and learn postures.

Other classes include LW2 Vinyasa Level 2, geared towards those who are already familiar with yoga. Energizing flow is a class that guides students through some advanced postures and leads to "sweat and serenity." Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga are two classes that take a more relaxing approach, improving flexibility and incorporating props. Classes are held at 75 degrees.

"The main reason someone should choose our studio and what we have to offer is because our primary focus at Living Water Yoga is on our students," Austin said. "We believe yoga is for everyone, and that is our mission to bring the healing aspects of yoga to as many students as we possibly can."

Living Water Yoga also offers workshops regularly. Austin said these change in format on a monthly basis, but give students an opportunity to learn about topics like sound healing with crystals, essential oils, painting meditation and more.

"We believe that offering these workshops help our yoga community to deepen their practice and get a larger picture of what yoga is really about, plus throw a bit of fun into the mix," Austin said.

Living Water Yoga also received their charter from Yoga Alliance earlier this year, officially making them a registered yoga school. All instructors are registered through Yoga Alliance and are active believers that the student comes first. According to Austin, all instructors at Living Water Yoga continue to practice yoga as students as well, always improving their own technique.

"As a teacher, one must always be a student, and since our community is so diverse, we cater to the needs of the students first, not our ego or need to teach a specific format," Austin said. "Regardless, if you're a beginner or have been practicing for years, we provide an authentic yoga experience, where one can deepen their understanding about yoga in an environment where each student feels like they matter and are deeply cared for."

To learn more about Living Water Yoga, visit livingwateryoga.com.

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