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Universal Spirit Yoga Empowers Lives From Cribs to College

By Elisha Neubauer

Universal Spirit Yoga is the oldest yoga studio in the suburbs of Napervile, Illinois. Established in 1998, the studio has since switched hands, although it has never lost sight of the true intention of the facility.

The concept behind Universal Spirit Yoga is to empower the students who attend. The studio teaches more than just yoga classes, they teach students how to do it safely on their own.

"We empower them to take charge of their well-being," Poonam Gupta, current Director and Owner of Universal Spirit Yoga, said.

In order to create a safe space for students to learn and grow in their practice, the instructors of Universal Spirit Yoga are all highly trained. They have undergone extensive yoga training and many have been teaching the practice for decades. Each teacher is trained on how to utilize props and modifications properly to enhance the practice without injury or strain.

The atmosphere of the studio is relaxed and genuine. The staff strives to create an ambiance unlike mainstream gyms and studios. There is no feeling of competitiveness, no rigid structure. The studio is free-flowing, like a family.

A variety of classes are offered by the studio, allowing students to change things up and balance out their routine. Classes can be gentle, challenging, dynamic, and restorative.

"We also offer yoga teacher training and many other holistic workshops in the studio for teachers and students which provides an ongoing opportunity for everyone to grow," Gupta said.

One of the great programs offered by the studio is yoga for children. Children's classes start as early as 10 weeks old and go up the age of pre-teen and teen. Yoga is an extremely beneficial addition to any child's activity regime. Children, in general, are more flexible than adults but can lose this extra flexibility over time if they do continue utilizing it. Adding a practice of yoga to their weekly activites can help them to hold onto this increased flexibility as they enter adulthood. Yoga also helps youths become more aware of their own health, as well as helping them to gain self-confidence during their younger years. A regular practice has also shown to increase concentration.

"Our summer camps are fun and very creative ways for children to be involved in a physical activity is a safe, non-competitive way," said Gupta. "They learn about the body, sing songs and do hurdles course to help with balance, focus, and healthy self-awareness."Summer camps are offered in June and July and are a week long.

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