About Spacious Heart Yoga

Spacious Heart Yoga has been operating in Goshen since 2004 with the same intention:  to create a safe, welcoming space for people to discover and explore the powerful practice of yoga in the presence of community.28

Spacious Heart Yoga was founded upon the belief that the practice of yoga has the potential to build peaceful and inclusive communities by inviting each person into their own power and wisdom – of their body, mind, and heart.  Through each individual stepping into their own truth, joy, and aliveness, criticism and competition lose their hold. Everyone is celebrated for who they are, just as they are and the community grows stronger.

Join us in our beautiful downtown studio in your own time, in your own way.  We invite you to step into the power that your body and mind hold, and we hope that you will support others in doing the same.

Specialty services available by appointment.

Our Philosophy

EnJOY Yourself

At Spacious Heart Yoga, we believe that yoga is meant to be fun!  We invite you into a space of safety and support so that you can relax, be comfortable, and have a good time!  Step into the beauty, strength, and joy of your own body.

shyoga_slide_4Warm and Welcoming

We recognize that many times yoga studios are intimidating to new students.  We want everyone to feel comfortable in our studio, which is why we offer a variety of classes for all different levels.  Still unsure?  Send us an email about your concerns or drop in and have a cup of tea with us to get comfortable before you give it a try.

We welcome anyone who wants to encounter and explore body, mind, and spirit through yoga.  Big or small, young or in your golden years, male or female – everyone is welcome here.

Spacious Heart Yoga (SHY) was built on the idea that connection is a basic human desire; we all want to feel as though we belong.  We intend for SHY to be a space in which you can allow yourself to be supported by those around you, as well as a space you can step into and offer your own gifts to the community through your friendship, your practice, and whatever other way you see fit.  Join us in practicing together…to strengthen our bonds with each other so that we can more fully offer from the Heart to the greater and global community.

Alignment Matters

The instructors at SHY have had professional yoga training in the philosophy and asana (physical postures).  It is from this knowledge that each teacher guides you into poses with skillful sequencing and alignment cues allowing you to tap into an authentic expression of your physical experience SAFELY.

The instructors offer individual attention, including modifications, props, and adjustments, so that each student can find a form of the posture that takes into account the unique gifts and challenges of his or her body.

Guru Principle

It is true that teachers hold a lot of wisdom and knowledge about the practice of yoga, but this is never to distract the student from the truth that on some level, he/she knows him/herself best.  While the instructors guide students into poses, alignment, and teachings of yoga, it is up to the students how they receive, digest and respond to what has been offered.

The word “guru” from Sanskrit has several interpretations:  teacher/guide,  the process of moving from darkness to light, and ‘weighty’, ‘stabilizing’, ‘magnetizing’.  Taking all of these ideas as valid and useful, we believe that each person, through practice, honest and supportive community, and through cultivation of deep self-knowing, has the ability to tap into their own innate wisdom…wisdom of body, mind, and heart.  Our goal is to support each student’s journey of trusting their own body and Heart wisdom.

Trauma Care Yoga

This is an hour-long class including breathing, stretching, strengthening and resting. The class utilizes shared movement to practice body awareness and choice making. Participants will be invited to notice what they feel in the body and to make appropriate adjustments to increase physical comfort.

The class will help students:

  • learn self-regulation skills
  • increase feelings of connection with the body
  • decrease intrusive, repetitive thought patterns

No yoga experience necessary. It is recommended that students be concurrently seeing a mental health therapist. There will be no teacher adjustments in this class. This is a structured class suitable for individuals who have difficulty in groups. The class will begin early 2015. The day and time will be determined as participants enroll. For information or to enroll contact: Alyssa Driver
517-410-6093 alyssahollydriver@gmail.com

Alyssa is an MSW with 12 years of experience as a clinical social worker. She earned her degree in social work in 2000 from Michigan State University. She has worked in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and with adolescents in a school setting. She began instructing yoga in 2006 and completed her 500 hours in 2007 at Hilltop Yoga in Lansing, MI. Additionally, she has completed forty hours of training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center in Boston, MA.

Pre and Post Natal Yoga

This class is specifically designed for women who are pregnant or prepping their minds and bodies for pregnancy.

Within the class you will explore breath, sound, and movement as a way of connecting to yourself and your baby. Build community with other pregnant women each week as you delve into the mystery and wonder of your own unique experience. *Even if you have never practiced yoga before, this is the perfect class for you. Please contact Sheri Bontrager at (574)606-9937 or email sheri@spaciousheartyoga.com