Expansions Yoga expands surroundings

Kitsap residents now have a new place where they can relax and de-stress.

Expansions Yoga, previously operating out of the Body reForm Pilates studio, is expanding and opening its first studio on Silverdale’s waterfront. The new studio, located in the Ebb Tide Building on Bayshore Drive, opened its doors this past Monday. This will be the first location in Silverdale to focus exclusively on yoga.

“I want people to feel like this is a sanctuary where they can relax,” said Cynthia Land, instructor and owner of Expansions Yoga.

Land became involved in Yoga in 1996. She previously worked as a reporter for KOMO news station and she was looking for a way to relax and de-stress.

“It was all about synchronicity, everything just came into play,” Land said. “I was meant to open a yoga studio.”

Land grew up in Bremerton and attended Bremerton High School and later attended the University of Washington. She also holds a teaching certificate from Prana Yoga and Zen Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. She will soon complete an 11-month course and will graduate from Alexandar’s School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma in August. She is also a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, an international organization cultivating teaching integrity.

“People are often surprised by yoga because they find that they become more spiritually connected to themselves and the world around them.” Land said. “Among other things yoga means union. It is a unification of body and mind.”

Expansions Yoga offers nine classes a week and 2 or 3 classes a day. The classes are held in eight week sessions and drop-ins are welcome.

“The main reasons people participate in yoga are because they want to de-stress, they see a favorite celebrity doing it or they want to get stronger and more fit,” said Land.

Currently, there are about 50 people enrolled and because of this new studio there is no longer anyone on the waiting list. Expansions Yoga offers three different types of classes, gentle yoga, yoga basics and power yoga. Land hopes to begin offering pregnancy yoga classes in the fall. Including Land, there are four instructors. Kasi Lynn, Sage Hopkins and Lisa Ballou have recently joined the teacher roster.

“I continued doing yoga because I found the right teacher. Teachers need to be properly trained and very empathetic. They need to understand where students are coming from,” said Land.

Land will soon be integrating massage with Yoga, which is known as passive yoga. She is also trying to get more senior yoga classes started.

“Yoga can help keep seniors active and can help them maintain movement and mobility,” said Land.

Expansions Yoga will be holding an open house starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 11, in conjunction with the Old Town Silverdale Artwalk. The studio will offer free 15 minute massages featuring the studio’s resident massage therapist, Brenda Flick, LMP. At the same time the studio will also act as a revolving gallery featuring the artwalk’s artists’ work.

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