There's a class for everybody at Freedom Yoga!
Toni Dussex opened Freedom Yoga in Longview to provide the community with a safe place to practice yoga and connect with others.
Freedom Yoga is the only Trauma-Sensitive yoga studio in East Texas.
“The set up is different so that people with PTSD, anxiety, or any kind of trauma can come in and feel more at ease in the environment itself and with the teacher’s teaching style,” said Dussex. “The environment is all carefully planned out to reduce any triggers or emotional discomfort.”
In addition to being trauma-sensitive, Dussex also offers yoga to all military (active and veterans) and first responders on a donation-based rate.
Freedom Yoga offers a variety of classes, so there really is something for every body.
Here are their classes and descriptions:
Gentle: (60 Min) Gentle Yoga classes are designed to meet the needs of all levels of yogis and yoginis, including beginners. Gentle Yoga will be challenging at times but gentle. Gentle Yoga aids in connecting mind & body, building strength, increasing flexibility, reducing tension, decreasing stress, and gaining a sense of overall calm and well-being.
Yoga for Beginners: (60 Min) While Gentle Yoga classes are designed for all levels, this class is only for those who are brand new to yoga. The class is designed to ensure that everyone can feel more at ease knowing each student participant is brand new to yoga.
Multi-Level Vinyasa: (60 Min) A “take what you need” style of Vinyasa (Flow) class that is a perfect fit for beginner, intermediate or advanced students. Freedom Yoga instructors offer customized pose options to make individual practice gentler, more challenging or whatever you feel that you need. There is absolutely no judgement or competition here so give Multi-Level Yoga a try!
Vinyasa: (60 Min) Vinyasa is a style of yoga designed to flow in and out of poses while matching movement with breath. Vinyasa Yoga classes challenge while building strength, balance, and flexibility. You may leave class feeling utterly calm and energized.
Flexibility & Strength: (60 Min) Yoga for Flexibility & Strength class is perfect for yoga enthusiasts, competitive athletes, active military, veterans, medical first responders and fitness gurus. Primary focus of class is to build core, back, hip, upper body strength and flexibility.
Release & Restore:(90 Min) Release & Restore class is perfect for those who need to reduce the amount of stress in their lives, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this “Trauma-Sensitive” class, Toni teaches tools for releasing stored stress and restoring the nervous system in order to reach homeostasis. Students will learn tools for releasing stored tension and stress from the body, breathing techniques, yoga stretches, restorative postures, Meditation, Guided Meditation and Yoga Nidra. Another highly recommended class for active military, veterans, and first responders.
Aerial Yoga: (60 Min) Aerial Yoga combines traditional yoga postures with an aerial hammock suspended from the ceiling. The hammock resembles a long scarf but is made of high-density fabric which can bear the weight of thousands of pounds. Aerial Yoga provides benefits of traditional yoga while amplifying benefits for students such as, deeper stretches, inversions and spinal decompression for back pain relief. Aerial Yoga strengthens muscles using gravitational pull which encourages muscles to compensate and work harder.
Peace & Presence: (60 Min) Believing that God made not only the mind and the spirit but also the body, Grace draws on her biblical studies to bring you this uniquely crafted, scripture-guided yoga class. The call of God to seek his presence and rest in His peace is both a physical and spiritual journey. Bringing the two together is the passion that began Grace on her journey to teach yoga. The focus of this class is knowing God through scripture and utilizing the way He made our nervous system & neural pathways through gentle movement, stretching, and scriptural meditation to deeply experience His peace and presence.
Yin + Restore: (60 Min) This class combines the benefits of both Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Yin yoga increases flexibility by stretching the fascia (connective tissue) between the muscles. The aim is to not only increase flexibility but improve circulation and mobility in the joints. Yin postures are typically held 3-5 minutes. Restorative Yoga Postures are typically done with the support of bolsters and props and are held 5-15 minutes.
Freedom Yoga is located at 175 Beechwood Drive in Longview.
They offer classes 7 days a week. You can check out their class schedule here.
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