Want to spice up your love life? Sick of the generic dinner and a movie outings? Why not try something new, like Date Night at Hand to Heart Yoga, Friday April 30th, where newer couples can get to know each other better and those who are in relationships can reconnect.
Erin Cook, owner of Hand to Heart Yoga, says the yoga she offers isn’t the normal stretch class you’ve heard about in the past: it’s much more. Since the opening of her studio in January, she has held monthly workshops combining yoga with other fun and exciting activities and ideas, such as Yoga, Chocolate & Wine and Face Yoga, along with the upcoming events like Yoga as Art and Yoga & Kayaking.
“These combo workshops I create are really my true passion,” said Cook. “I have noticed these combo workshops bring a whole new crowd of people into the studio who might otherwise be intimidated to step into a traditional yoga class.”
During Date Night Yoga couples will be able to unwind as they partake in assisting one another in foundation level yoga poses, utilizing each other’s strengths collectively to successfully maneuver through these partner poses. Together couples will try to find their balance with their partners and at the end will enjoy a deep relaxation session lying side by side.
“Date Night Yoga is all about letting loose, laughing and having fun with your partner,” said Cook. “Practicing yoga with your significant other is a whole new experience and it’s sure to be a date you’ll never forget.”
After the class is over, couples will be presented with their choice of 15% off coupons to select restaurants in the local area, to places like Tabree, serving French cuisine or The Wine Thief, a bistro and wine bar. These coupons are only valid on the night of the class and she suggests making dinner reservations in advance.
Couples yoga is recommended to anyone of every age and ability level. Even if you’ve never taken yoga, it’s a guaranteed fun time to test the waters and see what yoga is all about, while being able to share that new experience with other people, especially your significant other.
The class will require couples to listen intently to each other while being supported in stances that may feel unfamiliar, yet will serve as exercise and relaxation. After overcoming these challenging poses, couples should feel rewarded in the end, realizing the joint effort put forth into completing these positions is something to be proud of, considering the level of trust demanded from both participants.
“It’s a new twist on a dinner and a movie,” said Cook. “Instead of sitting in a movie theater for hours not speaking, you can really connect with your significant other in a whole new way.”
Since the opening of her studio Cook now has regulars who she teaches on a weekly basis, as well as her share of drop-ins who are curious about her studio and style of teaching.
“Her class was more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be,” said Kristen Soos, a beginner yoga student from North Tonawanda. “She made me want to continue though because it was fun and made me feel stronger.”
Cook has been able to witness her students, who include some who have never studied yoga before, transform and progress both physically and mentally in their abilities.
Classes will run from 6:30 to 8 PM on Friday April 30th at Hand to Heart Yoga at 425 Elmwood Ave. To pre-register for Date Night or find out more information on other yoga classes call (716) 507-8422.