Whether you spend time in the gym, on the ice, the field, or log in dozens of miles every week or are just starting a Couch to 5K program, you have probably heard that yoga is good for runners and athletes alike.  But who has the time for all that cross-training, right? Not so fast (unless you’re running)! Our resident athlete, cross-fitter, and marathoner Nari  will help you discover how yoga can make you a better on the ice, the field, or the track: improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, concentration, and balance.

Through a series of 6 classes specifically tailored for athletes, we will practice a sequence of postures designed to lengthen and stretch muscles used when working out, running and training (hamstrings, IT band, hip flexors, tibial muscles, psoas muscles, achilles tendons, and the plantar fascia). We will work to alleviate spinal compression and build strength in the core to improve endurance and alignment during your runs. We will learn breathing techniques to help relax your body and make it more efficient.

Specifically scheduled for late Sunday afternoons, these classes are designed to be forgiving and customizable to complement and help you recover from your weekend long run. The goal of the series is to help you reverse the imbalances created by your favorite sport. Each class will have a specific focus and will build on the previous week’s practice, so as give you a complete set of tools you can use on your own to complement your runs at the end of all 6 weeks. The focus of week 1 will be hips, week 2 – hamstrings, week 3 – core, week 4 – balance, week 5 – breathing, and week 6 will put it all together.

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As we approach the autumn equinox our bodies must acclimate to a shift in climate, cooler weather, and often an enhanced, hectic daily schedule. These shifts often leave us feeling fatigued and scattered. The purpose of this chakra restorative workshop is to calm the mind, rejuvenate the body and place us in balance and feeling ready for seasonal changes. This workshop will include a brief overview of Ayurveda and how it relates to the seasons, and the body, a solid warm up and seven restorative poses starting with the base chakra and moving up to the crown of the head. Restorative yoga is practiced laying down on a mat with props for support. Each pose is designed to be deeply relaxing with a healing aspect. Each pose will be paired with an essential oil and affirmation that goes with the chakra. This workshop is open and accessible to all levels of student, equally beneficial for the beginner or the long time practitioner. This class will be taught by two yoga teachers,, Julie Aronis and Shannon O’Haverty.

Shannon O’Haverty has been a practicing yoga teacher for 9 years. She teaches Yoga to adults and children. Shannon teaches, gentle, basic, restorative and therapeutic Yoga. She received her Yoga training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox Massachusetts, where she is currently pursing her 500 teacher training, Yoga Point in Nasik India, and Rainbow Yoga for kids in Montreal Canada. Shannon has also studied women’s therapeutic Yoga under Soni Anderson and Tina Nance. Ms. O’Haverty is passionate and involved in research on the use of gentle Yoga as an addendum to psychotherapy treatment for generalized anxiety.

Do you love yoga or acupuncture and want to see how they mix? Have you been doing one and wondering what the other has to offer? The word yoga means union. It’s the joining together of breath, body and mind – mind, body and spirit. This unique class will begin with centering followed by the exploration of the breath through multiple asanas in an intelligent, therapeutic flow. This program will stretch, strengthen, lengthen and tone every space in the physical body. Class will conclude with an extended savasana and guided meditation. Afterwards a community style acupuncture treatment on your mat is included for each of the participants. Simple treatment options will include a choice of a “Four Gates Treatment” (helps with calming and quieting the mind, strengthening and nourishing all the muscles and tendons), a “Fall Immune Boost”(targets the lungs and immune system) or a “Back In Action Treatment” (targeting the spinal column and muscles of the back). We look forward to guiding you through the vast inner landscape of your being during this relaxing yet invigorating experience. Class size is limited to 12 participants and we are running and early bird savings of $5 if you register online by Sept. 14th!

Joan Howard has been practicing yoga for twenty five years. She has been teaching, in the Boston area, for over a decade. Her classes are taught in a very traditional Hatha (Sun/Moon) flow. Joan trained in the therapeutic tradition, of Vini-Yoga, from the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Joan has studied with many world renowned yogis. Her classes are a unique blending of multiple yoga traditions.

Jay Guanci, Lic. Ac. has been practicing acupuncture in Reading since 2007. He holds a Master’s degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, the country’s oldest college of Oriental Medicine. Jay is trained in both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, as well as Dr. Tan’s balance style. He is experienced in treating all types of health issues. He’s been practicing yoga regularly for 3 years and is very intrigued by the similarities in these two disciplines.
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Yoga Nidra Sunday Series 7-8PM with Linda $59

Pre-natal Sept. Series Fridays 5-6:15PM with Sarah & Karen $59 or $18 drop ins

Intro-to Yoga for Beginners Sat. 12th 11-1PM with Ginger$35

Intro-to-Arm Balances Sat. 19th 11-1 with Stephanie $35

Running & Yoga Tune-Up Clinic Sat. 13th 2-5PM with Nari $40

Family Yoga  Sun. 20th 1-1:45 PM with Julie (ages 4-9 with caretaker) $25
Kids Yoga 
(ages 5-8)Tuesdays 3:45-4:45PM September & October with Julie $79 

Om-to-Tone Sat. 26th 11-1 with Danielle $35

Stretch & Release Yoga & Acupuncture   Sunday 27th1-3PM with Jay Guanci & Joan Howard $35

Roots is looking to add to our sub list for the Fall!   If you or someone you know is interested in joining our wonderful community of instructors and students please send an email to Ginger at
*RYT200 certificate required*  & must attend at least 5 Roots Yoga classes