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8 Tips for Cultivating Your Home Practice 

Cultivating a home practice can be like creating your own haven at home; having your own space to move, unwind and connect. The best part about creating your home practice, is that the space can reflect you entirely. Here are 8 tips that may help you build your at home practice; keep in mind you can get creative and add anything that may make you feel more connected. 

Clear a Space: First things first, clear a space in your home. This can be a corner in your living room, part of your bedroom; really anywhere in your home that is quiet and has enough room to fit yourself and a yoga mat. This may require a little bit of rearranging, but clearing space and clutter will also create space in the mind and body. Consider picking a spot with nice lighting or by a window!

 

Shrine: A shrine doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious, but instead serves as a focal point for your practice space and your yoga practice itself. Add a small table, shelf, or nightstand that can hold any kind of personal items that ground you, inspire you, or connect you to your mat. Examples of these could be crystals, candles, a book, an essential oil diffuser, perhaps a photograph of someone or something that holds meaning. These items add meaning to your space, and help to make it feel like your own.

 

Plants: If your space is by a window, consider adding a plant or two. Adding plants to your yoga haven will make the space feel more alive, help to clear the air, and can even boost healing. Even areas with low natural light can support hardy snake plants, which as a bonus are pet-safe!

 

Commit to creating time for yourself: Giving yourself time to connect and ground will help to establish a sense of routine and expand how you spend the rest of your day or evening. Whether you have 15 minutes or an hour, giving yourself time to move, relax or meditate will improve your wellbeing; leading you into the best version of yourself. (We know it can be challenging to hold yourself accountable to a regular home practice, check out M·Power’s schedule of streaming classes to tune into yourself with the support of your studio community!)

 

Props: Having props can assist your yoga practice in more ways than one. Consider setting aside a yoga strap, blocks, or a bolster so offer your body more support, or aid you in getting deeper into asanas.You can also use alternative household items, such as belts, books, and pillows for DIY props. Consider using items you wouldn’t usually have access to in a yoga studio; such as a wall or chair… or a pair of warm socks and an extra sweater for a cozy savasana!

 

Music: Play your own tunes to set the tone for your practice, whether you’re seeking a sweaty, power vinyasa flow or hoping to relax and unwind with a gentle, restorative practice. You can find plenty of pre-made yoga playlists, or look for playlists created by your favorite yoga instructors! 

 

Use this time to connect inward: Connect to your breath, your body, and mind. In your home practice there isn’t the distraction of other students, so you can use this time to connect to yourself on a deeper level. 

 

Get creative and have fun: Since this is your own space, practice, and body, you can be creative in the way you arrange your space and practice yoga. You have the freedom of creating your own practice, or perhaps take the practice virtually online with a teacher. The space should allow to feel clear and grounded, giving you time to work toward poses you specifically want to work toward. 

 

Always follow your body and intuition; the practice and poses you take should honor your body in the present moment you’re in. Namaste!

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COVID-19 Update: Temporary Studio Closing

To our M·Power community,
M·Power is complying with the State of Maryland’s order to close all gyms, effective 5pm on March 16th.
As you know, at M·Power we have been doing everything we can to modify studio processes to keep our space disinfected, safe, and to discourage the possible spread of COVID-19. Those measures were well received by our community and we appreciate your support.
M·Power will comply with the Governor’s order by temporarily closing the studio. We play to reopen our doors when we are cleared to do so.
We will live stream our classes
We know that this closure can be an inconvenience and that some of you may be feeling isolated due to quarantines and work from home policies. We will be offering live streaming options for our class schedule to continue to support our community with an outlet to manage stress and anxiety.
How to stay safe and slow the spread of COVID-19
In addition to washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face, social distancing is one of the effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we all work together as a community to help manage and limit the spread of this virus. This will help ensure all individuals that are in need of care will have proper access to it. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We will continue to stay up to date on information distributed from the CDC and we recommend you do, as well.
We know this is a difficult time, but as a community we can help each other through it. We will be sending out weekly updates to keep our community aware of what is happening and what to expect with M•Power. We are available to address any concerns or questions you may have, but please be patient with us as we are receiving a high volume of emails and phone calls.
Namaste,
M·Power Yoga and Barre
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6 Reasons to Choose an M.Power Teacher Training

If you’re ready to learn, then this is the space, this is the time to do it.

Erica Schommer, M.Power Yoga Teacher Training Co-Leader

1. We’re not corporate. M.Power offers a well-rounded training that doesn’t just focus on the physical.  We cover Chakras, Ayurveda, Energetics, and how to apply them to teaching and your life.  It’s not just one session and done, it’s a continuous thread throughout the training.

 

2. Seriously awesome guest lecturers. Outside experts in fields ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to philosophy to and meditation bring their knowledge and experience, as well as a fresh perspective!

 

3. Tons of student support. Each student is assigned a mentor for in-person support during training. We also have a high student to teacher ratio and post-graduation learning and teaching opportunities.

 

4. Be ready to teach. M.Power’s easy to learn Language Formulas have consistently helped students and new teachers feel confident leading classes, both during training and in the studio.

 

5. Sequence like a boss. Students learn to sequence from the strong foundation of a well-rounded process, and are also prepared to create their own sequences based on the chakras, energetic themes, or more advanced asanas.

 

6. A bit of co-leader love. Both Jermain Keene and Erica Schommer were trained differently and have unique perspectives on yoga, asana, and teaching. Their different backgrounds and perspectives allow them to lead the M.Power training in a way that encourages every student to become their own teacher.

 

Early Bird Pricing is now available! Save on this investment in yourself HERE.

 

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Yogi of the Month: Brady Robinson

Where are you from and what do you do? 

I am a professional photographer and have a BFA in Photography from MICA. I grew up in Virginia but have lived in three countries (Mexico, Italy and France) and six states (Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, and DC). Baltimore is my art home. After many years of being away, I threw down the anchor in 2015 and bought a house in Patterson Park. I love this city. I am happy to be back (well, at least for now lol). 

I divide my time between personal art projects and commissioned work and own Bmoreculinary food photography/styling, PR and culinary events business.

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From Member to Mentor; Meandering to Mindful Movement. My M•Power Journey

…and before I knew it, I was setting up a time to meet her in person to finalize the paperwork for my membership. Wait…maybe I should back up just a tidge.

It was the spring of 2014; I had hit a wall, both physically and mentally. Longs hours of financial work at the university during the day followed by a kickboxing class or a session of crossfit in the evening had started to become pedestrian. I mean, how many times can you really strike a kickboxing bag before it loses its pizzazz? The answer, as it happens, is 1,372…I counted. Continue reading »

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Feelin’ Farm Fresh at M.Power

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer but we still have plenty long days, warm nights, and a bounty of the finest local produce to keep autumn away. If you’ve found yourself with an overflowing garden of veggies (cucumbers and zucchinis and tomatoes — oh my!), or no idea how to make the most of your latest farmers’ market haul, there’s really no better way to keep living the summer lifestyle than with a batch of garden-fresh gazpacho.

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Student Spotlight: Michael Zablocki

Get more familiar with this familiar face. Michael is July’s Student Spotlight and one of our newest Yoga Teacher Training graduates! Tune in HERE.

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Student Spotlight: Meekah Hopkins

Meet Meekah, May’s spotlight student! Hear how the M.Power community has impacted Meekah’s life HERE.

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Student Spotlight: Ken Tsui

Get to know M.Power community member Ken Tsui and hear about his yoga journey HERE.

 

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Friends with Benefits

This month we’re teaming up with Of Love and Regret to offer FREE post-class soft pretzels, made in house! Head over any day during March from 4-7pm and show them your black M.Power key tag to get your free pretzel with beverage purchase. This deal is available to M.Power members and is dine-in only. Cheers!

P.S. – Did you hear? OLAR is hosting our Members Only Happy Hour on Saturday, March 23rd from 4-7pm. Save your spot HERE.

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Human Connection and the Mind Body Experience

I find myself continually driven to understand and support the human experience. Personally, I developed this curiosity when overcoming adversity and seeing how experiences that led to me feel isolated were actually opportunities to connect and rebuild. As humans, we celebrate successes, honor milestones, cultivate relationships, nurture wounds, grieve losses, face loneliness, ride the rollercoaster of hope, manage fear, and feel love. There is a range of emotions that arises from these experience that can sometimes be intense and overwhelming and can impact us in profound ways. And what triggers emotions can be different for each of us. While a trigger of anxiety may leave me feeling helpless, there is most likely someone else close by, possibly even right next to me, whose trigger was completely different yet who experiences the same emotion. It’s ironic that a feeling that can be so isolating can be so common.

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ONGOING MEMBER SPECIAL

Lock in a special rate of only $99 per month if you commit to a membership during your 30 day trial at M.Power. Don’t wait: After the 30 days membership price goes up by $20 to $119!

 

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October Membership Drive

Sign up for unlimited membership and get your choice of a FREE M.Power mat or a FREE Yogitoes mat towel. While supplies last. Inquire at the desk with your instructor to sign up.

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Bring a Friend Fridays!

Share your favorite studio with the ones you love. Come practice Yoga or Barre with us on any Friday in September and bring a friend or family member for FREE!

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Barre Breakdown with Michelle B: Staggered First Position

It doesn’t take a Ballerina to gain long, lean, strong legs!

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While standing forearm distance away from the barre, place your left foot in front of your right with your left heel touching your toes. Up for a challenge in this pose? Test your balance by placing one hand or both on your hips or straight up into the air. Continue reading »

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Get to know Michelle Biro!

What led you to become a Barre instructor?

Growing up I was always into athletics (really just any way to move my body!) and breaking a daily sweat. Whether it was running 35+ miles a week for cross-country or sprinting over hurdles on a track, I wanted to get moving. This amount of mileage and stress at a young age unfortunately led to three bulging and rotated discs in my back by the age of 16. Luckily enough for me, this also led me to test out my first Pilates Class. Continue reading »

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Finding My Mindful Moments

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a competitor. I know, that’s not something you’d expect to hear from a yoga instructor, but stay with me. When I first started taking yoga, it was all about achieving the best pose, pushing myself, and “mastering” yoga. It’s taken me several years, but my yoga journey has taught me that I had it all wrong.

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Get to know Amber Fox

What led you to become a Yoga instructor?
I wanted to be a yoga instructor for years, but always seemed to find an excuse to put it off. I’m so happy that I finally just did it and became an instructor. Yoga has been a balm for my soul through so many different times in my life – it brings me back to my true self and allows me the space to be creative and open to new adventure.
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Finding My Meaningful Connections

 

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The M. Power foundation that resonates the most with me is Meaningful Connections. Connecting with people is something I aspire to do every day; in doing so aids me in learning more about others but ultimately learning more about myself. The connections you make with others can sometimes bring a whole new experience to your life. New connections can aid you in your personal journey, the journey to Self.
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Posture Clinic with Sally Kowalczyk: Gluteus medius exercise, aka, The Jane Fonda

 

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Right leg: Lay down on your left side. Bring your left hand under your left ear to rest the weight of your head, OR lay your left arm flat to the mat and your head may rest on your left arm. Bring both legs up into a chair position on the mat.  Make sure your shoulders stack over your hips, and your hips are in line with both knees. Bring your right hand to the mat in front of your chest to use as leverage once the exercise begins. Keep your knees in line, as you draw your right leg (top leg) straight (knee over knee). Rotate this foot so your toes point down towards the floor and your heel rotates up towards the ceiling. Keep this foot flexed.

Exercises in this pose: isometric holds, pulses, point the toe and draw circles in both directions.

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Get to know Sally Kowalczyk!

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What led you to become a Yoga instructor?
·         I always knew I’d eventually find my way into the health/fitness industry. From my childhood through my adolescent years, I  was dancing, cheering, swimming, or playing lacrosse. I was always sharing the best new workout fads with friends and family and from an early age I always knew I had a passion to teach. The past 5 years I have actively practiced yoga to increase my strength, stability and balance. After years of playing high impact sports, such as lacrosse, I find that both yoga and barre are still challenging but much kinder to my body.
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It Pays to Practice

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M•Power is now partnered with Perkville to reward you for doing what you love! You could now earn $1 for every class you take and $5 for every friend you refer to M•Power that takes class.  Here’s how classes and referrals will get you cash rewards to spend at M•Power:

Classes Reward Referrals Reward
10 $10 2 $10
18 $20 4 $20
40 $50 8 $50
70 $100 14 $100

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Posture Clinic with Ali Blais: Mermaid Pose

Mermaid Posture Clinic

Set sail for Mermaid Pose, on a journey that will open your hips as it lengthens your back into a gorgeous arch.

 

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  • Press your heels to the mat
  • Ground down through your knuckles
  • Point all 10 fingers toward the front of the mat
  • Turn the eyes of your elbows forward
  • Bring your ears in line with your biceps
  • Shine the upper part of your chest forward
  • Relax your Shoulders down your back

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Get to know Ali Blais!

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What led you to become a Yoga instructor?

After years of not truly knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and working in a job that was good but not what I loved day in and day out; I reflected on what really made me happy, and that is yoga. With a background in non-profit, helping people was very important to me and being a Yoga instructor melds together my passions of physical and mental wellness with the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Finding my inner Moxie

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When I look back over the past 5 years of my yoga journey, Moxie is the M.Power foundation that stands out the most to me.

I stepped onto my mat for the first time back in 2012, not knowing what to expect and a little nervous. I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon. All I knew was after my first class, I had never felt so relaxed in my life and I needed to continue learning more. Continue reading »

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Get to know Stacey Dorsey!

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What led you to become a Barre Instructor: I’ve always had a passion for group fitness classes, especially HIIT Burn and TABATA classes. When I got my cert in Barre I thought it would be great to incorporate my ACE personal training experience and group fitness classes with BARRE.   One day I just walked into M POWER studio and asked the Owner Jason Herd for a chance! He set me up for a demo with the manager Michelle and here I am! I love teaching Barre at M Power because they allow us to have creativity with each class we teach. Most studios make you follow a choreograph for months, but M Power allows each instructor to bring something different to the table with their classes.

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Posture Clinic: Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana)

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Get grounded. From downward facing dog, drop to your knees. Place your forearms on top of one another to measure the distance of your foundation. Your right fingertips should be touching your left elbow and vice versa. Place your forearms down on the mat. Press your palms down onto the mat. Curl your toes under and lift your hips to the ceiling. Feel your weight here. Press down with your forearms and engage your arm muscles. Continue reading »

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Get to know Becca Larson!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

First and foremost, a love of yoga. I immediately loved the way yoga made me feel. Empowered, beautiful, confident, connected. There is nothing else like it. After developing a consistent practice it didn’t take long for me to want to teach. I just wanted to dive deeper into the waters of yoga. I wanted to know more about it and share how yoga made me feel with other people. Continue reading »

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Making a difference – Just as you are.

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Why? I spend most of my day in pursuit of the answer to this question. Innate curiosity urges me to question and analyze everything. I want to know why people behave the way they do and then my brain wants to dissect it to find patterns. It might seem contradictory to the way of yoga. Yoga is a discipline that asks us to clear our minds and be present for our experience. Many times with the worthy goal of calming the fluctuations of the mind, I have tried to deny that persistent questioning and analysis. I have tried to plug up the channels in my mind that lead me to always ask, why. For me, this leads to failure, insecurity, and yet another why question: why can’t I just let things be?

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Get To Know Mytri Sundaresh!

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1. What led you to become a yoga instructor?
My journey has been two part – the first was finding yoga and second, in realizing my love for teaching.  Growing up I was exposed to yogic concepts by way of Indian culture, but I never truly connected with it.  It wasn’t until certain life events, which left me feeling mentally & emotionally drained, that I really embraced the yogic teachings.  Continue reading »
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Posture Clinic: Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

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Posture Clinic: Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
Revolved triangle is a great way to tone the core/hips, lengthen the spine, and improve digestion.  If you have any hip or back issues work slowly and mindfully, being sure not to over exert yourself.

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Motivating Through Creativity.

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“We are what our thoughts have made us: so take care about what you think.  Words are secondary.  Thoughts live and travel far” – Swami Vivekananda
The arts have always played an important role in my life.  As a child I was surrounded by family members who were accomplished musicians, dancers, painters, and writers.  Continue reading »
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Get To Know Krista Darrell!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

I picked up yoga in college as a means of exercise that was more accessible, for me, then going to the gym and using weight machines. My main goal when I started yoga was to build strength, I was too flexible and had come close to suffering serious injuries because my muscles weren’t holding my joints together tight enough. After years of doing yoga I wanted to deepen my practice which led me to enter Yoga Teacher Training. I actually did not think that I wanted to teach yoga when I first started the training. It wasn’t until we started teaching each other, and then taught our beginner yogi friends, that I became inspired to teach yoga. Continue reading »

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What Mindful Movement Means To Me

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For more than just safety reasons, I believe ‘mindful movement’ is one of the most integral things you can focus on to grow your practice. To me, mindful movement is what takes place in-between each posture as well as the adjustments we make once in a posture and it is facilitated by the breath. Continue reading »

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Get to know Kate Manchester!

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What led you to become a yoga instructor?

 

My yoga practice became consistent after a hip injury that required me to take around 8 months off of any activity.  Yoga is what I credit for healing my body, but what I didn’t anticipate was a flooding of other things in my life that weren’t healed, specifically processing the loss of my mom to breast cancer when I was 15.  My desire to share this practice with others was building and I, specifically, wanted to bring it to breast cancer survivors as healing is yearned for both physically and emotionally.
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Mindful Movement.

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I’d like to believe that each time my body meets my yoga mat that my practice beautifully unfolds into a rhythmic dance strung together through unrestricted and graceful movement. Bahahaha! While that would be lovely there is a brilliant reason it is called a “practice”, and that practice requires the intention of mindfulness, on REPEAT. Continue reading »

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Tools For Finding Peace- A Reflection On Teacher Training.

 

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Our 10 week 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training begins February 18th, 2017! This program will empower you to live your most inspired life and give you the tools to help others do the same. 

Katie Landgrebe, a graduate of our 2016 program, shared her personal experience with us and how it helped her find inner peace and calm.

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Give the Gift of Yoga

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Looking for the perfect gift idea?  Give your friends and family the gift of Yoga this holiday season!

Purchase a $130 GIFT CARD for just $100, or a $65 GIFT CARD for just $50.

Visit the front desk for more information or to purchase.  Happy Gifting!

 

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Practice with M.Power online at Burnalong.com!

DSC_8318Wherever life finds you, practice with the friends and M.Power instructors who motivate you. Burnalong is an online platform that enables you to exercise with your friends during recorded classes offered by M.Power instructors like Dani, Kristin, Jason or Jermain.

We are very excited to be a part of the Burnalong community and representing them in the Baltimore area for yoga.

Learn more and sign up at Burnalong.com!

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