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Doug's schedule Doug Hayward has was introduced to Yoga thru the Bhagavad Gita while taking an Eastern Religions course at Millersville University as an undergraduate in the early 70's. However, that exposure simply turned out to be a seed that didn't blossom until the mid 90's when he went to a Bikram class in West Reading Pennsylvania. Under the tutelage of Sarita Rocco, Doe Wails, Maryann Blefko, Joel Pier, JoAnn Morrell, Bikram, Jimmy Barkam, Eric Schiffman, Rama Berch and Bri Maya Tiwari he was introduced to the wonderful world of Asana and self discoverable meditation. His journey continued over a couple of years of practice till he became one of the first members of Yoga Alliance when their headquarters was in West Reading, PA. He went on from there on a trip to State College, PA to teach Yoga at a local Massage School and the Pennsylvania State University. Those opportunities continue to flourish to this day while at the same time he opened a small studio called Yoga in State College. Being an avid reader of antiquated Yoga Books, Doug helped to establish Yoga in State College as a portal of Yoga education for thousands of students thru the help of over 20 other teachers either living in the area or acquiring the knowledge of Yoga at the studio itself. He continues a tradition of Free Yoga Classes at Berks County's Heritage Center ~ every Sunday at 11:00 am from May to September.
Gretchen's schedule Gretchen is a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher at the 200 Level. She completed her training with Doug Hayward at Yoga in State College, where she continues to study, expand, and deepen her practice. Gretchen is currently earning her 500 level certification at the Asheville Yoga Center ; Asheville North Carolina. Gretchen’s classes are a creative collaboration of various traditions and philosophies. Presented in an open-minded atmosphere which encourages the student to express his or her own unique energy and interpretation. All levels are welcome. Gretchen has specialized training in Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Meditation, and Yin Yoga (a.k.a. Lunar Yoga ~ Everyone is aware of the gravitational pull of the moon on the ocean. This class explores the impact of that gravitation on ourselves. Self- study through asana and pranayamas lead to a greater awareness of how and why we do what we do. This tradition explores our moon fusion, bringing about harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Gretchen is also an Usui / Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, as well as a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master, registered through the International Center for Reiki Training, offering Reiki classes in all levels of both lineages.
Kristen's Class Schedule Advanced Power Flow Yoga - Monday 6pmTake your practice to the next level in this vigorous heated flow class with an emphasis on arm balances, inversions, and deep back bends. Prior experience with sun salutations and foundation postures in all families is recommended. Slow Mo Flow - Wednesday 5:30pmThis is a great class for those who are new to flow or experienced but love to move slowly and with the breath. Slow movement requires and builds strength in the body, so it is still no easy breezy class, but it will challenge you in all the right places while building core strength and body coordination. The rhythmic pace if the class combined with the focus on breath with enhance your practice and bring it to the next level of control, stability, and efficiency. Even with an arm balance or inversion thrown in, this class builds progressively and covers new challenging poses in detail.Power Flow - Friday 6pmA Fun Friday practice to dive into the weekend! As a mixed level class, this one is for everybody. Multiple options are offered to satisfy everyone's choice and level of practice. A great way to learn how to build your practice and challenge yourself, while also freely choosing to take it down when you want to. There are a few chances for optional arm balances and inversions, but these more challenging poses will be broken down in detail to support understanding and personal growth. Familiarity with sun salutations in recommended.

Kristen has been teaching yoga for over 8 years and holds an advanced 500hr yoga teacher certification after training with world-renowned master yoga teacher, Shiva Rea. Kristen has taught over 2000 hrs of yoga classes, certifying her as an "experienced" yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. Kristen is currently an assistant instructor for Yoga In State College's Yoga Teacher Training program. Kristen's yoga classes are physically challenging and intelligently sequenced to support the natural opening of the body into intermediate and advanced yoga asanas. Kristen's classes take place in a heated room to detoxify and balance the body, while building strength and flexibility....and having fun! Familiarity with sun salutations is recommended prior to attending this class.

Karen's Class Schedule Karen Joy received her RYT200 from Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health under the experienced teachers Jen Yost and Anne Mascelli. Most recently, Karen Joy has earned her RYT500 certification through the Himalayan Institute studying under Rolf Sovik, Sandra Anderson, Shari Friedrichsen & Sarah Guglielmi. Karen Joy offers a Gentle Yoga class that is suited for everyone. This class is designed to explore gentle and deliberate movement, pranayama, guided relaxation, and supported poses-all to increase flexibility, balance, centeredness and well-being. New to the schedule is a Gentle Yoga/Restorative Yoga combo! Every Wednesday evening we will explore stretching, deep breath work, gentle movements and restorative poses all to help us unwind and relieve tension and stress. Karen Joy also offers a nourishing 90 minute Restorative Yoga class one Sunday a month-another soothing opportunity to feel balanced and at peace.
Karen's Class Schedule Karen Caswell studied at Kripaulu and brings a steady balance to her classes; having a tremendous knowlegde of Yoga in it's many forms. Karens's classes are full of innovation and the potential for transformation to those who participate.
Angel's Class Schedule Angel L Soto has been studying martial arts for 8 years and has taught for over a year. Originally from Bronx, New York, his martial and spiritual education has lead his path to study under many honored teachers and disciplines. Beginning his education in karate and self-defense under Master Julio Estevez Sensei, and continuing his studies to Reiki level 2 under Master Rachel Eyre. In 2009, Angel joined a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Taiji, Sacred Wudang Mountain.
Kami's Class Schedule Kami ~ My perspective on life is deeply influenced by mindfulness and compassion practices which is what I bring to my yoga classes. As a PhD student of Human Development at PennState, I am amazed how skillful combination of awareness and kindness helps people peacefully flow through daily challenges. Graduating from South Boston Yoga Teacher Training, I focus on creating safe and community-like space where one can face everything and avoid nothing. Through physically challenging and soothing poses, I teach how to treat well our bodies and minds. What truly inspires me is to see my students flourish and take the courage to be true to themselves.
Teresa's Class Schedule Teresa Martin ~ Anandin Nirmiti ~ I began practicing yoga casually as a college student in the 80s while I regularly participated in a variety of athletic endeavors including Triathlon, Long Distance Bicycle Touring, Running, Swimming and Backpacking. I now find my passion for a healthy life style in yoga which led me to pursue my RYT200 certification studying under Doug Hayward and Kristin Boccumini at Hayward's Yoga in State College The meshing of mind, body awareness has given me the opportunity to share the comfort and joy of yoga with others. I like to incorporate meditation, physical exersion through lingering asanas and moderate vinyasa flow. As I guide yogis through their practice I nurture my students in becoming consumed inside their own body while they are on the mat and take with them mindful peace and positivity off the mat and into their daily lives.
Anne's Class Schedule Anne Williams ~ I am a graduate of Penn State and local resident of State College. After attending a class at YISC three years ago I was intrigued by the practice and only one year into my experience I knew I wanted to become an instructor. Currently I teach a variety of hatha and vinyasa style classes. I enjoy teaching a flow class based on movement and more creative sequencing, opening up into backbends and introducing some basic inversions& arm balances. This can be an invigorating pace, but with the intention of slow and controlled transitions. I also can take on a more traditional hatha style, challenging you to hold poses longer and let the deep restorative work happen. I stress building strength first to move into the asanas that feel oh so good! My classes are great for straight up beginners, dabblers of yoga and those that are looking to take their practice to the next level. I invite students to discover how the mind and body work together in unison in their own practice; And to remember to- Breathe. Feel. Connect.
Allison's Class Schedule Allison Machnicki ~ Allison received her RYT200 from Yoga in State College. She began practicing yoga to help prevent injury and to find a counter balance to training for road marathons and ultramarathons. She attributes her successes on the track and faster marathon times partly to strength built during yoga and to learning to meditate so that she can tap into an inner peace while running. Allison’s classes are inspired by ashtanga and power yoga styles and are primarily vinyasa flow-based. She likes to incorporate the breath with the movements to build strength in both the body and the mind.
Alana's Class Schedule Alana Liggett ~ Vinyassa Flow with Alana: Discover the secrets to an effortless flow practice. In this 90 minute vinyassa flow class you will be guided along a beautiful part of your yoga journey, where we learn together, how the breath allows us to access the depths of our being, bringing the mind and body into a state of union, where the lines of separateness become blurred and a sense of clarity can be cultivated."Prana" also known as "life force energy", "chi", or "reiki", which resides in every living being, can be drawn in through the control of breath, bringing "life" to the fundamental movements in your flow practice. Both the mind and the body will be challenged, as we work on alignment in every posture; building strength, and using breath focus to increase the endurance needed to sustain even the most challenging postures. Free your mind. Unleash the natural movement of the body. Leave the doing behind. Just be.
Christine's Class Schedule Christine Suhr completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification through YogaFit. She is a Penn State student and encourages everyone to practice yoga. Yoga has given Christine more self-confidence and personal awareness, and she hopes others discover and strengthen those same qualities in her classes. During Vinyasa Yoga, she encourages her students to focus on their breathing in order to practice connecting the mind and body. In her classes, you will learn how to move the body by following your breath. Generally, this means that we will be making one movement per breath as we flow through and within poses. Sometimes these movements are big, while others small. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come and deepen their yoga practices
Savitri's Class Schedule Savitri is a 200-Hr Certified Yoga teacher. Inspired by teachers and wisdom traditions from around the world, Savitri’s classes are a spiritual fusion of Yoga, Buddhist practices and Taoist healing arts that support students at all levels as they begin or deepen their practice. Classes integrate yoga-asana (postures), Chi Kung (conscious application of life-force energy), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and chanting to cultivate awareness, compassion, and the ability to transform thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve us into “Spirit”—life-affirming alternatives that flow with our ever-changing realities as we explore, expand with and become true Artists of limitless potential.
Sarath's schedule Eye Opener ~ hatha Yoga. This class combines intuitive asana sequence with seamless breath work to keep you present and grounded. Utilizing sun salutations, strength building and connected postures this class enables you to feel centered and help go inward. All levels are welcome. Modifications will be taught and encouraged to feel the class as strong or as gentle as you need.
Maria Class Schedule Maria has practiced yoga for 16 years before she obtained her 200 RYT certification in “Yoga in State College” with Doug Hayward and Kristen Boccumini. She also teaches Human Biology and Molecular Biology of the Cell in Penn State. Maria loves teaching students of all levels. She teaches power flow yoga, which is both an amazing workout for all the body, and calming and relaxing for your mind. Even though it is an advanced workout, it can be adjusted for any level. Alternating challenging postures with counter poses will allow you to gain strength without getting exhausted. Start your weekend right; come practice with Maria on Saturday at 9 am.

Yoga is a science of living, and those who practice it are known as Yogis or Yoginis. Yoga has nothing to do with any particular caste, religion, or nation, and is therefore universally applicable and useful. Yoga sets up no particular God, or gods; neither does it deny the existence of God. It is a system of physical and thought culture. One may be a Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or atheist and still be a student of Yoga, since it neither criticizes any religion, nor does it support one particular religion. Some Yogis may not recognize supernatural powers or the duty of man to owe allegiance to them. Still they may reach self-realization through self-knowledge by the practice of Yoga, besides the attainment of miraculous powers, such as perfect control of the mind and body, including even the involuntary organs of the body. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, Yoga is "a system of philosophic meditation and asceticism designed to effect the reunion of the soul with the universal spirit." This is true of certain forms of Yoga which are inextricably mixed in Hindu metaphysics, and, in a sense, it is true of Hatha Yoga. However, the average student need not concern themself overmuch with this definition. It should be sufficient for them to know that Yoga is a system of mental and physical training with prescribed postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. Although yogic exercises may be compared to physical culture exercises, they differ from them in many ways. They are not intended for the development of large muscles, as in physical culture. Nor are they aimed at merely disciplining the body. Yoga disciplines the mind as well as the body. The exercises of Yoga stand unparalleled among all the systems of physical exercises, because of the benefits they have to offer, a fact which the West has but too tardily grasped. Now that the knowledge of the East is being systematized and presented along Western lines, the West has become more receptive than before, and has even attempted to adapt it to her own needs in physical culture, and in medicine, dieting and nutrition. It is my belief that this century~ will bring about a closer understanding between the East and the West. Yoga teaches in easy, simple steps the control of the mind, its thought, and the whole body itself, though self-study and self-knowledge. There is nothing mysterious about it, as in black or white magic, nor, as is popularly imagined, does its scope and significance lie in the swallowing of crushed glass or cyanide, lying on beds of nails, or walking on hot coals. Hatha Yoga is only a form of "personal hygiene" which maintains perfect health in a human being through physical, mental, moral and spiritual training. The Yoga system which has been practiced in India since at least the time of the Epics, that is, 1000 B.C. (the excavations in the Indus Valley show the science was known in 3000 B.C.), supersedes modern knowledge of hygiene in many ways. It affords to us longevity, resistance to disease, the growth of a beautiful body, and mental and spiritual sublimation. Yogi Gupta 1958

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