Nirodhaḥ Yoga Blog
1) What brought you to yoga?
I came to yoga to follow in the footsteps of my older sisters; youngest sibling behavior at its finest! It took a negative turn as my eating disorder took charge, so I went away from yoga for a few years. I came back about 5 years ago and haven’t looked back! It’s a practice that helps me feel strong and centered, empowered and open—all the both/and energy.
2) What is your approach to teaching?
My approach to teaching is trauma-informed, practitioner-centered, and intention-themed. I like to give lots of options and customization and am fiercely committed to hitting home that I’m simply a guide; each person is their own best teacher, and the wisdom of their body is all they need to follow. I also like to make jokes and be fun and silly throughout class too!
3) Why did you choose to teach at 5KY?
I chose to teach at 5KY because I love the intimate nature of the studio and community. It’s small and tight-knit and supportive, and I love that each student and teacher is known and loved in their own right. I also really like that it was founded with the intention of bringing yoga to often-overlooked populations in yoga practices. Lastly, Erin and Rita have been so supportive of queer-inclusive programming, which is super important to me, and that feels so wonderful.
4) What makes your soul sing?
My soul sings with dance parties, queer joy, cats, theatre, symbolism in poetry and books, empowered yoga practices, and the feeling of sunshine on your face when sitting by a lake. I love finding the small moments of joy!
You can find Colleen at 5KY on Thursdays at 5:45 pm.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’ve been preparing to switch from the scheduling software we’ve been using since opening to a new one, called Ribbon. Switching to Ribbon is going to allow us to make things even more user friendly for our students, as well as create new, exciting features.
Starting with this one! We now have a brand new On-Demand Yoga Class page. Use your existing unlimited pass to watch as many on-demand classes as you want on "Yogaflix" or rent them separately.
(Do you have a pass or credits on your account? You should have already received an email about signing into your new account on Ribbon. Please let us know if you did not receive one.)
We’ve been working on these changes for over a month to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. Even so, a big change like this may temporarily create some turbulence.
Honestly, at the beginning of the process, I felt quite overwhelmed. There were so many things to do: set up classes and passes, upload our on-demand videos, update the plugins on our website, and transfer our students’ accounts.
It was good to be reminded of this month’s theme, which is flow. As easy as the living can be in the summer, sometimes we pack our days with so many plans and goals and activities. It’s helpful to remember to flow peacefully throughout, like the ripples on our beautiful lake.
Just some thoughts about yoga as I go...
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Five Keys is fantastic! The studio is lovely and soothing, and the teachers are very caring and attentive.
I've ... probably been to 25 different yoga studios. This is one of the most welcoming, calming spaces with very talented instructors.
I love this yoga studio. It's a great balance of a good workout and relaxation and feels like a real community.
An ideal studio for someone new to yoga.