Over the last few years, my fifty-plus year-old body has been protesting a few of the athletic pursuits that I’ve undertaken for much of my life. Most often it whispers to me to slow down, don’t go as far, or lift so much. While those whispers are easily ignored, the handwriting on the wall is just as clearly seen. That obvious message is a simple one: Do. Something. Differently.
The oft-quoted cliché, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” played over and over in my mind, as I pondered something different. Enter High Point Climbing and Fitness located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
While taking up a new adventure sport like climbing might not have been what my body had in mind, partnering with High Point has opened up a brave new world for me, one outside both my comfort zone and ability. Included in the amenities at this state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility is an entire fitness center, with both Spinning and Yoga classes scheduled at various times throughout the week. This blog revolves around Christine Yeagley—one of the Yoga instructors at High Point. My Yogi.
I first met Christine in July of this year, and immediately knew that she, too, was to be a part of the something different my body had in mind…the most important part, actually. Christine began her serious yoga practice ten years ago, in 2004. The journey that growing her practice has led her on revolves around helping others learn about themselves, while also learning about herself. She is happily married to a U.S. military serviceman, and they are the proud parents of a handsome 3 year-old son.
When I sat down with Christine to discuss this blog, she shared something I found most intriguing, as well as the probable underlying reason our paths crossed, and I quote, “Yoga brought me to nursing, or I would never have considered it as a career.” Underlying reason? Yep. Let me explain, by sharing the main elements of Christine’s Yoga instruction.
• Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Modification within one’s own practice
• Trauma sensitivity/mindfulness
• Authenticity in honoring one’s unique physical abilities
Christine’s emphasis on the healing aspects of Yoga are exactly what my oft-injured body needed, and will most likely need for the rest of my life. Beyond that, her purpose for teaching Yoga is to make her students more flexible human beings, in body and mind.
One of her main focuses in teaching Yoga is to provide a cross-training element that benefits a variety of sports and leisure activities such as running, weightlifting, and other competitive sports—individual and team—but especially climbing, as she explains:
“Climbing and Yoga are complementary, in that they are both moving meditation.”
The benefits of developing my Yoga practice under Christine’s caring, watchful eye have meant enough to me to schedule private instruction time with her, in addition to the free weekly group classes that High Point provides. She thinks that both choices—group and private—are good for beginners, as well as those returning to Yoga, or even wanting to take their practice to the next level. Christine expressed that group classes help provide a basis for developing one’s own practice, while private instruction takes the Yoga student to a higher level through individualized, personal teaching.
As I mentioned, Group Yoga Classes are free with your membership, as well as a day pass if classes are scheduled during your visit. Individual Classes with Christine are $75 per hour, or $65 per hour when 3 or more are purchased in advance. Private Group Classes are also available for up to 20 participants, at $100 per hour.
For more information, or to see the Yoga Studio, stop by High Point Climbing and Fitness, at 219 Broad Street, directly across the street from Big River Grille, or call them with any questions are 423-602-7625.