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Embodied Yoga Studio Is A Space For Transformation And Creation

By S. Mathur

It began as the first yoga studio in Montpelier, VT in 2003. Owner Lindsay Armstrong taught there for 14 years, and then finally purchased the studio in July 2017.

"I changed the name to Embodied in order to more fully embrace the transition and to better describe this sweet and beloved studio as a space to come home to oneself and embody the magical transformation and creation that yoga and somatic arts facilitate," she said. "With that said, the studio holds the same heart that it has since it opened."

There is wide range of offerings with more than 30 drop-in classes, workshops and series.

"Embodied is an ideal place to explore and deepen one's yoga, Pilates and movement arts practice," Armstrong said. "Our offerings range from gentle and beginners to vigorous and advanced, with all the layers in between, and with permission and encouragement to move at one's own pace and to explore the variations and modifications that best support each individual as they support themselves. Housing two studios, along with a small boutique and access to fantastic bodyworkers, healers and holistic health practitioners, all in one convenient downtown location, Embodied is an incredible space for transformation and creation through body-mind integration."

Studio members can choose from Yin and Restorative yoga classes and workshops, Beginner's Yoga and Meditation Series and gentle yoga and Somatic Movement classes. There are moderate flow classes as well as more physically challenging Arm Balancing and Inversion Series and workshops. Vinyasa Flow, Buti, pre and post-natal yoga and Pilates round the diverse offerings. The studio also offers private classes and space rentals. The boutique carries ethically sourced and US made clothing and props like mats, straps and blocks.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the studio has some of the most experienced teachers in the state. Armstrong herself has studied diverse yoga traditions in the US, India, Nepal and Thailand.

"Embodied hosts a fabulous collection of teachers-each with a rich background and a willingness and enthusiasm to explore and expand their own potential, while holding space for others to do the same," she said. "With combined lifetimes of knowledge, insight and training in several different healing fields-ranging from bodyworkers to herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioners to psychotherapists and life coaches, all of our teachers share their diverse tools with their students, applying the gifts they have cultivated to facilitate the art of allowing."

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