Wisdom Warriors is a fabulous new yoga class designed especially for dedicated practitioners over 50 who know what it means to remain youthful through the practice of yoga and other healthy lifestyle activities. Now don't get fooled when you hear 'over 50', as this class is for experienced practitioners who are adept at yoga.
Wisdom Warriors is the perfect elixir of youth for anyone who wants to preserve their high level of health, flexibility and strength throughout their lifetime. It is intended to help people keep their practice strong and vital.
We slow it down to keep it strong while continuing to put forth the effort to understand the changes in our bodies as we go. Rather than saying "I am too old for this", we ask "what needs to be adjusted, to get stronger, longer or softer so this pose feels right for me"?
A full range of poses are always available including standing poses, backbends, hip openers, forward bends, inversions and arm balances. It is not suitable for beginners. Class is physically and spiritually inspiring, has a strong therapeutic focus, and aims to foster community among our 50+ yogis.
If you have been practicing yoga for a while and long to connect with others who will help you stay healthy and fit, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to strengthen your body, mind and friendships. We believe that old dogs can learn new tricks, however with the wisdom that age inspires, our approach softens.
Beth Steinberg recognized the beauty of yoga at Rising Sun in May of 2010, when the studio was housed in a tiny storefront in Snyder, NY. She knew as she walked out of her very first class that her life had just changed dramatically. While she had earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 45, and run/walked a half-marathon in celebration of her 50th birthday, Beth was at a point where she wanted something more than what she’d previously pursued, and was very intrigued by yoga’s approach to bettering one’s health and well-being.
Beth quickly discovered that yoga classes offered not only the physical exercise she wanted and needed, but also provided a much deeper, more holistic experience she was seeking. The arc of a class, from the opening centering meditation to the restful Savasana at the end, provided the physical work of stretching and strengthening, but enveloped it with a sense of peace, balance, meaning, and love. Yoga quickly became her passion and source of support, providing an avenue for reducing stress, helping her find perspective and balance, and acknowledging her most authentic self.
As her practice has grown and deepened, she has learned much about her body and its capabilities. She makes liberal use of props and modifications, and has learned not to regret her limitations. As a yoga instructor, Beth is dedicated to offering that same assistance and encouragement to all of her students — especially those who don’t feel flexible, thin, young, athletic, or beautiful enough to practice yoga. She knows that everybody and every body is capable of enjoying the vast array of benefits to mind, body, and soul that yoga offers. Beth considers her yoga practice a blessing, and is grateful to have earned her 200-Hour Teacher Certification at Rising Sun Yoga Studio.
Beth lives in Williamsville with her husband, her two Shelties, and whichever of her three children, all in their 20’s, happen to show up for a free meal, a hockey game on tv, or to do their laundry. She is an elementary schoolteacher at a private school in Amherst, NY, and delights in sharing yoga techniques for de-stressing with her young students.