- Last Updated on 08:40 AM 07/25/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
Have you wondered what it would be like to take a yoga class? Do you drive long distances to attend yoga classes? Ever heard of Halifax Yoga?
A local resident, Rebecca Ramey, completed her 230-hour intensive teacher training in Asheville, N.C. this spring. She is now a fully certified RYT 200 Hour yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, has started her own yoga business called Halifax Yoga, and she is currently offering classes in the Town of Halifax.
Ramey teaches classes in the lower level of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax.
“I really wanted to teach my classes in the Town of Halifax because it is a great central location for the entire county. St. John’s is a great space, and they have been wonderfully supportive of me,” Ramey said.
Classes are held Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. Classes are open to all levels of students.
“Having the classes open to all levels allows students the flexibility to take classes at the time that best fits their schedule. My students have told me that I have a great ability at offering modifications to poses when needed for those less experienced or with injuries,” she added.
It all started for Ramey when a teacher failed to show to a yoga class she took this past winter. Since she and her friends had driven all the way to Danville to take the class, she took the plunge and offered to lead the class.
“I couldn’t get the experience out of my head. I have taken yoga for almost 10 years, and always thought that it would be great to actually teach the classes, but I never thought I would have the confidence to do so. That experience made me realize that I could do it,” she said.
After more than 200 hours of intensive yoga teacher training, followed by providing free classes to the community, Ramey completed the nationally recognized certification program.
So far, she has had a lot of positive feedback from her students.
Peg Anderson of Halifax said, “Rebecca provides a nice blend of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga during each class. As a yoga student who has had a shoulder replacement, I value her help in adjusting my poses and offering alternative positions. I always leave class feeling wonderful both physically and mentally.”
Brandon Hudson of Virgilina said, “I’m less flexible than I was a few years ago, and Rebecca’s classes are helping me to be much more elastic and limber. World-class athletes have incorporated yoga into their training regimens because it improves overall performance. Over time I find that I am able to do more. The benefits are cumulative.”
When asked what sets her apart, Ramey said, “Yoga is more than just an exercise class. Yoga is about going deeper. In my class we explore the branches of yoga to tap into our true selves. We use poses and breathing techniques to quiet the mind to allow us to turn within. I like my students to leave class feeling challenged, but relaxed and refreshed at the same time. The scalp and neck massage at the end of the class is an added bonus.”
Ramey said there is no reason not to try her classes.
“Your first class is free. I wanted to give everyone a chance to try yoga without any limitations,” she said.
After that, the fee is $10 per class. Packages are also available for a discounted rate.
Ramey has been a resident of Halifax County for almost seven years. She and her husband moved here to be close to friends. They have 3-year-old twin boys and operate a small garlic farm. Ramey loves cooking, gardening, beekeeping, genealogy and yoga.
Yoga Alliance is the national education and support organization for Yoga in the United States.
They work in the public interest to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the benefits of Yoga, that the teachers of Yoga value its history and traditions and that the public can be confident of the quality and consistency of instruction.