Yoga group gives residents a morning buzz

Yoga group gives residents a morning buzz

Yoga group gives residents a morning buzz
February 19
00:24 2015

Edward Balusek / Visuals Editor

Nearly 40 yoga mats line the floor wall to wall in Audacity Brew House’s taproom Sunday morning for Karma Yoga Denton.

The donation-based yoga class began in December as a requirement to obtain a 200-hour teacher training certificate from Inspire Yoga in Highland Village, and turned into an effort to supply Denton with a hassle-free, welcoming yoga experience.

Four women: Tiffany Johnson, Courtney Swearingen, Erika Record and Lauren Harvey teamed up with the brewery and began hosting classes on Sunday mornings.

“It all comes down to doing yoga, growing the community and giving back,” Johnson said. “We want to make it attainable for everyone. No memberships. Just show up and do yoga.”

19_morningbuzz_web2Karma Yoga Denton Co-founder Tiffany Johnson presses on the lower back of a yoga student on Sunday morning at Audacity Brew House. Johnson and three other women started the group.

Over the course of two and a half months, the group added a class on Saturday and an additional one on Sunday to accommodate popularity and growing interest in the program.

“It’s great how fast the community will come together for something and stick with it,” Karma Denton regular and development and family studies senior Jessica Rein said.

The Denton community plays a major role, Johnson said, in Karma Denton’s model, since the relationship between them and the businesses who host the classes is intended to benefit both parties.

The brewery seemed fitting for the women to begin their venture since both strive for a similar goal of providing a service to bring the community together, Johnson said.

“In both ways we can be here in Denton and hopefully add something that Denton didn’t have before,” Audacity brew master Doug Smith said.

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Co-founder Courtney Swearingen assists a student with the child’s pose.

The group will move to Mulberry Street Cantina in March and offer pop-up classes during 35 Denton with a suggested donation of $5 for each class. Donations will go to the North Texas Derby Revolution.

Proceeds from classes at Audacity currently go to Denton Community Food Center but will move to the Denton Animal Food Shelter when sessions begin at the Cantina.

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/KarmaYogaDenton

Featured Image: Yoga students cram the tap room inside Audacity Brew House on Sunday morning. Karma Yoga Denton hosts classes at the brewery on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Edward Balusek – Visuals Editor

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