New yoga class merges spirituality and music

February 3, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - When students enter Studio 8 Yoga and Wellness on Saturday mornings they typically expect to hear ambient tunes or chanting, but this Saturday, Jeannie Harrison has a new plan. She is launching Yoga Folks, a community of yogis who love great music, according to a news release.

This community class is a demonstration of one expected to be offered weekly at Studio 8, a class where students might hear anything from Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga, and which will routinely host live musicians. This is one of the many donation-only classes being taught at Studio 8 during the month of February to raise money for the yoga program at Recovery Point and HER Place.

The community class will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Donations are appreciated.

Folk Yoga is a step outside the norm for Harrison, who routinely teaches meditative and spiritual classes.

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“It started when my students at Golden Girl Group Home requested Kesha during our final meditation,” Harrison said in a news release.

“I had always taught them to turn inward and find an inner silence, but they instead chose, on that day, to sing along. There was a comfort in the room and a sense of community that I couldn’t deny.”

Harrison teaches trauma-informed yoga for nonprofits around the city through the Karma Yoga Institute, a collective of people dedicated to serving Huntington. Through the Folk Yoga classes, Harrison said in the release she hopes to build this collective and help her students let loose and connect Huntington’s music fans to yoga.

“Teaching yoga with many students who have experienced trauma in their lives made me default to the serious and silent practice,” Harrison said in the release. “I hope to show my students that just as much connection to your higher self can be found by having fun, being loud, and laughing.”

Folk yoga classes will be every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Studio 8, 803 8th Ave., Huntington.

For more information on her classes and the Karma Yoga Institute, visit JeannieHarrison.com.