COORDINATION . CURIOSITY..
The Yoga In The Six Philosophy
Music makes us do more than feel, and makes us MOVE differently. It carries you into your own individual rhythm, enables you to MOVE deeper, more creatively, and more organically! It cultivates a stronger performance, and connects us in a way that is beyond cues and logic.
The music helps motivate us and carry us through hard situations, and has the same effect during your physical practise. You feel it support you to rise to the challenge stronger!
We do a lot of core work, challenging but great for all levels. Expect dynamic & creative dance inspired sequences, to keep you having fun while you're getting fit, mind & body. Improve coordination and confidence by activating the intuitive awareness of you body, through rhythm.
About Yoga In The Six - Music inspired yoga
Yoga In This Six is a type of yoga innovated by how beats help get deeper, and even inspire the movement. It took years for the founder, Cherry Johnston (AKA Yoga In The Six) to create this practice that works with hip-hop beats, and to adapt traditional yoga movement to flow as art in motion! This practice has also been made so that everyone, even someone who has never done yoga, or dance before, can take this class and have fun! It is easy to follow, helps you build strength, flexibility, and works on cardio endurance. It helps with anxiety, depression, and helps to build confidence in your body, and with social expression.
There are many reasons why Cherry created this form of yoga. She wanted people who did't connect with the current yoga culture (yogic texts, sutras, beliefs, history, zen music) or were overwhelmed by the multitude of types of yoga, to have an option that wasn't all of those things. She also wanted something without levels, so that there was just one inclusive practice, attainable for every healthy body.
In general, she noticed a lot of judgement and rigidity especially in the yoga community, which she found odd since it was the one place she felt should feel welcoming. There ahould be no judgement about your practise, about your knowledge of the yoga texts, or if you are not vegan. It really opened her eyes. She felt like there was a very square box you had to fit in if you were into yoga.
Her own practice of yoga taught her so much about acceptance, non-judgement, balance and awareness when it comes to food and consumption. She felt that many people who came to the majority of studios, even if the 4+ styles of yoga didn't scare them off on the websites - they would be scared off by the conformity of it all.
She wanted to create something that allowed for more freedom of expression in music, beliefs, and lifestyle! We can practise yoga (union of the body and mind) in more than one way, and if we choose to learn about the traditional roots of yoga, that should be an option, not a prerequisite.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Cherry grew with music as a big part of her life, her parents used to throw festivals at their property attached to her mother's restaurant. She grew up with a lot of folk and rock, but being born in the late 80's she personally had an affinity for Rap, Hip-hop, and R&B. It was a reflection of the times she was in, and helped escape the rest of the world. With music, everything became quiet and all you could feel was the beats. She never stops falling in love with music, of all genres, and really enjoys throwing it back!
Cherry is passionate about making her classes a space for adaptation, freestyle movements, and freedom of expression. She creates a space where you can tap into your own body's rhythm, working into your flexibility and strength in your own way, with the help of music.
She has been teaching yoga since 2010, and founded YIS (Yoga In This Six in 2018! She has also been certified in pilates mat training at EQUINOX Toronto, and uses principles of this in her original sequencing.
Cherry worked with GUCCI, teaching yoga, and wholistic wellness to their Toronto Executives, and retail teams.
Other highlights include teaching alongside Elena Brower, and Colleen and Rodney Yee in the Lolë White tour. She has also lead yoga retreats, teaching both pilates and yoga for groups of 70 plus. She is a certified Yoga, Pilates, and Thai Massage Therapist.
She is trained in philosophy, anatomy, and techniques of yoga from teachers such as Shakti Mhi, Patrick Beach, Sean Corn, Colleen and Rodney Yee, and Sadi Nardidi.