Lunchtime Flow

This class is taught by:

Bonnie Berry

You’re not from around here…..
I get that a lot, and it’s true! I am a Southern California native transplant. My husband grew up in Hickory, NC and when our daughters were ready to start school, there was no question we were moving and growing our own roots to raise them in Hickory, NC.
How did yoga come into my life?
As a child, teenager, and young adult, dance, cheerleading and athletic sports were always my focus. When I was pregnant with my first child, I bought a Prenatal Yoga DVD and loved it.  I was very intimidated to practice yoga in a studio setting.  I started attending yoga classes at my gym.  They were good and I loved the feeling I had after the classes, but I felt like I needed more. Once I had the courage to try a class at a local studio, I was hooked. The energy of the people in the room and the elevated level of instruction captivated my soul and I’ve never looked back.
How do I practice Yoga on the mat?
Yoga came into my life in my late 30’s. My connection to yoga has always been more than the physical practice of asana (postures). I left every practice with a sense of calm and clarity. Don’t get me wrong, I love the physical nature of yoga, but that’s not the only reason I roll out my mat. The beautiful thing about yoga is that there is always somewhere to go, taking your practice to the next level and learning. When I step on my mat as a teacher it is always with a servant mindset to the students who paid to attend my class. My focus is on their needs, how they feel that day and what they’re in the mood for.
How do I practice Yoga off the mat?
My new way of being is to live the eight-limb path of yoga. It is a journey of change and evolution. The beauty of combining the postures, mindful breathing and meditation within my personal yoga practice is a gift. My daughters are my mirror and remind me every day what thoughts, ideas and behaviors I need to change in order to grow into a better human being. "Be the change that you want to see in the world."  Ghandi
Why a Yoga teacher?
I believe yoga is a gift to share with others. I am deeply honored to stand in front of a class as a teacher, but always with a student mindset. I learn from each and every person that walks through the door. Watching students learn, challenge themselves and achieve growth is pure joy.
What is my teaching style?
I bring a laid back, flexible style to my classes. Based upon the student level, mood and other unknown factors, I adapt to their needs. I want everyone to feel respected, appreciated, unique, and above all, have fun. I reinforce the connection of breath and movement, allowing students to feel comfortable practicing at their own pace so it is serving them. That focus also affords the opportunity to move inward and gain a deeper understanding of the mind, body and spirit connection. At the end of the day it’s not about my style, it’s about yours.

Andrea Surratt

How did yoga come into my life?

I found yoga as an answer to this '30 something working mom of two' stage of life that I was in about 14 years ago. But the simplicity of a mat, a small space in my bedroom and a few DVDs kept me motivated to return to my mat many evenings. Then came classes at a local gym and cable TV shows that worked with my daily schedule. My decision to teach was prompted five years ago by my best friend who encouraged me to explore teacher training. We were actually walking through church having that discussion! I believe God's nudge led me to Holy Yoga, an international nonprofit Christian ministry that trains yoga teachers. I trained in 2010 with Brooke Boon, founder of Holy Yoga based in Phoenix, Arizona, for my 225 level teacher training and now for the 500 level Masters certification.

How do I practice on the mat?
...with gratitude. I bring it to the mat each time I practice. I am truly thankful for yoga in my life, and especially for my teachers. I need the flowing movement, intense expression, breath and stillness that yoga brings. Sometimes my worries follow me to my mat; and over the course of a practice, they are brought into perspective. I believe this is the Holy Spirit working in my life.

How do I practice off the mat?
Right now, I am working on seeing details of my life and strengthening them one at a time. That feels like yoga to me. I look for the fruits of the Spirit in others as well in, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And when I fall down, in life and in yoga, I am learning to consider the experience as part of the practice.The same is true when I'm serving others through my work in the public sector. Yoga helps me balance against the unpredictable nature of life.

Why a Yoga Teacher?
When you are given a gift that changes your life, you want to share it, right? You want to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! The gift is the personal practice available to each of us. Teaching just lets me celebrate in community with participants, again and again, the gifts of breath, movement, strength, and peace. Every practice is new and different.

What is my Teaching Style?
Creatively challenging and accessible. I enjoy lengthening poses and exploring balance, but we cover lots of ground in this flow style class. You will learn what poses feel like, as if you practiced with your eyes closed. And for every Holy Yoga class, I develop an original scripture meditation from the Bible. That is where I draw my strength. That is what I want share. Your heart never leaves feeling empty. Namaste.

Lunchtime Flow & Go is an opportunity to give yourself a mid-day break. This 60-minute class will get the heart rate pumping quickly, allowing you to release stress and recharge the mind, body and spirit.  
Need to hurry back to work?  Healthy lunches are available to pre-order from our neighbors at Fourk restaurant and waiting for you to pick up after class.  Click here for the menu.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jul 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Jul 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Mon Jul 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Wed Aug 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Aug 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Andrea Surratt
  • Mon Aug 07 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Andrea Surratt
  • Wed Aug 09 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Aug 11 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Mon Aug 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Wed Aug 16 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Aug 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Mon Aug 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Wed Aug 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Aug 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Mon Aug 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Wed Aug 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Sep 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Mon Sep 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Wed Sep 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry
  • Fri Sep 08 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Bonnie Berry