30 Day Challenge Begins June 1st!

How would you like to look better, feel better, think more clearly, be less stressed, and be mentally and physically stronger … all in just 1 month!? Sounds too good to be true, right? It can happen, but it does take some effort on your part .. and this is why we offer 30 Day Yoga Challenges!

A consistent yoga practice can bring all of these things into your life. Our next Challenge begins Sunday, June 1st. What are the stipulations you ask?

  • Take 1 class a day for 30 days (you can take any class Flow, Gentle Stretch, Sculpt, or Sumits Yoga).
  • You are allowed to miss 2 days ONLY, and will need to double-up classes on 2 alternative days to make up for the missed days.
  • You are allowed no more than 2 classes a day during the challenge! We don’t want to see how fast you can get 30 classes completed, we want to see you consistently practice for 30 days!

Please sign up for the Challenge at the studio if you would like to participate! Everyone that completes the Challenge will receive a FREE Challenger Shirt! Questions? Call us at 417-881-YOGA.

We will be offering a Posture Clinic on Saturday, June 7th. This clinic is open to all students, and is $25. If you are participating in the Challenge, you can attend the Posture Clinic for 1/2 off, and it will count as one of your classes! Posture Clinics are a fantastic way to learn how to properly do all of the poses in our Sumits Yoga series, and learn modifications and advanced variations.

**Don’t forget that Thursday, May 22nd, is the last day to sign up for our Mala Making Workshop on Saturday, May 31st! Call 417-881-YOGA to register!

Mala Making Workshop

Join Sumits instructor Stephanie Brooks-Lowry on May 31st from 2-4 pm for our first ever Mala Making Workshop! Malas have been a part of Buddhist and Hindu culture for centuries, and they are used as a tool for meditation. Each Mala typically has 108 beads and can be made with gemstones, beads, or wood. During our workshop you will make your own gemstone mala and we will move through an hour long flow class. This will be a very fun and interactive afternoon, a great chance to meet the people you practice next to, and you will have a beautiful mala necklace to take home! Registration and payment must be completed by May 15, and upon registration you may choose between 2 stones- Rose Quarts (known for compassion, peace, and nourishment) and Sodalite (known for power, luck, and healing). The cost is $65.00 and includes all materials and the flow class!

Upcoming Events at Sumits Hot Yoga!

April 20th: 4 pm class only, co-taught by Nikki Adkins and Stephanie Lewis. Sign up online to reserve your spot!

May 4th: 2 pm Donations Flow Class with Stephanie Funderburk. Donations to benefit the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! This is a free class, but you can sign up online to reserve your spot.

May 10th: 2pm-5pm 5 Year Anniversary Party! Join us at the studio for great deals on packages and retail, and a chance to mingle with your fellow yogis!

May 18th: 2 pm Donations Flow Class with Stephanie Funderburk. Donations to benefit the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! This is a free class, but you can sign up online to reserve your spot.

Step into Spring Wellness Challenge

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be doing our Second Annual Wellness Challenge with our friends at Achieving Your Best and Fitness 4U! This is a 4 week wellness challenge that includes unlimited yoga, unlimited fitness, and unlimited nutrition counseling from February 10th- March 9th. The cost for the program is $150, and an informational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 9th at 7 pm at the Fitness 4U location at 4560 S. Campbell (in the back of the building!). This program was a great success last year, and we are looking forward to seeing how many lives can be changed again this year! Questions? Email us at info@sumithotyoga.com or call us at 417-881-9642!

Classes at Sumits Hot Yoga Springfield

Intimated to get in the heat and try Sumits Yoga!? We completely understand … but we guarantee there’s no reason to be! Our yoga is everyday yoga for anybody. Here’s a description of each of our classes, and what to expect when you come:

Sumits Yoga:
This is an 80 minute HOT yoga class, and the core of our yoga world here at Sumits. In the Sumits Practice we take static poses to create focus, …add vinyasa flow for strength and flexibility, play motivating and appropriate music, and all is done in the heat for your health! This amazing combination promises a unique, uplifting, rejuvenating experience. This series of poses will stay the same each class, but no two practices are ever identical … the challenge is yours to create! Each body-bending, mind centering, heart expanding session aims to strengthen your core, increase flexibility, and restore balance—all while you sweat out toxins, increase your blood flow, and flush fat in a heated room. This class is perfect for beginner and experienced yogis alike.

Sumit Banerjee, creator of Sumits Yoga, stresses that the greatest benefit comes not as much from the healing of the body, but from the healing of the mind. “The simple pleasure and self-reward that comes from quieting our minds, listening to each breath and honoring where are bodies are in stillness or movement cannot be measured. You do not measure your yoga practice by how many perfectly aligned poses you can perform”, he asserts, “but by how deep you can immerse yourself inwards. It’s amazing how a simple downward dog can be felt so differently by any student on any given day and still provide a feeling of connection, balance and satisfaction regardless of the depth it’s practiced. This is the beauty of yoga and it awaits every student who is ready let go of the ego and begin listening to our own deeper wisdom.”

Hour Flow:
This is a truly unique vinyasa practice that uses your own breath to link your movements while working on poses to tone, strengthen, and improve your balance and focus. This class, set to music, is great for those yogis ready to take the next step in their yoga journey, but is also appropriate for beginning students as well! Expect arm balance and inversion options in this practice, and if there is something you would like to work on in class, don’t be afraid to let your instructor know! This powerful practice is a fantastic way to get in touch with your breath, and connect your body and mind through intense flow. No two classes are ever the same!

Sumits Sculpt:
Yoga Sculpt, our flow class with weights, is a true total body workout! Yogis sculpt their bodies in this class packed with plyometrics, cardio, yoga, and weight-lifting all in one hour. This class can be modified for all fitness levels, and it is a yoga class at the end of the day – the true workout comes from listening to your body and taking care of yourself. This class is a great way to burn some extra calories, build healthy bone density, tone up those shoulders, biceps and core, and leave feeling calm, strong, refreshed and rejuvenated! Sumits Yoga Sculpt is a unique combination of power yoga and strength training. It is an intense and challenging workout designed to strengthen every student’s yoga practice. Students are responsible for their own weights for this class. We recommend bringing a set of 3 pound weights and a set of 5 pound weights, but the class can be completed without weights at all!

Gentle Stretch Yoga:
Why do gentle yoga? To renew the mind, body, and the spirit. Gentle Stretch Yoga focuses on using the breath as a tool to release tension, and to find a deeper state of relaxation. This 50 minute class is the perfect complement to other Sumits Yoga classes, and will help to quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.

**All classes are heated, and taught by certified, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors.

Mark Your Calendar Now for our Upcoming Workshops

Sumits Yoga is proud to offer the following upcoming workshops to deepen your yoga practice:

January 18th from 2 pm – 5pm: Introduction to the Chakras (rescheduled from a previous snow date!). Cost is $25, please call 417-881-YOGA to register.

February 1st from 2 pm – 4:30 pm: Sumits Yoga Alignment Workshop. Cost is $25, please call 417-881-YOGA to register.

February 15th from 4 pm – 6 pm: 3rd Annual Partner Yoga Class. Cost is $30/couple. Call 417-881-YOGA to register.

November Student of the Month – Ronny Clark

It has been such a joy for all of us at Sumits Yoga to watch Mr. Ronny Clark grow in his yoga practice, and we are so excited to present him with the title of November Student of the Month! Here’s what Ronny has to say about Sumits Yoga …

In the last 3-4 months hot yoga has become  a part of my routine.  I feel that the results from the course, however  gradual with me, are starting to make some changes in my daily life.   Although I haven’t lost much weight due to my bad habits and lifestyle, I  have rearranged some inches. These are results I can see in my belt holes and  pant size.
After my last physical my doctor said that  he didn’t know what I was doing, but to keep it up because my lab results were the  best that they have been in years. I contribute these results to hot  yoga!

Introduction to the Chakras Workshop

Have you ever been curious to learn more about the Chakras? Maybe your interest stopped as soon as you heard that they are spinning wheels of consciousness that lie within the body! It sounds very complex, even mythological, and not so applicable to modern times … But what if we told you that now more than ever the chakras are relevant and that understanding them can have a wonderfully profound effect on your life!? Join us for our “Introduction to the Chakras” Workshop on December 14th from 2-5 pm to learn more. We will spend half of our time in discussion, and half moving through a 7 part flow. New students welcome! Cost $25. Call 417-881-YOGA to register, or sign up at the studio.

October Special!

Ok yogis, who’s ready for our October Special!? From now until October 15th, sign up for our AUTOPAY Program and receive your first 3 months for just $79/month (plus tax)! That’s $79/month for UNLIMITED YOGA! This special is available for those who have never been on our autopay program before, and there is a 3 minimum to register for the special! After the first 3 months, the price for unlimited yoga is $107/month. Why wait until the New Year to make a commitment to health and wellness when you can start RIGHT NOW! Questions? Call us at 417-881-9642!

September Student of the Month – Eric Carter

My first Sumits experience was actually my first date with my wife, Sarah. We were acquaintances at the time through our mutual passion for wonderful tasting beers and as fate would have it, one night, we found ourselves sharing beers and connecting on a personal level. She explained that she was smack-dab in the middle of a 15 day hot yoga challenge and asked if I would like to join her for a class. (Hot yoga on the first date. What a girl!) I like to try out new things, so I said sure. But honestly, she could have asked if I wanted to go spelunking in search of rare guano and I would have said yes if that meant we could spend more time together. It was a Steph F. Sumits class on a Sunday… I remember really connecting to what Stephanie was saying about letting anything negative go and just caring about me for the duration of the class. People need to hear that from time to time. I also really enjoyed stretching my body, being challenged, sweating, and most importantly, spending time with Sarah. I had drunk all of my water and most of Sarah’s by the end of class, but it was a success overall.
It was a year later that I decided I was going to allow yoga to change my life and become a part of my routine. I enjoy that I’m doing something great for my body when I practice; But, at the same time, I’m also one of the lucky ones who feels the spiritual & mental benefits of yoga. I love the different styles the teachers have and how they bring different feelings into the room, even if the class stays the same. Whether its Megan prancing around the room reminding everyone to smile; Stephanie F. challenging us to go inward and to embrace what we find; Angie’s “you got this, you’re almost there” attitude; Nikki setting an intention before class or her softly spoken reassurance during the first savasana; Stephanie Lewis’ way of getting just a little more energy out of you than you thought you had; or one of Stephanie Lowry’s thoughtful flow classes. They are a very talented team leading us through a very special practice and I’m very proud to practice along side my wife and other wonderful students. Oh, and nothing feels better than a long savasana followed by a shower. If we don’t enjoy the simple things in life, we are left stuck trying to enjoy the complicated ones and then we wonder why it’s not working.