Registered yoga teacher Rebecca Steiner leads a yoga for beginners workshop at River Bend Yoga, 202 State St. in Alton.
ALTON — Flowers, candy and romantic dinners come to mind when we think of Valentine’s Day. Now think of yoga.
River Bend Yoga is hosting a yoga immersion weekend around the theme of love — for your partner, yourself and your community — Feb. 13-15. All monies collected Sunday will be donated to the startup campaign for Grassroots Grocery Co-op.
Vicky Delaney and Janet Keffer are co-owners of the studio located at the foot of State Street and have been following the grocery since its inception.
“Grassroots Grocery is special to us. It’s close to Janet in her neighborhood and we’ve sort of adopted them. We recently read they were $16,000 to $17,000 short of their goal,” Delaney said. So when brainstorming the weekend, the two decided that 100 percent of donations Sunday would go to the co-op.
The love starts Friday evening with an hourlong heart-opening yin yoga class followed with a glass of champagne and chocolates. Led by Shannon Dunham, the focus of the class is “opening your heart to loving your partner,” Delaney said.
Saturday’s theme is “loving and taking care of yourself” with a 90-minute Fundamentals for Beginners workshop led by Rebecca Steiner.
“We had such a good turnout last month, we wanted to do it again,” Delaney said. Friday and Saturday’s classes are $15 each.
Sunday’s Yoga Immersion begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Each class is 45 minutes and a lunch break is built into the day. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 per class. Students can buy an all-day pass for $50 that gives them access to all nine classes. The pass includes a 10 percent discount for lunch at Mac’s Time Out on Belle Street, a River Bend Yoga 24-ounce reusable cup and a pack of seeds compliments of Grassroots Grocery.
Delaney said each class has a different emphasis based on the instructor’s interest. All the teachers are donating their time Sunday.
The day begins with Morning Yoga & Breath-work, led by Poonam Jain, and ends with Samantha Burton’s Mudras & Meditation class. In between are seven more classes, including Warm Power Yoga and Core Focused Yoga.
Keffer is teaching an inversion class at 3 p.m.
“I love to be upside down and love handstands,” Keffer said. “It gives you a chance to look at the world differently.”
She said many people don’t feel comfortable being upside down but encourages them to throw away their fears.
“The yoga postures we’ll be doing will build up to headstands and handstands,” Keffer said.
Delaney will teach Fluid Motion at 1 p.m.
“This will be a dynamic and fluid sequence, almost like a dance,” Delaney said. “We’ll be constantly moving through poses, repeating them and taking them a little deeper each time.”
“Yoga is more than just four walls and a studio. We want to take it out to the community and in the process, support it.”
If you go
Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Heart-opening Yin Yoga, $15
Saturday, Feb. 14, 9:30-11 a.m., Love Yourself Beginners Workshop, $15
Sunday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each class is 45 minutes with a lunch break from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop in for one class ($5) or purchase an all-day pass ($50).
Morning Yoga and Breath Work – Poonam Jain
Slow Flow Vinyasa – Mindy Griggs
Hatha Flow Yoga – Erin Ahlfield
Warm Power Yoga – Judy Ryan
Fluid Motion Yoga – Vicky Delaney
Balance Focused Yoga – Rebecca Steiner
Having Fun with Inversions – Janet Keffer
Core Focused Yoga – Shannon Dunham
Mudras and Meditation – Samantha Burton