“Convenient Yoga Classes Near Me!”
Yoga at Rise Up Martial Arts is just off the beltline and Stoughton Road, and conveniently throughout the day. Whether you are looking for yoga for beginners, looking to challenge yourself, or develop flexibility or strength for other sports, we can help you reach your goals.
We are community oriented, and have consistent instructors who will help you monitor your progress and improve over time! We are fully invested in our students!
What is Rise Up Yoga and Why Are We Bringing It To A Martial Arts Academy?
Yoga complements all aspects of martial arts. If we look at the art of jiu jitsu, for example, a main component is flexibility; however, flexibility is an attribute most try to go without. Yoga helps open joints, stretch out the body and elongate, and feel less stress and struggle when in certain positions. By adding in yoga, there is an increase of strength, a restoration of balance, a focus on how to control breathing and using that knowledge to help transition between movements, and a higher level of body awareness. All of those features are added benefits to the practice of jiu jitsu. Martial arts certainly teaches its students to have perseverance, precision, and determination which are also characteristics of yoga.
It is no secret that when people give yoga a try, they often add it to their everyday life. The collaboration allows the residents of McFarland and folks in the surrounding areas to come to a place that can improve the lives of all different types of people in various forms. There is a class for every person of any age and skill level.
I truly look forward to helping you achieve your personal goals and to see where this journey takes you.
About our Yoga Teacher
Hi! My name is Alicia. I was born and raised here in McFarland and absolutely love it here. My fiancé, Tyler Jarrett, and I have a beautiful daughter together and are so excited to get married next year. Outside of yoga, I love spending time outdoors. In the summer you can find me on the lake, playing kickball, horseback riding, and rollerblading. Even in the cold, snowy winter, I am outside – snowboarding, sledding, and [soon] building snowmen with my daughter.
Like most people, I have had my share of ups and downs in life. Shortly after my daughter was born, I began feeling disconnected with myself and others. I was going through a shift – being a new mom, getting engaged, becoming a stay-at-home parent, amongst other things – and began thinking about how to become connected again. While I have always been active and there was a point I spent quite a bit of time in the gym, I decided to try yoga. Unlike the time spent at the gym where I was counting calories, competing with and trying to look good for others, and focused on weight loss, yoga was for me and me alone – mentally and physically.
From the first time I stepped onto my mat, there was a change. I began to feel connected with myself, body and mind, and others again. I have been practicing for a little over a year and while I still endure the normal ups and downs in life, I am able to face them with an attitude of calmness and ease. Enduring the ever-changing tides and streams of life has become free flowing. Yoga has brought a better equilibrium; a welcomed sense of balance from being in touch with my body and mind. When I am on my mat, I am there for me. No boundaries set, no unreachable goals, nothing to prove to anyone. It has become a lifestyle, a piece of my life’s puzzle. So many aspects of my life have improved – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – from incorporating meditation and yoga and I hope to help others achieve that, as well.
What is yoga?
Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago – and is so much more than a fitness journey. While there are many sides to yoga, all incorporate physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines to help achieve a strong sense of equilibrium and help tap into different facets of the human experience. Hatha yoga (includes popular styles such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, etc.) is where the West derives their version of the practice. Asanas, the physical characteristics of yoga meaning the body positions and physical postures held, are transitioned using synchronized breathing techniques called vinyasa. Each asana can be as complicated or as simple as each yogi prefers – they can be made easier and more difficult depending on modifications.
Often, when people think about integrating yoga into their life, they fear they aren’t flexible enough to do the poses so they do not pursue it. What I want for my students, and for all who venture into this way of life, is for them to know we all start somewhere. We all come in feeling uncertain, not knowing whether this is for us, or if we can do it; however, the practice of yoga is not competitive. I want my students to leave feeling confident in themselves, in a calm state of mind, and having a strong sense of body awareness and mindfulness. Anyone – regardless of their shape, background, fitness level, or flexibility – can use yoga as it is so much more than just a movement. It is a journey that flows into all parts of life.
Yoga is a personal journey that is your own and it is whatever you want it to be.
Are you looking for a yoga workshop that will give you a glimpse into full body awareness, learn new poses and enhance old ones all while exploring Madison’s newest distillery location? For only 35$ you’ve found it! Alicia Blanchar, yoga instructor at Rise Up Martial Arts Academy, is hosting a 20-20-20 mindfulness workshop at Yahara Bay Distillery in Fitchburg. All proceeds benefit a local family in need.