Yoga is a constant. It allows you to work through emotions and thoughts while gaining physical strength. Yoga is not just what you do in class or on your mat but it teaches you to be a better human.

Liz Hamill
Owners, Jordan Graham and Liz Hamill

I fell into a Beginners Yoga class after a last-minute schedule change my freshman year at UNM. I will admit, I was super intimidated by the terminology in the textbook and the idea of mindfulness and meditation felt a little out there to me. During that semester, we covered yoga basics and some history on the ancient practice that began thousands of years ago. I was definitely uneasy the first time we got on the mats, but I became intrigued with mental and emotional benefits I was feeling after each class. The physical challenge was enough distraction to make the mindfulness part come easy.  I don’t remember everything from my college textbooks, but yoga is a practice I’ve carried with me as a part of my fitness routine and lifestyle ever since. For me, yoga is the ultimate act of self-care. Just taking a few minutes to focus on your breath and stretch the muscles will literally have you feeling better from head to toe.

I’ve had the pleasure of joining the community at Luna Yoga right here in Carlsbad and I can’t rave enough about my experience. This female owned and operated studio serves and positively contributes to our community by promoting wellness for everyone who walks through the door. With six instructors, the studio provides access to a variety of yoga styles for all experience levels and preferences. There are gentle styles of yoga and more strenuous, at Luna Yoga you will definitely find a class that fits your needs.

In 2017, Jordan Graham and Liz Hamill opened the first yoga studio in Carlsbad in an effort to support and foster the sense of mindfulness and peace in the surrounding community. In my conversation with them, they explained that yoga is practice they carry beyond the mat. They both practice and teach with the intention “Be You Here Now.” Jordan explained, “In studio or at home you can find more mobility and calmness through your day when you just take a few minutes to connect the mind and body through breath and movement.” Yoga is a practice that can be built to meet individual needs; regardless of age, gender, or fitness level “yoga is for everybody!” Whether you are experiencing pain or simply want to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, Luna Yoga provides a healing and friendly environment to do so.

Luna Yoga is located at 607 N. Main St. in Carlsbad, NM. If you’d like more information please reach out to them via email at lunayoganm@gmail.com or visit their website: www.lunayoganm.com. 

Benefits of Yoga

Improves flexibility
Develops healthy posture
Strengthens bones
Encourages blood flow
Boosts immunity by clearing lymphatic system
Naturally uplifts mood
Sharpens focus

Yoga studios are truly wonderful but you don’t actually need one to practice. The women of Luna Yoga want to continue to serve the community by providing our readers with a user-friendly guide to start practicing at home.

Here are 5 simple foundation poses to try:

Balasana

(Child’s pose)

Helps stretch hips and back torso while reducing stress and fatigue

Viparita Karani

(Legs up the wall)

Relieves lower back pain and facilitates relaxation

Tadasana

(Mountain pose)

Helps in correcting posture and balance

Sukhasana

(Easy pose)

Sit comfortable and breathe naturally to build physical and mental balance 

Baddha Konasana

(Butterfly)

Improves general circulation and releases toxins stored in the lower body

Instructors of Luna Yoga – Left to right Liz Hamill, Rachel Freer-waters, Andrea Norton,  Amanda Davis & Jordan Graham (Not pictured: Cassie Ruiz)

Article originally published in Focus on Carlsbad 2020 Spring edition.