News From VegaYoga
- IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
- Natural Awakenings - Urban Yoga Celebrates Five Years of ‘Yoga for the People’
- VegaYoga gets Masslive Readers Rave 2013
- VegaYoga featured in Business West Article
- VegaYoga Voted Best Place for Yoga 2011
- Many Hands: Yoga in Unusual Spaces
- VegaYoga on Channel 22 Mass Appeal
- Holyoke Sun: New Studio in Holyoke
- Holyoke Plus: August 2008
- Many Hands: 2008 - Holyoke teacher brings yoga to hispanic community
- Many Hands: A look at the studio scene
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:
- Holyoke Plus: Rockette gives tap-dance lessons
- Holyoke Plus: RFK teens take Yoga
- Vega Yoga Receives Community Foundation Grant For Outreach
- Music at VegaYoga
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER
If the weather and the roads are questionable, please call our studio phone number, 413-519-4966 for an outgoing voice message stating updated class cancelations or studio closings.
We will also post any weather related closings on our Facebook page and our website schedule page.
Natural Awakenings - Urban Yoga Celebrates Five Years of ‘Yoga for the People’
Urban Yoga Celebrates Five Years of ‘Yoga for the People’
For more than five years now, VegaYoga & Movement Arts Inc., in Holyoke, has been providing, as expressed by Co-director Debra Vega, “Yoga for the people, meaning yoga for all people—regular people, but we now are able to offer more movement based practices than ever before!” and that milestone merits a celebration.
More than 25 yogis came together to practice to the live performance of local musician and “one-man band” Tony Silva (TonySilva.com) as Co-director Aaron Vega taught an open-level yoga class. Afterward, a delicious brunch was provided at the nearby Electric Cafe (ElectricCafeHolyoke.com), in their downtown refurbished Holyoke mill complex location, Open Square (OpenSquare.com).
“The studio has changed a lot over the past five years,” says Vega, and she is right. Aside from all levels of yoga classes, from beginning to advanced, VegaYoga also offers weekly classes in t’ai chi, belly dance and bootcamp fitness classes, as well as a new hybrid class called Willpower & Grace, combining fitness exercises, dance and yoga.
Children's yoga classes are offered weekly onsite for ages 3 to 6, as well as throughout the community through an extensive community outreach program that includes Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Homework House, Education with Travel School, the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council, Northeast Center for Youth and Families, Holyoke Strings Summer Camp, Holyoke Public Schools, Nueva Esperanza/Youth Build, Holyoke Midwifery Association and Headstart programs in Chicopee, Springfield and Holyoke.
This summer, VegaYoga will keep evolving. Instructor Carol Clark will teach four weeks of “t’ai chi-robics”, a high-energy, low-impact workout that borrows a few kicks and punches from kung fu, yet retains the t’ai chi moves we know and love. It’s a fun class that will get the blood moving and work off extra weight, just in time for bikini season, but more than that, it’s a new twig on a sturdy tree that’s been growing and blossoming for half a decade.Location: 4 Open Square Way, Studio 221. For more information, call 413-519-4966, email Info@VegaYoga.com or visit VegaYoga.com.
VegaYoga gets Masslive Readers Rave 2013
Full list of winners at: www.masslive.com/readerraves/index.ssf/2013/06/reader_raves_winners.html
VegaYoga featured in Business West Article
We are honored to be featured in an article about the revitalization
and Doing Business in Holyoke in the latest Business West issue.
VegaYoga Voted Best Place for Yoga 2011
Many Hands: Yoga in Unusual Spaces
Our Collaboration with photogapher Jeffery Byrnes is starting to get some press!
The concept is to honor our yoga practice in our true enviorment and blend the human form into the suroundings.
Being a yoga studio in an urban enviorment we took our practice to the streets - literaly.
Check out the article at many hands, see the 8 prints we have at the studio and check out our online gallery.
We will be shooting more in the next few weeks so don't be surprised when you see tree pose in downtown Holyoke!
VegaYoga on Channel 22 Mass Appeal
Co-directors, Aaron and Debra Vega, along with yogis, Chris Rizzuto and Shana Collier, appeared on channel 22's local live daytime TV show, "Mass Appeal" last week.
Click the link below to view the clips. The first segment is an interview and the second is a short yoga demo. It was really fun and a great opportunity to keep getting the word out about our studio. Enjoy!
Watch the Video
Holyoke Sun: New Studio in Holyoke
An article about the Studio in the Holyoke Sun, July 11, 2008
Holyoke Plus: August 2008
A story about Aaron Vega in The Republican's "Holyoke Plus" supplement, from August 2008.
Many Hands: 2008 - Holyoke teacher brings yoga to hispanic community
Many Hands: A look at the studio scene
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:
Holyoke Plus: Rockette gives tap-dance lessonsRockette gives tap-dance lessons
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
By MIKE PLAISANCE
HOLYOKE - If you've ever wanted to take tap-dancing lessons from a world-famous Radio City Rockette, now is your chance.
Debra Vega, 39, of Holyoke, was a Rockette in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006 and is using her skills to teach a beginners tap-dancing course for teenagers and adults that began on Sept. 14 and runs every Tuesday through mid-June.
"I like to throw in little tid-bits as the class goes through, like, 'I remember dancing on the stage ...,'" Vega said.
Vega Yoga & Movement Arts, which is at 4 Open Square Way, Studio 221, is offering the course with the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, which is also at Open Square Way in Studio 403.
The tap-dancing lessons will be in Studio 403. No tap shoes are required.
Various fee packages are available depending on the number of classes taken.
"Tap not only is great excercise, good for coordination and good for the brain, it's also upbeat, lively and a lot of fun," Vega said.
Having been part of an internationally renown dance troupe like the Rockettes means she can impart knowledge such as the hard work needed to maintain the physical and mental focus vital to a months-long performance
schedule, she said.
"It was really an honor because the Rockettes are such an institution. As a dancer, it's one of the pinnacles," she said.
Vega is co-director of Vega Yoga & Movement Arts with husband Aaron M. Vega, who is a member of City Council.
Various histories say that the Rockettes group began in St. Louis and was known as the Missouri Rockets. Upon hitting New York City, they were the Roxyettes and were the Rockettes when they debuted at Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 27, 1932.
The Rockettes are the stars of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular seen by more than 2 million people a year and in more than 60 cities in North America each year, according to rockettes.com
They have performed their intricately synchronized dances at presidential inaugurations, Super Bowl half-time shows and the Tony Awards.
Holyoke Plus: RFK teens take Yoga
By STEPHANIE CHELF
HOLYOKE - Inside a renovated mill building, city teens are experiencing yoga for the first time, learning how skills of meditation, relaxation and deep breathing can help them overcome everyday challenges.
"Take with you what you can and leave behind what you don't need. Namaste," said Aaron Vega, owner of Vega Yoga, wrapping up an hour-long class with teens from the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps' Experiment With Travel School.
During the month of May, the students from Experiment With Travel, a special-education day school in Holyoke, traveled to Vega Yoga for their first-ever series of yoga classes. The program was made possible by a community outreach grant Vega's studio received.
“We're giving the skills of yoga to teens who never had access to it before," Vega said. "It's a calming, peaceful experience for them."
Vega will teach 70 such classes this year to Holyoke teens, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and a $500 grant from the Save Yoga Network.
In addition to the students from the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps program, Vega Yoga will teach free classes to teens from Girls' Inc., the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club and Youth Build, among others.
The students from the Experiment With Travel School face a variety of emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges and were referred to the school by their local school districts. The school has 18 students from age 12 to 21. It is one of the 19 programs run by the Kennedy Children's Action Corps, a child welfare and juvenile justice agency in Massachusetts.
In one of the final classes of the program, Vega led five students along with senior clinician Megan Lutz and the school's program director, Dave Madeloni, through an hour of traditional breathing techniques of yoga and a series of stretching and balancing poses.
"And, you can use this pose when you feel stressed," said Vega, as he led the students onto the floor for "child's pose."
Student Tamara, a 17-year-old from Holyoke, said the weekly class was relaxing and helped her get through the day.
"I like the calmness of it. I feel good after," Tamara said. "It releases stress and keeps me going. When I get mad, I think about the class and it calms me."
Tamara said she has used deep breathing and other skills from yoga to deal with stress at school and home.
"The ability to relax is a skill and yoga is teaching that skill to our students," said Madeloni. "Our students have had bad experiences in schools in the past. Going to yoga is a good experience for them. We hope they continue to take all those skills of mindfulness, breathing and relaxation techniques back to school with them."
Vega Yoga Receives Community Foundation Grant For Outreach
Thanks to the talents of our grant writer and fellow yogi, Jessica Berger, Vega Yoga & Movement Arts received, not one, but TWO GRANTS to be used toward community outreach with the urban population of teens in Holyoke.
Working with such great organizations as Holyoke Health Center, Girl's Inc, The Care Center, Nuestras Raices/Youth Build, and Midwifery Care of Holyoke, Vega Yoga will be able to provide FREE YOGA to the teens whom these organizations work with.
$5,000 was given by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and $500 was given by the Mass Yoga Network SEVA Grant. Classes will be taught by Aaron, Debra, Jessica, or Michelle and will include yoga for teens, pre-natal yoga and meditation classes.
Debra and Aaron are thrilled at the possiblity of helping hundreds of teens throughout the next year to be able to discover the joys and benefits of yoga!
Read the Press Release form Girls Inc.
Music at VegaYoga
Ever wonder where we get some of the music we use at VegaYoga?
Music has been a key ingredient to Aaron's teaching style. From traditional Indian Music to Alternative Rock, from Krishna Das to Citizen Cope to DJ inspired groves you never know what music you might be practcing to at VegaYoga but it's always good.
Here are some links to the signature music we use in class - enjoy
And a radio station that always plays songs that make their way onto our playlist
Soon we will have our playlist page updates with some of our latest creations.