The classes at Open Door Yoga Studio are suitable for everyone; from yoga first-timers to advanced students. The poses and sequencing in our classes are based on a yoga system developed by the highly respected yoga teachers and physical culturists, Bishnu Ghosh and Buddha Bose. They were well known for combining pure yoga posture (asana) practice with weight training to help both athletes and the every day person looking to stay healthy . Combining expertise in muscle control and a lifetime of exposure to yoga through his family, he became famous for teaching his students to do the impossible with their bodies through breath and mental techniques. But, locally he was loved for helping anyone use yoga to deal with the daily burdens of the hard life in urban Kolkata. Often braking social rules about who could practice yoga, as yoga in India has deep cultural roots tied to the antiquated caste system. His most well known student is Bikram Choudhury, who spread his “Bikram Torture Chamber” all over the world within 25 years of leaving his teacher.
Whether you are looking to support your body through stress, athletic programs or just want to be mindful while exercising, this is the place for you.
Open Door Yoga was founded and currently run by one of the most experienced and educated hot yoga teachers in North Carolina. Having 16 plus years of experience in the hot room, Monica Shannon has learned many lessons about to best leverage the power of the heat. So, we proudly offer one of the most comprehensive and balanced class schedules in Raleigh yoga community. At Open Door, the hot yoga practice is balanced with unheated yoga classes of various styles in order to offer a very unique complimentary balance to either an avid hot yogi, or those who have intense lives outside of the yoga room and just need to decompress and move in a non-strenuous way. While we deeply love and believe in the heated practice, we know it is not for everyone and that there are times when a heated practice is not the answer for those who do it a lot. Our unheated offerings will vary season to season, but we will always offer Restorative and gentler classes on our permanent schedule. We are constantly exploring intelligent and mindful ways to increase the functionality of our bodies, using both science and our own exploration of movement through critical thinking. We have seasonal special events, workshops and trainings through out the year in order to help you educate yourself at your own pace. No matter what class you are taking, we focus on functional sustainability, breath and how to take care of yourself. It’s all done in a low key environment where we push you to work your hardest without any judgement of the result of trying. In fact, the only time you may get applauded in class is when you fall out of a posture!