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What is Hits the Spot Yoga?

What is Hits the Spot Yoga?

I’ve been teaching yoga and related mind-body classes for 30 years. When I first decided to define the unique style of yoga I teach, I wanted a term that would immediately communicate the benefit to students and practitioners. That’s how “Hits the Spot Yoga” came to be.

Over the years, many of my students told me that my yoga classes really “hit the spot” for them. That held true regardless of whether they needed relief after sitting at a desk all day, wanted a stretch after gardening, were recovering from surgery, or were just getting into yoga for the first time. I liked that idea of “hitting the spot” for students. It fit with my philosophy of offering friendly, compassionate yoga classes for folks of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

And so the name for my yoga style was born.

Through Hits the Spot Yoga, I emphasize doing poses in a way that’s right for each student’s body and needs. A guiding principle is for each person to choose a gentle, moderate, or vigorous version of a pose—whatever satisfies them, without worrying about what others are doing. There’s no competition in my classes. We’re all there to stretch, move, and feel good, going to our individual steady edge with proper alignment, using variations and props to get it just right for each of us.

Beyond the physical benefits, Hits the Spot Yoga seems to support folks in deep, personal ways. Students have told me my classes “hit the spot” when they feel scattered, stressed, tense, or pulled in different directions. The classes help when they are anxious, afraid, or lonely. They are also a great tonic for those who are tired of the competitive aspect that can flourish in yoga classes and just want to move in a way that feels good to them.

My students all know that one of my favorite quotes is from Erich Schiffmann: “Yoga will make you sensitive to the stillness, the presence, the hush, the peace of God. This deep inner stillness is at the core of your being. It is the ground, the joy of your being. The radiant peace you'll experience is what happens naturally when the creative energy of God is allowed to flow through you unobstructed.”

That really underscores the idea behind Hits the Spot Yoga: to help students move their bodies in a way that allows them to feel that creative energy—of god, of the universe, of life—moving through them and nourishing their beings.

As I said, I’ve been teaching yoga for three decades—most of that time right here in Brattleboro, Vermont, as the lead instructor for The Yoga Center at Solar Hill. Hits the Spot Yoga is the culmination of my work and practice over the years. My primary influences have been Anusara, Kripalu, and Iyengar yoga styles, as well as Insight Meditation. Since 2011, I’ve been the director and lead instructor for the Hits the Spot Yoga 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs, where I teach emerging and established yoga teachers to share the Hits the Spot Yoga style with their own students.

The bottom line is what I tell my students: “It’s your body. It’s your time. It’s your class.” My yoga classes provide an oasis for them to take care of themselves and enjoy themselves in a non-competitive atmosphere of calm and peace—with a few jokes tossed in there, now and then. J

Hits the Spot Gratitude

These are extraordinarily challenging times, and it’s important to remember–in terms of yoga–that we have many tools for self care, and caring for each other…and for remembering our connection to “something larger and deeper,” however that might manifest for each of us:

Yoga poses
Breathwork
Chanting
Gratitude practice
Forgiveness practice
Lovingkindness practice
Meditation/Prayer
Guided contemplations
Study
Good work
Peaceful activism

May we continue to grow in our love and respect for ourselves and each other, and use these practices as support.

Scott

Scott Willis, Hits the Spot Yoga
November 2016

Fall/Winter Yoga Semester

Early-bird rate through July 30, 2016

Hits the Spot Yoga Fall/Winter Semester

Hits the Spot Yoga studio, Solar Hill, 229 Western Avenue, Brattleboro Vermont

July 2016
Dear Yogis,

I hope you’re finding ways to stay cool these days… Speaking of which, it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter, at least in terms of yoga!

I invite you to join me for the 2016-2017 Fall/Winter Semester of Hits the Spot Yoga: September 5, 2016 – February 18, 2017.

As usual, I’ll be offering classes at many different levels: Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate, Intermediate, and Yoga Flow-Meditation in Motion yoga classes.

Highlights of the semester:

    3-Year Yoga Curriculum with 45 lesson plans: This provides some really nice yoga flows, occasionally with brief practice periods, ensuring that new postures will be gradually phased in throughout the semester.

    Make-up Classes: The semester of classes continues to be a fun, enjoyable way for you to rejuvenate and relax—and remains a “good deal” in challenging economic times. I’ve kept the fees at the customary reasonable rate, and for those of you who sign up for the semester, I again offer four make-up classes every week, making it easy to get in all the classes for which you’ve paid.

   Early Bird Discount: The deadline for this offer is July 30, 2016.

Yoga has been really big part of my life for over 29 years, and I feel very fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to share that love of yoga with you!
I’m looking forward to practicing with you in the Fall/Winter Semester!

Click here for more information or feel free to contact me or call: 802-257-1926

With warmest good cheer,
Scott

PS: Don’t forget, the Spring/Summer Semester is still happening! And it runs until July 30.
There is space available in certain classes during this time for drop-ins.
Please contact me to find out which classes currently have space.

Spring/Summer Semester Opens February 22, 2016

Dear Yogis,

a yoga workshop series

The Yoga Center at Solar Hill

I invite you to join me for the 2016 Spring/Summer Semester of Hits the Spot Yoga: February 22 – July 30, 2016.

As many of you know some class times fill up quickly so reserve your space as soon as you can. (Check out the schedule & rates here.)

As usual, I’ll be offering classes at many different levels: Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate, Intermediate, and Yoga Flow-Meditation in Motion yoga classes.

Highlights of the semester:

    3-Year Yoga Curriculum with 45 lesson plans: This provides some really nice yoga flows, occasionally with brief practice periods, ensuring that new postures will be gradually phased in throughout the semester.

    Make-up Classes: The semester of classes continues to be a fun, enjoyable way for you to rejuvenate and relax—and remains a “good deal” in challenging economic times. I’ve kept the fees at the customary reasonable rate, and for those of you who sign up for the semester, I again offer four make-up classes every week, making it easy to get in all the classes for which you’ve paid.

Yoga has been really big part of my life for over 28 years, and I feel very fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to share that love of yoga with you!

About Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

I’m looking forward to practicing with you in the Spring/Summer Semester!

With warmest good cheer,
Scott

PS. If you’re inclined, please also share this information with two friends—folks you feel would really enjoy yoga the way I teach it and who haven’t had a chance to attend a class yet.

Free Day of Yoga Classes

A day of free classes for anyone new to the Hits the Spot Yoga approach

a day of free class at Hits the Spot Yoga

Dear Yogis,

We are having a special day of beginning level classes on Wednesday, February 17!

It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who are unfamiliar with the Hits the Spot Yoga approach, to try it out, free of charge.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know who would enjoy this experience.

And please feel free to accompany them to the class, if you would like, free of charge.

With warmest good cheer,
Scott

Hits-the-Spot-Yoga-Special-Day

Early-Bird Offer for the Spring-Summer Semester

Dear Yogis,

a yoga workshop series

The Yoga Center at Solar Hill

I invite you to join me for the 2016 Spring/Summer Semester of Hits the Spot Yoga: February 22 – July 30, 2016.

As many of you know some class times fill up quickly so reserve your space as soon as you can–and take advantage of the early-bird rate–when you do so by February 13th!
(Check out the schedule & rates here.)

As usual, I’ll be offering classes at many different levels: Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate, Intermediate, and Yoga Flow-Meditation in Motion yoga classes.

Highlights of the semester:

    3-Year Yoga Curriculum with 45 lesson plans: This provides some really nice yoga flows, occasionally with brief practice periods, ensuring that new postures will be gradually phased in throughout the semester.

    Make-up Classes: The semester of classes continues to be a fun, enjoyable way for you to rejuvenate and relax—and remains a “good deal” in challenging economic times. I’ve kept the fees at the customary reasonable rate, and for those of you who sign up for the semester, I again offer four make-up classes every week, making it easy to get in all the classes for which you’ve paid.

Yoga has been really big part of my life for over 28 years, and I feel very fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to share that love of yoga with you!

About Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

I’m looking forward to practicing with you in the Spring/Summer Semester!

With warmest good cheer,
Scott

PS. Don’t forget, the Fall/Winter Semester is still happening! And it runs until February 13. (There is space available in certain classes during this time for drop-ins. Please contact me to find out which classes currently have space.)

PPS. If you’re inclined, please also share this information with two friends—folks you feel would really enjoy yoga the way I teach it and who haven’t had a chance to attend a class yet.

Hits the Spot Yoga–for Golfers!

Hits the Spot Yoga for Golfers Returns…

Click here for information about class schedule, rate, and enrollment!

ScottCart250pxI’m excited to announce that Hits the Spot Yoga for Golfers has returned! The new course will begin in January 2016.

One reason I created this 12-session course is because as we grow older and wish to continue to fully enjoy the amazing game of golf, our bodies don’t always cooperate fully. To help our bodies stay in game-playing shape over the winter, we can benefit greatly from practicing golf-specific yoga techniques for optimal flexibility, strength, and focus.

Golf, of course, has five main components:

Long game
Short game
Putting
Physical
Mental

The new Hits the Spot Yoga for Golfers 2016 focuses solely on the physical and mental aspects of the game, leaving the swing mechanics in the most capable hands of really good teachers like Eric Sandstrum and Jay Morelli.

Over the 12 sessions, we will focus on learning four yoga routines that promote flexibility, balance, strength, and joint health. Once you learn these routines, you can tailor them to meet your specific needs and then continue using them throughout the golf season.

At the end of each class, during relaxation, we will listen to tips from the most excellent Dr. Bob Rotella on how to improve our mental game, including tips on how to practice on the range and practice greens, and how to take what we practice onto the course.

There’s another important change in the course for 2016: separate women’s and men’s classes. Don’t worry, this isn’t to cut down on the fun! We’re doing this so each class can focus on the specific—and different—changes in flexibility and strength that women and men experience with time.

Hits the Spot Yoga for Golfers 2016 is a great way to improve your game during the off season while you hang out with other folks who love golf—as we all wait for that magical day in April.

Here’s to achieving our personal best in 2016—and having fun while we do it!

Cheers,
Scott

Click here for information about class schedule, rate, and enrollment!

Hits The Spot Yoga

November Daylong Yoga Workshop

~a daylong workshop for yoga teachers & avid practitioners

November 2015
Dear Yogis,

Hits the Spot Yoga entranceI hope you’ll join consider joining me on November 22 to spend a full day delving into the many aspects of yoga that we dearly love.

What: A day of yoga practice and discussion

Where: Yoga Center at Solar Hill

When: Sunday, November 22, 2015, from 9 am – 4 pm

Why: To share the day doing yoga and discussing its many aspects with a group of wonderful folks

Who: Yoga teachers and avid practitioners of yoga

Hits The Spot Yoga practice space

Workshop FAQs:

What will the day include?

Morning practice: Poses, breathwork and meditation

Poses clinic: Hits the Spot Yoga approach to inversions

Teachers’ forum: Living your dharma

Discussions: Different aspects of yoga and finding your dharma

Lunch Break: Bring your own and enjoy it at or around Solar Hill

Hits The Spot Yoga at Solar Hill in Brattleboro, Vermont

What is dharma?

According to Stephen Cope, who wrote The Great Work of Your Life, “The Sanskrit word “dharma,” as used in the Bhagavad Gita, is so full of meaning that it is impossible to grasp its full scope through any English translation.” Wow. At its core, you could consider it your life’s meaning and purpose. For this workshop, we’ll use Stephen’s book as inspiration for identifying something that is important to you and on which you would like to put more focus to get more satisfaction out of life.

Will I have to teach yoga in the workshop?

No. Both yoga teachers and non-teachers are invited to attend.  Yoga teachers can earn 6 continuing education credits (CEUs).

I understand this is just one workshop in a series. Do I have to sign up for all—or more than one—workshop?

No. Feel free to join us for any of the workshops you are interested in. Click here to learn about the other workshops in this series.

Cost: $75 per workshop or $60 each if you sign up for all four.

Info and registration: Contact me at (802) 257-1926 or scott-willis@comcast.net
or find out more on the Facebook event page.  (Note: space limited.)

I hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Scott

Welcome Yoga Teachers & Avid Practitioners!

September 2015
Dear Yogis,

I hope you’ll join consider joining us on September 27 to spend a full day delving into the many aspects of yoga that we dearly love.

Workshop: Bringing Your Dharma into Focus ~a workshop series devoted to exploring and actualizing the gift of teaching/living yoga.

CommunityWho: Yoga teachers and avid practitioners of yoga

What: A day of yoga practice and discussion

Where: Yoga Center at Solar Hill

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 9 am – 4 pm

Why: To share the day doing yoga and discussing its many aspects with a group of wonderful folks

Workshop FAQs:

What will the day include?

Morning practice: Poses, breathwork, and meditation

Poses clinic: Thorough exploration of backward bends, including different asanas and basic anatomy and physiology

Discussions: Different aspects of yoga and finding your dharma

Lunch Break: Bring your own and enjoy it on the beautiful Solar Hill grounds

Solar Hill in Summer: Kelly Salasin

Solar Hill Gardens in Summer: Kelly Salasin

What is dharma?

According to Stephen Cope, who wrote The Great Work of Your Life, “The Sanskrit word “dharma,” as used in the Bhagavad Gita, is so full of meaning that it is impossible to grasp its full scope through any English translation.” Wow. At its core, you could consider it your life’s meaning and purpose. For this workshop, we’ll use Stephen’s book as inspiration for identifying something that is important to you and on which you would like to put more focus to get more satisfaction out of life.

Will I have to teach yoga in the workshop?

No. Both yoga teachers and non-teachers are invited to attend.  Yoga teachers can earn 6 continuing education credits (CEUs).

I understand this is just one workshop in a series. Do I have to sign up for all—or more than one—workshop?

No. Feel free to join us for any of the workshops you are interested in. Click here to learn about the other workshops in this series.

Cost: $75 per workshop or $60 each if you sign up for all four.

Info and registration: Contact me at (802) 257-1926 or scott-willis@comcast.net

I hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Scott

Fall Session Enrolling Now

July 2015
Dear Yogis,

ScottCart250pxI hope you’re enjoying the warm summer months as much as I am. Believe it or not, however, it’s time to start thinking about autumn and winter—at least in terms of yoga!

I invite you to join me for the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Semester of Yoga: August 31, 2015 – February 12, 2016.

As usual, I’ll be offering classes at many different levels: Beginning, Beginning/Intermediate, Intermediate, and Yoga Flow-Meditation in Motion yoga classes.

Highlights of the semester:

    3-Year Yoga Curriculum with 45 lesson plans: This provides some really nice yoga flows, occasionally with brief practice periods, ensuring that new postures will be gradually phased in throughout the semester.

    Make-up Classes: The semester of classes continues to be a fun, enjoyable way for you to rejuvenate and relax—and remains a “good deal” in challenging economic times. I’ve kept the fees at the customary reasonable rate, and for those of you who sign up for the semester, I again offer four make-up classes every week, making it easy to get in all the classes for which you’ve paid.

   Early Bird Discount: The deadline for this offer is July 25, 2015. Click here for rates.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at (802) 257-1926.

I’m looking forward to practicing with you in the Fall/Winter Semester—but not before we’ve all had plenty of time to enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer!

Cheers,
Scott

HTSYPS: Don’t forget, the Spring/Summer Semester is still happening! We’ll be practicing yoga together until July 25, so I hope to see you soon. There is space available in certain classes during this time for drop-ins … Please contact me to find out which classes currently have space.

Spread the word? If you’re inclined, share this with two friends—folks you feel would really enjoy yoga the way I teach it and who haven’t had a chance to attend a class yet…