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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

To Know Yourself: a daylong yoga benefit/retreat

Welcoming beginners and those with meditation and yoga experience in this daylong yoga retreat in Brattleboro, Vermont, a benefit for Safe Haven Children’s Trust, Cambodia.

Hits the Spot Yoga Retreat to Benefit Safe Haven

To Know Your Self Day-Long Retreat March 26, 2017

Hits the Spot Benefit for Safe Haven Children's Trust

Click here to find out more about Safe Haven’s Children Trust, Cambodia.

Find out more about the friendly and welcoming style of Hits the Spot Yoga.

Click here to contact Director Scott Willis for more information.

Daylong Yoga Retreat/Benefits–Everybody Wins!

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Rejuvenate your Practice, Reconnect with Yourself

Everybody Wins with Hits the Spot 2016-17 Daylong Yoga Retreats/Benefits
with Founder/Director Scott Willis.

Each daylong retreat benefits a local charity and includes:

Morning practice: 2-hour flow of poses, breathwork, and contemplation
Introduction to the many practices of Hits the Spot Yoga—and how they
can support you to cultivate optimal wellness and meaning in your life.
Discussion and meditation upon guiding principles: gratitude,
lovingkindness, forgiveness*
Poses clinic: Hits the Spot Yoga approach to backward bends, inversions,
hip opening poses, sequences*
Practical yoga philosophy that relates directly to your life

(*Each workshop focuses on one guiding principle and one poses clinic. Contact us for info.
Yoga teachers can earn six continuing education credits (CEUs) per workshop.)

Upcoming dates for Hits the Spot daylong retreat/benefits:

Morrisville, Vermont
•November 20, 2016
• April 23, 2017
Hits the Spot Yoga workshop series
Keene, New Hampshire
• December 4, 2016
• February 5, 2017

Brattleboro, Vermont
(home of Hits the Spot Yoga)
• January 8, 2017
• May 21, 2017

Billerica, Massachusetts
• March 19, 2017
• June 25, 2017

All retreats meet on Sundays from 9:00am – 4:00pm
(Hours may vary.)

Suggested donation $55. Any donation welcome.
All proceeds benefit local charities/supporting organizations.

About Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

Known for his friendly, compassionate style of teaching, Hits the Spot Yoga Founder Scott Willis creates an oasis for students where they can truly enjoy exploring the art and science of yoga.
Scott has been leading yoga classes for more than 25 years. His teacher training school is registered with Yoga Alliances and has been certifying instructors since 2011.

Contact Hits the Spot Yoga to enroll in a retreat near you.

Yoga Retreat & Benefit

To Know Yourself: A Daylong Yoga Retreat and Benefit for Safe Haven Children’s Trust, Cambodia.

Welcoming beginners and those with meditation and yoga experience in this daylong retreat in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Hits the Spot Yoga Retreat to Benefit Safe Haven

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Hits the Spot Benefit for Safe Haven Children's Trust

Click here to find out more about Safe Haven’s Children Trust, Cambodia.

Find out more about the friendly and welcoming style of Hits the Spot Yoga.

Click here to contact Director Scott Willis for more information.

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

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