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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

A Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative

Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro, VT.

Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro, VT.

Rejuvenate your Practice and Reconnect with Yourself in a Day-long Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative, Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Hits the Spot Yoga Fall/Winter Semester

Hits the Spot Yoga Center, Brattleboro, Vermont

This benefit/retreat at Hits the Spot Yoga is intended both for beginners and those who have experience with yoga. It will introduce newcomers, in a very friendly way, to yoga practices that can easily be incorporated into daily life, and it will renew and strengthen the practice of more experienced participants.

Joshua Davis, special guest, Hits the Spot Yoga Retreat/Benefit for Groundworks Collaborative

Joshua Davis

All proceeds will be donated to Groundworks Collaborative. Special guest Joshua Davis, Executive Director, will make a short presentation about the local non-profit whose mission is to provide basic needs with dignity. Groundworks Collaborative was established in 2015 following the merger of two well-established organizations: the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter.




Hits the Spot Yoga Founder/Director Scott Willis is known for his compassionate style of teaching. He is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance, and enthusiastically leads yoga classes, trainings and benefit/retreats throughout New England. Scott has been leading yoga since 1989.

Scott Willis, Hits the Spot Yoga

Hits the Spot Yoga Founder/Director, Scott Willis

Contact Hits the Spot Yoga to hold your space in this retreat: scott-willis@comcast.net


Daylong Yoga Retreat/Benefits–Everybody Wins!

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.