What is “Row-Ga!”?

Laura Caylor, GIR's RowGa! Instructor “Row-ga!” is a 75-minute yoga class offered at our Greenville Indoor Rowing studio as a complement for the rowing enthusiast and as an alternative for the YOGA lovers of Greenville! Every “Row’ga!” class is unique and dependent on the audience; we do our best to keep things fresh and interesting with your safety in mind, at all times.

It’s kind of amazing to see how we transform a highly intense and energetic rowing facility into a soft, quiet and very calming yoga center. YOGA @ GIR offers an organic flow of physical yoga poses, (asanas), sequenced to suit  your needs with whatever adjustments  or modifications necessary to allow you  to enjoy the experience even more. Each class is finished with a lying-down, guided meditation for the restful absorption of the yoga practice, releasing and relaxing one body part at a time.

We have mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and an occasional tennis ball to enhance and deepen your practice at GIR. Our warm and welcoming Community of Yogis helps participants learn, grow and experience a great space for yoga. The practice is always well-rounded and effective for both the experienced yogi as well as for any and all “newbies”. As I  gently remind folks, “There is no need to fear yoga, here!”


“Row-ga!” Classes – 10:45am til Noon

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Laura also offers other unique services for clients who wish to take their yoga and energy-enhancing practices even further. Click on the two links below to find more details on Qigong and Thai Yoga.

Qigong Donation Classes

Thai Yoga Sessions ~ One on One, by appointment only.

Lights are low for Rowga! Class
Teacher checking student poses

Instructor adjusts student

Instructor adjusts student

“Row-ga!” Class Testimonials

1. What has been your experience with “Row-ga!” at Greenville Indoor Rowing?

It’s my favorite hour of the week… and that’s saying something as I have some pretty good hours! =) I like the variety; I like the flow; I like the movement of it all.

Right from my very first Row-ga class I knew I was hooked. Take some Yoga, a great instructor and finish with mellow music, what a recipe!!!

I love it. Laura does a great job leading and guiding beginners and experienced participants. Immediately felt comfortable in something that was new to me.

2. How many times a week do you come to a “Row-ga!” class?

Just once a week – will eventually do more

Two, right now.

Once per week due to schedule issues. Ideally I would like to attend a class 2-3x wk.

Four!

3. Do you feel that the “Row-ga!” class is suitable for any age or fitness level?

Absolutely!

For the most part, yes, and Laura does a great job at helping and at pointing out alternate postures as/when necessary.

Yes…I am 58 and although I can not do many of the poses perfectly. Laura repeats to us often…..”Where you are now is exactly where you need to be, today.” We are not to force our bodies but become more aware of our bodies, aches, pains and concentrate on breathing to release the tensions/toxins/etc. that lie within that area.

4. How do you like the music in the “Row-ga!” class?

Always good music – like it when you change it up.

LOVE IT =) Oh yes…..and if you are sweet, Laura surprises you with your copy.

I just love the music – it takes me away to a calming and happy place.

5. Please rate your experience, both mental and physical, after a “Row-ga!” class from 1-10, (10 being the highest, most blissful experience!)

Very relaxed after yoga both physically and mentally

Most days, a 10! And on days that aren’t a 10, it’s not Row-ga!’s fault…

Mostly 10’s but some days one’s mind and body just aren’t in sink. I must say I have entered class as a 4 and left a 10 many times. Laura is a friend to so many and very grounded. She truly has a passion for yoga.

It would have to be 10 for me. By the end of class I am in Blissville!! Physically I am charged, and mentally I am in the moment.

My favorite part of the workout is the stretching poses we hold. I think they help me balance out my fitness routine the most. And I also like the reminders of when to inhale and exhale with each move.

Yoga is Laura’s passion. She is an excellent instructor and I never feel that I must go beyond MY limit. I love it when I can only bend 15 degrees of the 45 degrees and she says, “Where you are NOW is where you need to be.”

Treat your brain, spirit and body by participating in a “Row-Ga” class with Laura Caylor. After my first one hour class, my neck tension was gone and I felt a weeks worth of stress and emotional baggage float away. Oh yeah…she’ll also get you stretching muscles you didn’t know existed.

Keep up the good work!

Row-Ga ROCKS!

I have been practicing yoga off and on since 1996. When Laura finished her certification and began her “Row-ga” classes I was very skeptical of combining yoga (sacred stretching, to me) with rowing, which I didn’t understand at all. But I fell in love with Row-ga after the very first class! That was sometime last summer.

This spring, I realized that I was looking forward to the rowing as much as I was looking forward to the yoga… so I started rowing with Lowell in April. Now I am even more grateful for Row-ga! As soon as I started rowing, I realized that my hips, upper back and legs were in desperate need of more yoga. Talking with Laura about the muscles I could feel tightening has really helped me improve my technique AND my cruise pace and it’s also helped increase my endurance with rowing. I find that on the days I row with Lowell after doing Row-ga with Laura, my average speed is actually about 10 seconds lower! Talk about inspiration! I am also noticing that during Lowell’s classes I am breathing a lot more deeply, which I know helps with all aspects of my rowing and my health overall.

If you row, but have not tried Row-ga, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. I promise you will feel like you had a workout and that if you do it consistently, you will feel a difference in your rowing, too!

– Vicy Wlkinson