"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."  ~ Rumi
Restorative Movement For Inner Peace Welcome to Light in the Dark Yoga where we are committed to providing accessible yoga and meditation classes for improved health and well-being. We have experience in a variety of yoga traditions, and are always seeking innovative and integrative programs to support our students. Together, we can create a practice to support your interests and experience, help reduce stress and physical tension, and increase serenity both on and off the mat. Thank you for visiting, we look forward to working together. ~Cindy Gilmore RYT
Light In The Dark Yoga Beaufort SC

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Our yoga and meditation programs are created to support your intentions and interests, guided by safety, compassion and kindness.

Workplace and Community Programs

Classes can range from gentle or therapeutic to active and energizing. We will work together to create a practice that is suitable for your participants.

Private Yoga

Private Yoga Instruction -from breathing exercises and meditation to active and energizing movement, supporting your intention and ability is our goal.

Gentle Yoga

This is an accessible practice for everyone regardless of experience or ability. Instruction is provided to support all students and can include breath-work, gentle movement and meditation with seated and standing postures as appropriate.

Yoga for Seniors

Yoga for Seniors -Strength, balance and flexibility are the foundation of these classes that are offered as combined chair and/or mat formats to help increase mobility and ease physical tension and stress.

Chair Yoga

This class is offered in a variety of settings including Workplace Call Centers, Assisted Living and Community Centers to name a few. Practice can be gentle or dynamic including seated and standing poses.

Trama-Sensitive Yoga, Yoga4Cancer & Veterans Yoga Program

This practice is offered to support recovery, resilience and well-being.

***Hatha, Flow, Restorative, and Yin Yoga traditions are incorporated into practice as appropriate.

Location

The Light In The Dark Ashtanga Yoga studio is located at: 112 Montague Drive 29617. Please call me if you have questions: 207-432-1687 I would love to help in any way.

Light In The Dark Yoga Beaufort SC | About
light-in-the-dark-yoga-cindyCindy’s teaching is focused on the restorative aspects of yoga, meeting each student where they are regardless of experience or ability. She has been practicing yoga since high school, completed her initial teacher training at the Kusum Institute in 2014, and is currently working toward her 500-hour teaching certification. Cindy is continually inspired by her students and it is her hope that the practice is a doorway to inner peace, insight and balance.
Light In The Dark Yoga Beaufort SC | Philosophy

Philosophy

Our teaching is guided by safety, compassion and joy, and we are committed to providing accessible yoga and meditation classes to everyone with an interest in improved health. Current research indicates that yoga can reduce stress, help relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia, and improve overall physical fitness, strength and flexibility. There is truly a yoga practice for everyone. All that is needed is a place to begin.

“The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Light In The Dark Yoga Beaufort SC | Gratitude

Gratitude

My yoga journey began and continues with my mentor and teacher Penny Kusum Clum. Her guidance and inspiration have profoundly affected my life, and Light in the Dark Yoga is possible because of her encouragement. There are other countless individuals to thank for this gift of yoga. The following are just a few of the teachers who have made such a difference: Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Sherry Zak Morris and all of my students.

Please visit the Kusum Institute for additional information: http://www.kusuminstitute.com/

Latest Insight From The Beaufort Yoga Blog

Practicing Yoga in Beaufort, SC

I still cannot believe I have the good fortune to wake each day in Beaufort, South Carolina. Living in such a caring and thriving community and breathtaking landscape are uplifting. I gaze out on the Broad River at home, or the Downtown Marina in the yoga studio, and begin each practice with gratitude for the incomparable beauty out my window. There is a stillness manifest in a water view that needs little else to soothe and inspire my spirit. Yoga practice in Beaufort is a beautiful gift that I never knew I needed, and could not now imagine living without.

My First Yoga Class

Walking in to your first yoga class can be so intimidating, it was for me. When I found my yoga home, I somehow knew I had found the right place, but I was still apprehensive about my first class. What would I wear, did I need to go buy yoga pants? What about a mat? Where should I buy one, OMG, they come in all colors, shapes and sizes! Do I have to change my diet? What if I can’t do all of those pretzel-bendy poses? Maybe I’m too old to try this? I wanted to enter my first class like I knew what I was doing, even though I was attending a Beginner class, go figure. Well I dove in, bought a mat that did not break the bank and wore something that was probably not cool yoga pants; loose-fitting to camouflage my “middle age” imperfections. My teacher and mentor was so inspiring, telling us that yoga is not about any of these things; it’s a practice for peace, not perfection. She said so much more and I heard it all, but it remained cerebral for some time. I still worried I was not doing anything the ‘right’ way, including breathing. And I could not help comparing myself to other Beginners. Some time into my yoga journey I looked around one night during class, sneaking a peek at classmates in Downward Dog, and something shifted. I wasn’t thinking about the pose. I witnessed the grace and poise of our class without comparison. Sweating and panting, sitting and breathing, or falling out of a pose, we were there together finding our way toward something else, something quieter and without judgement. It was such a joy to finally just settle-in and let go. Tears fell that night on my bargain basement yoga mat that was already beginning to shed. And I thanked my lucky stars that yoga found me, with or without the right stuff.

Sangha

This Sanskrit word generally meaning community or assembly is such an important part of yoga practice. Sharing this experience with others changes us. The energy can add a new dimension to our personal exploration, and there is comfort in knowing we are not alone, we are together caring and supporting one another.
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
-Patanjali
When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
-Hatha Yoga Pradipika

I Knew I Found My Yoga Studio When…

I’ve dabbled with yoga since high school, first attempting to practice yoga in my bedroom with Richard Hittleman’s 28-Day Yoga book. On and off through the years I dropped in to one or the other studio, not quite finding what I was seeking in the combination of a physical and internal (meditative) practice. Ultimately, I found my yoga home in Saco, Maine at Saco River Yoga (now one location of the Kusum Institute). I knew when I entered the studio that something was different; there was a beautiful, peaceful, and welcoming energy present. And then I met studio owner and Instructor Penny Clum, and the rest is history. I fell in love with the Ashtanga Practice and the community practing together, beginning as a Beginner, and completing Teacher Training in 2014.

Beginner Attempting to be Perfect at Poses

When I first began taking Ashtanga classes I worked so hard trying to be the best poser ever (not really saying this out loud), but pushing myself to beyond my physical limit. You can probably guess the outcome-a very sore and injured body and ego. When I finally realized that this was sort of flying in the face of what yoga is all about, my yoga practice truly began. Sometimes it takes a bruise or two to turn the light on:)

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