Giving thanks through yoga, benefit for Taos Feeds Taos

Shree Yoga offers a 'safe, nurturing environment'

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 11/20/18

For four years in a row Shree Yoga in Taos offers a 90-minute respite from the noise and haste of Thanksgiving Day festivities.On Thursday (Nov. 22) from 9:30-11 a.m., the local …

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Giving thanks through yoga, benefit for Taos Feeds Taos

Shree Yoga offers a 'safe, nurturing environment'


For four years in a row Shree Yoga in Taos offers a 90-minute respite from the noise and haste of Thanksgiving Day festivities.

On Thursday (Nov. 22) from 9:30-11 a.m., the local yoga studio known for its serene aesthetics and "safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment for people to gather and gain awareness through movement" is hosting a benefit for Taos Feeds Taos, a local organization which distributes holiday food baskets to local residents in need. The session is donation-based and oriented to get you into a peaceful state of mind or "shanti," which means tranquility or bliss in Sanskrit.

Local yoga instructor and Taos resident for over 40 years Sonya Luz Costanza will lead the Thanksgiving session. "It feels great to give back to our community by supporting Taos Feeds Taos, who does so much to provide meals for people who need a little extra help."

She said the emphasis of the class is "back care, which is a gentle, but energizing class taught with attention to the breath and precise alignment to maximize the therapeutic benefits of the practice. This class is appropriate for all levels."

According to Luz Costanza's website, she took a yogic path that led her to study in India with the renowned Ashtanga Vinyasa founder, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and later Annie Pace, one of Jois senior students. She later turned to Iyengar yoga to address congenital asymmetries. She studies Yoga for scoliosis with Elise B. Millerand and assisted her in teacher training courses at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco.

"I specialize in 'Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis' to help myself and others relieve pain and find ease living with scoliosis or other back issues. Through my extensive studies and yogic experience, I have developed 'Four Seasons Yoga,' which combines precision of alignment with deep, fluid breath and movement. 'Four Seasons Yoga' also uses Ayurvedic principles to balance the predominant dosha (Ayurvedic constitution) of each season. Into every practice I weave meditation and contemplation."

Her first yoga teacher, José Santos, encouraged her to share her dedication and love of yoga. Since 1996 she has been teaching group classes and private lessons in Taos and leading workshops in Central and South America. "It is my intention to present the practice in a peaceful and nonjudgmental way that helps one tap into their true essence," she said. "When we deepen our relationship to ourselves, we deepen our relationship to all living beings and our interconnection to the world we live in. Yoga is transformative, which can be uncomfortable, but most of all, yoga makes us feel good. When we feel good, it is easy to treat others with kindness and to be of service in the world."

Luz Costanza said this is a special event different from others on the schedule because" a community class at Shree means that anybody can come to a yoga class and pay any amount they are able, or wish to, and all the funds will be allocated to a nonprofit organization of the teacher's choice. Here, they will distribute the funds to Taos Feeds Taos."

She continued, "This is a fun way to start Thanksgiving Day, and it feels great to raise funds for such a worthy cause. It is usually a full class and a festive atmosphere. It is a celebration of of the abundance we share, a circle of reciprocity and a giving of thanks for the opportunity to practice yoga together."

Shree Yoga is at 112 Camino de la Placita, off its intersection with Ledoux Street and about a block south of Taos Plaza. Call (575) 758-8014 or email

Taos Feeds Taos is a nonprofit corporation in its 33rd year that distributes food baskets to over 1,100 needy Taos County families during the holiday season. It is always looking for volunteers to help fill boxes and donations of nonperishable foods and for cash donations to purchase hams, fruits and vegetables. Supporters can also donate online or mail monetary donations to Taos Feeds Taos, P.O. Box 234 Taos 87571.

Cash donations may also be dropped off at local Taos banks. Because local markets have all offered low prices for bulk food orders, your dollars go a long way to feed Taos families in need. For more information, contact its administrative offices


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