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freedOM Yoga Studio: Loring Nagle

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]oring Nagle, a local Somerset County homeowner finds Somerville to be a friendly, centrally located town and the perfect spot for her first studio, freedOM Yoga Studio. Her ongoing business, Traveling Yoga Roadshow, continues providing yoga in various central New Jersey towns.

Yoga first captured Loring’s attention 16 years ago as a positive balance to weight lifting and kickboxing. Soon the asanas (poses), breathing (pranayama) and meditation practice convinced her body, breath and mind there was no other way to be. The practice as a whole gave her a great sense of peace.

Her drive to learn more led her to study with Srivatsa Ramaswami at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and recently she ventured to London to study under his tutelage. She has also completed the 500 hour certification through DIG Yoga in Lambertville. Working with children and folks with special needs is near and dear to her heart. Loring, a certified Reiki Master, is also a certified and registered adult and children’s yoga teacher who enjoys working with all age ranges and levels, gentle through advanced, including those with ADHD, autism or those who are differently abled.

Loring sees children as natural yogins who instinctively move through poses while singing and playing. Growing bodies and developing minds practice yoga creatively with animated poses that promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing games and yoga stories allow young yogins to focus, relax and develop self-control. Interactive games and spirited postures encourage children to study animals, nature and basic anatomy. Studies have shown the practice of yoga improves concentration, stimulates imagination and releases energy. Yoga for young people celebrates inner and outer strength, confidence, respect for all beings and love of one’s self.

The studio also encourages families to release struggles and welcome joy with a little help from yoga. “When you take good care of yourself, you are better able to enjoy the process of giving and nurturing,” states Loring. “Little ones are known to greet newness with a smile rather than with resistance, so bringing your children to a fun-filled family yoga class can be the perfect way to break into a yoga routine.“

In addition to yoga, the studio offers Reiki, a vibrational form of natural healing using Universal Life Energy done by a trained Reiki practitioner. Reiki does not claim to heal any illness but rather to help the recipient to receive the energy from which their body can benefit as it is able. After a Reiki session folks share they feel lighter, rested and energized. Reiki has been noted to work well with medical treatments as seen in some local hospitals of late.

Research continues to support the benefits a yoga practice has on the human being. Increasingly, people from various professions and walks of life (such as football players, corporate workers and veterans) are turning to yoga for injury prevention and stress management. Yoga has even shown helpful in the treatment of PTSD and other disorders.

When asked why one should try yoga, Loring shares, “Yoga is user friendly. You do not have to be flexible to practice. The practice of yoga invites you to become flexible in body and mind.”

freedOM Yoga summer classes include Summer Family Yoga, Teen Tuesdays and Little Yogins. See our calendar section or visit for details.

Location: freedOM Yoga Studio, 34 W. Main Street, Suite 353, Somerville. For more information call 908-334-7286 or email [email protected] or visit freedom– 

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