If going out to yoga class feels nearly impossible, North Reading resident and yoga teacher Sandy Griffin has an appealing – and affordable – offer: Gather 10 yogis at the same time, in the same room, and she will come to you.
Griffin, who is certified through Pathways Yoga, teaches at Liv Yoga on Bow Street and will be teaching at a new local studio that will replace All You Knead. Her Girls Night In Yoga Parties cost $100 for up to 10 people, and $10 per each additional participant. She describes Pathways as a gentle practice employing stretching and strengthening postures that don’t strain the body.
The mother of four spent years at home with the kids who are now aged between eight and 27. Before having children, she worked as a retail manager. Two things inspired her to teach: pregnancy and dealing with cancer.
“When I was pregnant with my fourth child I started taking pre-natal yoga to help with labor and delivery,” said Griffin. “Then I got thyroid cancer and my yoga really helped me through it.”
The idea of Girls Night In Yoga Parties came from the Tupperware-like businesses model. She said in-house retail parties like these inspired her to offer moms something different.
“It was just an idea that I had to get the mom’s together to get fit and not force them to spend $100 on something they may not use,” Griffin said. “I love teaching. I love what it gives to me, as well as what it gives to other people. I feel at home when I’m teaching.”