Yoga bares: Jodi Hurwitz connects the mind and body through breath and motion. Cool.

By Mitch Rustad

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

This beautiful statement best describes how Jodi Hurwitz, co-owner of Greenhouse Yoga in Great Barrington, MA defines happiness. “It’s our favorite quote and answers all the questions at once,” says Hurwitz, who owns the artful, innovative studio, which recently moved into a brand new, expanded space with fellow yoga instructor, Alex Cosgrove.

But she’s quick to add another essential element for happiness: “Acknowledging what you’re grateful for,” says Hurwitz, who weaves together creativity, humor, physicality and spirituality in her classes. “The act of leading a beautiful yoga class makes us happy and thankful. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as thinking ‘Who’s going to come into the studio today?’ ‘What can we offer them to bring them peace and relaxation?’”

Yoga is defined as union, the yoking of breath with body and mind. “A breath of fresh air can wake you up or calm you down, can change your mood and provide a mini vacation in your day,” Hurwitz says. “Coming together as a like-minded community to move expansively and regenerate energy allows us to become present in this exact moment.”

Hurwitz says she loves residing in Great Barrington because it offers “nature and art at its unfiltered finest, which gives us all a reason to pause and wonder.”

She also sees serving the local community as a sacred part of her work. “The path to happiness is to see joy and transformation in others,” she says. “At Greenhouse Yoga we serve with love. Every day we strive to bring our community together, keeping them connected to the practice. Our goal is to continue to create very good yoga for very good people.”

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