For the past 18 months, she has been the official yoga provider for the city of Milton, offering classes six days a week at Bethwell Community Center on Hopewell Road.
“I’ve been a Milton resident for 20 years now,” Saunders said. “I recognized that the city of Milton did not have a yoga program, so I approached [city officials] about setting that up and they were in agreement.”
Lift Yoga Therapy offers everything from gentle yoga to a challenging cardio style of yoga. There are classes for all levels of expertise, including kids and teens. The costs are typically about $10 to $15 per class.
“The classes are very welcoming, and the people that are at the center are very friendly,” Saunders said. “No matter if somebody is brand new or not, it’s a non-intimidating environment. We make the poses very simple to start.”
On Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m., Saunders offers a free community yoga class.
“We change the styles every Tuesday, so people can look on my Lift Yoga Therapy Facebook page to see what class is offered that Tuesday night,” she said.
In addition to the classes at Bethwell Community Center, Saunders teaches at Plum Tree Yoga on Canton Street in Roswell. Her team also does corporate yoga and teaches classes for private groups, including the Cambridge High School football team.
Saunders said Varsity Football Coach Craig Bennett approached the yoga studio a couple months ago.
“He watches the NFL teams and the Seattle Seahawks who won the Super Bowl, they use yoga on their team,” she said.
“So Coach Bennett knew that if great NFL teams use yoga as a tool to help them, then why not add this to [his] program. He’s got a real progressive attitude.”
Saunders has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and is also a psychotherapist. She was first introduced to yoga as a teen when her older sister bought her a book about different poses.
“I found that it helped me a lot to deal with stress, whether school related or socially with peers,” she said. “It just helped to maintain calm.”
Saunders said her favorite part about yoga is how strong and calm it makes her feel.
“People wonder how can you get both from one activity, but it truly does produce both aspects within one class,” she said.