Welcome to Hope's Yoga and Functional Fitness Studio! This studio is for those looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the body and how it is really designed to move, with instruction focused on functional mechanics and functional anatomy with a side-effect of inspirational coaching and instruction to help students round out a truly inspiring and life changing practice both on and off the mat.
The classes themselves are taught exactly as Hope would teach-live in-person. And as you will notice some are shot during Hope’s live studio classes for you to enjoy.
These classes were recorded in Hope's studio, her home studio, and on location, using various recording devices produced and edited minimally, if you are in search of a polished perfect video then check out one of her professionally crafted DVD’s.
During each video background noises, may occur, and Hope may move out of the frame occasionally, and depending on where Hope is shooting (she sets this all up herself to get videos to you quickly) lighting may be dim, but audio is always clear and the video itself is always easily viewable.
Nevertheless, as you would expect, the classes are excellent, with spot on instruction and detailed description on what to do and what to feel. Keeping the production value low means these classes and others can be quickly and easily accessible to you.
What is Hope’s Approach To Teaching (Online)?
Many enjoy Hope’s teachings because her approach is fresh, functional and questions the same-ole flow and moves that many may simply not be able to do for various reason. Hope breaks down poses, flow and exercises and asks both herself and her students “what is this pose trying to do for us”. And when one cannot yet achieve that pose, she simply redirects to a pose that gives the same results.
Hope’s focus on functional framework is much needed in the yoga and fitness communities-without a good foundation and understanding of a starting ground of where our bodies should be, results may vary or be out of reach due to poor mechanics.
Hope’s mission is simple: Helping Others Purposefully Excel using the three B’s: Breathe – Body – Believe.
It’s through these three B’s and her newest offering the online yoga and functional fitness studio that she can educate and guide willing individuals towards an all over better on and off the mat experience through guided educated breath technique, proper body mechanics using yoga, functional exercises based on real life movements and detailed step by step core work to help students truly feel their core-some for the first time ever!
In addition, part of Hope’s mission on the mat is to debunk the teacher to student blind sayings of “that’s normal”, “it will get better with time”, or “your just not strong/flexible enough yet for that pose”.
It’s time for classes that honor the body and “teach” people how to move better on the mat and thus guide them towards a better off the mat body and daily movement experience.
What Kind Of Classes Are In Hope’s Online Yoga Studio?
All kinds, such as: various yoga styles such as: hatha, yin (fascial release), yoga strength, iron flow yoga (yoga with weights), vinyasa, and Hope’s own unique approach to Sun Salutations.
In addition to yoga you will see classes using the foam roller, Dr. Cohen’s acuBalls, Gliders (discs), weights, yoga straps, mini ball, large Swiss ball, blankets and the wall. Hope LOVES props and has a passion for educating students on how to use them in a way to enhance the pose!
And Hope’s signature method Core Functional Fitness by Hope Zvara has designated classes dedicated towards her functional approach to movement, how to effectively use the core as well as this method is woven into every class she teaches as this is the foundation of her approach to yoga and fitness.
How Long Are The Classes?
Classes range from 1 minute (yes, I said one minute)– 90 minutes, giving its viewers a wide range of videos to choose from for any amount of time they can spare! You will see times to meet all schedules: 1, 5, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, 45 and so on. She gets it, you’re busy and she doesn’t want your practice to suffer.
Who Can Participate In These Online Classes?
Anyone! Yes, really-anyone! Hope’s classes are non-intimidating, soul nurturing, and fun! Don’t be fooled, because her approach challenges you to use the right muscles for the movement, you will notice a level of challenge in all her classes. But this is different than challenge elsewhere because now you are using the right body parts, you are re-educating your body, and writing a new road-map to your bodies health and well-being.
What “Level” are the classes?
Most of Hope’s classes are assessing various stages of the students, and because Hope stresses a teaching style that guides students towards exactly what they should be feeling and have their bodies it easily becomes a self-guided practice- and an empowering one at that!
But if you are a student where you enjoy a listed level, many are designated as “Beginner”, “All Levels”, or “Intermediate-Advance”. But beware, because Hope stresses so intently on form and function over fast and furious each video will be challenging because she is asking you to use the right muscles, maybe for the first time ever! But when in doubt, less is more. Hope will often encourage students to only perform a movement until they can no longer do it with the right muscles and right form. You too should take that approach in all that you do!
Why Can’t I Just Practice With Hope On YouTube For FREE?
Here’s the thing, Hope’s time is limited and as she moves forward on her path helping people, she is focusing in on those who truly have a passion of working with her, see value in her teachings, and offerings, and believe in her mission. Now, don’t be sad, she will still have plenty of free stuff floating around, but as for her YouTube channel, it is currently on vacation J.
How Many New Videos Will Be Released Monthly?
On the 15th of each month Hope will release new videos into her online studio!
Hope’s online yoga and fitness studio opens with 30 videos to get its students well on their path to success.
And after that, six to seven videos varying in length, will be released each month. If you have a request, let her know, the videos she shoots and uploads here are for you-the student. If you have an ache, pain or request, we want to hear about it (nicely please).
What kinds of videos are released?
As stated above the length of times will vary depending. But because Hope is dedicated to her subscribers and students she has created a unique feature where quarterly students will have the ability to tell Hope what they want more of, giving you, the student the ability to uniquely control the content that is released into the online studio.
How long does the monthly subscription run for?
Each month you are billed on the same day you signed up each month following.
Example: Sally signed up on September 21st, her next month will begin with auto renew and payment on October 21st.
How can I cancel my monthly subscription?
You can cancel at any time during the month. Your access to the videos will continue until the current month you are enrolled in is complete.
Can I share my membership with a friend?
This online studio is one membership per person, per household. Due to the nature of this type of service and understanding that each person is different, has different needs, and a different health status. It is recommended that each person enroll separate to ensure that each member of the online studio is agreeing to and taking full responsibility for her or his own health for themselves.
How can I ask questions during the videos about modifications or variations of the postures being shown?
Due to the nature of this offering we are unable to assist with individual adjustments and modifications to poses or exercises shown through these videos. Hope does an amazing job of explaining, demonstrating and offering variations when available. To schedule a private session please email her or her staff.
What is monthly group coaching?
PLEASE NOTE THAT MONTHLY GROUP COACHING WILL RESUME SEPTEMBER 2018!
Monthly group coaching is a unique feature Hope offers through her online yoga and functional fitness studio that allows her dedicated students who are part of the online studio ask questions about the videos, classes, and anything pertaining to their practice. This is a 30-40 minute group style coaching, so all questions may not be answered, depending on the amount of students present during the coaching video call. There is no extra charge for this feature of the online studio.
A Message From Hope:
“I want everyone to feel what I do on the mat, and this online yoga and functional fitness studio has allowed me to do that for you. I want to encourage you to give my studio a try, I know you will love what you see and feel”.
It’s been a roller coaster of a ride up to this point, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.
For years, my parents tried to get me healthy with what seemed to be little success. Ashamed I found myself yo-yoing through a plethora of eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Deeply broken, I thought I’d never be good enough for anything.
But in 2001 at the suggestion of a caring soul, I found yoga.
My yoga mat became a weekly ritual of second chances, and those second chances eventually led me to a yoga teacher training. Yoga became a platform for me to help others and at the same time help myself.
Continuing to climb the walls of recovery, in 2006, I opened a yoga studio, married my high school sweetheart, and to our surprise, go pregnant.
But at 29 weeks pregnant we got news no new parent should ever hear, “I’m sorry, but your baby isn’t going to make it”.
And on May 23rd 2007 our tiny two pound daughter Faith was born into this world, and just 20 minutes later, died in my arms.
As others waited cautiously for me to relapse, I did the exact opposite. I took my grief to the mat, and it was there that I realized that through death, I was given the opportunity for life.
I believe my daughter did a brave thing and gave me the opportunity to forge on fully into recovery, the motivation to continue to heal my body, and the strength to heal myself and others.
Learning the value of the breath, and how to breath, became a life line for me as well as my students. And considering the average person takes 21,000-24,000 breaths a day, I’d say breathing is pretty important.
The yoga I know became a doorway for me to learn to live in my body again.
Learning how to be in my body became a critical step for my recovery, and relearning how to listen in closely because the body is the soul’s last attempt to get us to listen. And I desperately needed to start listening again. What other option did I have, it was learn to feel, and get uncomfortable on my mat at the hope to feel more comfortable in my own skin again-or die.
And finally, taming the mind, realizing that I am not my thoughts, and it starts with one simple thought- believing I am worth it.
It was through this process that I realized I wasn’t the only one not living in my body.
Fast forward to today, I’ve spent the last fifteen years studying, practicing, teaching and experiencing the breath, body and belief system (mind) so I can better help others. Filling my tool box for life with aspects of yoga, philosophy, spiritual studies, the mind, the science of the breath and body, functional (healthy movement and a safe way of looking at the human body) anatomy, a deep understanding of the importance of the core and how to integrate this all into our lives every single day. And a deep insight of what it truly means to live, love and have a life worth living.
I’ve filled in the gaps, and only teach what I have tried and practiced myself and found to be successful. And it is because of this that created the HOPE Process: Helping Others Purposefully Excel, using the three B’s: Breath, Body, Belief.
It’s these three B’s that I base my lifestyle and teaching’s on. How we breathe, how we move (or don’t move) and what our belief system (mindset) are at all determine our happiness, well-being, and how we see the world.
I believe that there is purpose for all of us in this life or we wouldn’t be here. Let’s not take another moment for granted and step into a life worth living!