Monday, September 19, 2011

Gentle Yoga for Healing

Tender Loving Yoga!!
Hey all! My good friend and colleague Kym Sevilla is starting a healing yoga class! Kim has years of experience in rehabilitative exercise and yoga and is a certified advanced health and fitness specialist and cancer exercise trainer.

Starting October 1, Kym is starting a Gentle Yoga for Healing class. This class is specifically targeted at individuals that do not feel that they can keep up with the fast pace of regular yoga classrooms. The class is intended to be very small- (maximum 6) and allows for lots of individual attention! Participants will practice yoga at a slow and intentional pace, paying attention to any particular health concerns. This class is for women only (although if you men have interest I’m sure you could write to her and get a class going!) If you are recovering from any surgical procedures, joint replacement, lymphedema, or chronic pain then this is the class for you!

Kym’s view is simple: No one should be left behind and not experience yoga’s amazing therapeutic value! This class will ensure that people feel safe and can work at their own pace. After all, yoga is about learning from one another and developing patience with ourselves and our bodies.

The class is offered on Saturdays at 10 am, and if there is enough interest Thursdays at 6 45. The first class is Saturday October 1. Classes are 75 minutes long and run in a six-week session.

There are numerous reasons why one should practice yoga, but one of the most common ones is because you become fitter, more energetic, and peaceful. In the age of stress that we all have become accustomed to, yoga allows your mind and body to relax and you allow yourself to enter an almost tranquil state, letting go of all worries, anxiety, and stress. Yoga stretches not only our alignment but all of the soft tissues in our body, including ligaments, tendons and the sheath that surrounds muscles.

Other Key Benefits Gained by Practicing Yoga:
o Strength and endurance
o Build upper body strength
o Increased flexibility and strength leads to better posture
o Develop core strength
o Lung capacity improves- due to the deep mindful breathing of yoga
o Less stress and more calm. Among yoga’s anti-stress benefits are biochemical responses including a decrease in catecholamines, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress.
o Weight normalizes
o Concentration, memory, depth perception, attention, sleep, steadiness, dexterity skills, reaction time improves

Everyone can do some form of yoga!! namaste, kelly

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