Fitness programming at the Wellness Center provides individuals with the opportunity to connect with their bodies.
August 28, 2019
On Saturday, July 10th, visitors at the Wellness Center say “Namaste” as they finished up an hour-long yoga session. Yoga is the newest physical activity here at the Wellness Center, promoting physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These goals are achieved through focusing on breathing methods, mental focus, and postures called “asanas”.
Autumn, the Yoga instructor, started off the session with the participants in Balasana or “Child’s pose” on their mats, encouraging deep breathing as she put on slow, soothing music to set the tone of the class. With students ranging from age 28 to 82, many of them beginners, Autumn showed the class step by step each of the asanas with alternative variations for challenging poses. Many of these poses were low impact, slow movements that focused on breathing, balance, flexibility and being present.
Dr. Nevins, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor explains, “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration,” these benefits help to relieve stress that is another deterrent of health.
“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”
Christina, one of the participants, after class says that she enjoys doing yoga as it allows her to quiet her mind and be in the moment with her breath. She says, “Being in tuned with my body, breathing, feeling grounded as I balance against gravity” to describe how she felt in the moment. Being present is one of the many benefits that come with yoga.
Other physical benefits of yoga include:
increased muscle strength and tone
improved respiration, energy and vitality
maintaining a balanced metabolism
cardio and circulatory health
improved athletic performance
protection from injury
After the class, many of the participants were eager to find out the future dates for yoga sessions at the Wellness Center. One participant that lived nearby expressed the importance of having these classes offered in the community.
Stay tuned for our fall exercise schedule of classes.