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New yoga classes to be offered at center

By Staff | Dec 24, 2010

Harmony Healing Arts Center in Shepherdstown will begin three new yoga classes in the new year to address the needs of three unique population groups: beginners to yoga, adolescent girls and those who prefer a slow and extra-gentle approach to yoga, using the comfort of a chair.

A Beginning Yoga class will introduce students to the fascinating world of yoga, providing detailed instructions on correct breathing and yoga postures that alternately open the body, stretch and soothe and captivate the mind. The beginners’ class is Monday evenings, 7:15 to 8:15 beginning Jan. 3.

The “Yoga for Girlz” class will incorporate fun music and a lively practice for girls who are 10 to 14 years old. The instructor, a professional counselor, will use the tools of yoga to empower young girls to develop a healthier, stress-free sense of self. The girls’ class is Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 9.

For anybody who appreciates an opportunity to slow down and enjoy gentle movement and breathing, or for those with limited mobility or injuries, Extra Gentle Yoga will offer a safe and gentle approach to yoga poses, breathwork and meditation. All poses will be presented with the use of a chair to help optimize ease and comfort. Non-chair variations will be offered, as well. The Extra Gentle class will take place Friday mornings, 11 to 11:45 beginning Jan. 7.

For more information on these or other yoga classes or events at Harmony, please contact JiJi Beckett at 304-283-6188. Harmony’s website includes a full schedule of classes and events as well: www.ssyoga.org.

– From staff reports