My first noticeable physical effect of doing yoga was increased flexibility and range of motion in joints. When I first started with the forward bend, my hands were level with my knees – my back was very inflexible. Now, my hands are fully on the floor, my forehead is at my knee level. My goal is to touch my forehead to my knees. Yoga practice has increased my strength because the postures use my own weight to resist itself in balance poses. Yoga has toned my muscles, so I wear my clothes better.

Mentally, yoga practice has resulted in a more positive attitude in handling whatever life throws at me. I am especially grateful for the yoga classes during the long winter months when the sun rises at 8:00 AM and sets by 4:30 PM. Sadness and depression can get an easy grip during these dark months. Doing yoga then is what I need to pick me up, cheer me up mentally. My body seems to thank me for the activity.

Deb and Sarah, the instructors who have helped me, are experts in anatomy and physiology. They know which muscle groups are engaged in each posture. They tailor each class to students’ ability. They explain variations of the posture, so each student can adjust to their experience and comfort. There is no “competition” or judgment in the classes. Each does their own practice according to their ability and progress from there. The contraindications are explained for each posture, so if one has high blood pressure or is pregnant, a variation is given. The students are supportive of each other and welcome newcomers.

I have attended yoga classes in various studio, gym and ashram settings, finding Deb and Sarah among the best. These ladies are gems. We are fortunate to have this precious facility in our community fostering our growth physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

So – buy a mat, or use theirs. All the yoga props are available for use. Come, join in. We even receive a “thought for the day”, an inspirational phrase for us to ponder as we put on our shoes and re-enter the world out there!