Saturday, January 27, 2007

Yoga, the artful way to exercise; National Yoga Day Sat, Jan 27

Sat, Jan 27: National Yoga Day
Originally uploaded by trudeau.
First-year students at Caddo Magnet High School - some 200 of them - have a reminder of National Yoga Day, which is Sat, Jan 27.

The students have a few sore muscles and a head full of inspiration in regards practicing yoga. Teachers Robert Trudeau and Pam Anderson invited yoga instructor Ken Womack to instruct their classes in the American version of Hatha Yoga. Womack, a business-owner and father of 2 teens, helped students see that yoga can be practiced for strength as well as for flexibility. He added a historic context to the exploration. The students favorite part? "I would have to say, 'Final Relaxation,' "said Tyler Jones.

If you'd like to learn more and meet several local yoga instructors, the Unitarian Universalist Church on Ellerbee Rd is having Yoga Day on Sat. from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Among the instructors: Judy Day, Larry Androes, Dorothy Kristi Hanna, Cheryl Babers Hagar, Susan Bayliss, Karon O'Bannon, Floriana Tullio and John Payne. I can particularly recommend Susan Bayliss and Cheryl Babers Hagar. They have been volunteer Yoga Day teachers for Caddo students in recent years. Also, Hagar has produced her own yoga practice CD. My recommendation would also go to Hanna, a dancer and Feldenkreiss therapist as well as yogini.

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