Interested in trying out a yoga class in Denver? The Denver Public Library at Ross-Cherry Creek Branch is offering a free introductory yoga class on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10 a.m. All they ask is that you B.Y.O.M. (Bring Your Own Mat).
For those who are curious about yoga but are not ready to commit to a class yet, this is the perfect opportunity in Denver to experience a structured class and learn about the benefits that yoga has to offer. Yoga is a Sanskrit term meaning “to control” or “to unite,” referring to traditional and mental disciplines originating from India. It is associated with meditation and there are many different schools of yoga.
Basically, Denver yoga seeks to attain a balance between the physical, mental and spiritual. Many people live unbalanced lives in those three categories, which in turn affects their health and well-being. Practicing yoga helps people to open up parts of their bodies that are often closed or not expressed. For example, many people work in front of computers where they develop a hunched posture that closes up their chest region. Yoga teaches people to attain a better posture and open up the chest for better flow of chi energy. Other popular areas that require opening exercises are the hips and the back.
Many people also tend to work only one side of their body more than the other leading to an imbalance. Yoga focuses on controlled breathing and strength building of specific body parts, always on both sides of the body.
There are many health and mental benefits of practicing yoga in Denver. Yogis tend to improve in flexibility, strength, posture, breathing, less stress, sharper senses and better concentration. The many heart benefits of yoga include lower blood pressure, slower heart rate and relief from chronic conditions such as asthma, back pain, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Some claim that it also helps with marriages and relationships.
Come by tomorrow for your first free yoga class in Denver or check out local classes taught at recreation centers, yoga centers or even fitness centers.