Yoga by the Dams, sponsored by SheActive Boutique, is held every summer Saturday at 9am. Every class is donation-based and open to all abilities. Each week is lead by a different instructor, benefitting a different local organization. The photos are from Family Yoga by the Dams, led by Tamara Reaume and benefiting Kids’ Food Basket, Saturday, June 27. The event raised $120 which will provide 120 meals for Kent County children. Please feel free to call with any questions or clarifications, 874.9936.
Growing numbers of us suffer from depression and search for a way to deal with it. Veteran yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub, author of the book “Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga” (Broadway Books, 2004), will lead a workshop on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, May 20-22 at Expressions of Grace Yoga, Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Weintraub will show how yoga practice can reverse depression, which will be the second biggest world killer by the year 2020, according to the World Health Organization. The workshop will include yogic breathing techniques, guided meditations, tools for managing mood from visualization to toning, and easy yoga postures that are suitable for all levels of practitioners. Weintraub was once an award-winning television producer, suffering from a depression so severe she was cognitively impaired. “I couldn’t put two shoes in a shoe box or fold a folding chair. Once, instead of sending the amount on the invoice I was paying for my health insurance, I sent the entire balance of my checking account.” That changed in 1989 when she began a daily yoga practice. Within nine months, Weintraub was able to withdraw from the antidepressant medication that her psychiatrist had said she would likely need for the rest of her life. Weintraub is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, is a consultant to Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and writes frequently on mental health and yoga for national magazines. For more information about this workshop, please visit expressionsofgraceyoga.com or call (616) 361-8580. Registration Details: • LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood: Clearing the Space—Friday evening, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. • LifeForce Yoga to Get You off the Couch!—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. • LifeForce Yoga to Meet Anxiety—Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • LifeForce Yoga for Yoga Teachers, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals—Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Workshop Pricing and Options: • Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday morning—$230 (11 hours) • Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday—$265 (14 hours/teachers and therapists) • Friday night only—$45 • Please call for other workshop options and combinations.
by DR. JORGE RODRIGUEZ, Ph.D. Doctor in health & physical education Personal trainer/owner Many people are unrolling their yoga mats and polishing their poses to find flexibility and sanity amid the financial chaos. Last month I read an article from New York news that said fitness experts say gym memberships are holding steady or rising and yoga classes are thriving. What I really think is that a yoga practice becomes a refuge from the negativity of an economic recession, and the studio kind of becomes the sanctuary. Yoga uses movement and postures to strengthen the body and breathing techniques and meditation to quiet the mind. People who take yoga class, “take a break” from whatever else may be going on in their lives. And at the very most, a practice can become a transformational experience that reenergizes and rejuvenates you. These days, especially when faced with any crisis, devotees are eager to cite the tranquility they have found by regularly participating in yoga. Often, people get hurt because they assume that yoga is simple and that anybody can pretzel himself or herself on demand. At the same time, others see yoga as a practice originally conceived to help people achieve inner peace and tranquility, as a way to get a vigorous workout. More than five times as many people take yoga classes at health clubs today as did a decade ago, and enthusiasts have devised all kinds of variations found appalling to purists: hip-hop yoga, disco yoga, power yoga, not to mention other different controversial yoga branches. When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is it’s never too late to improve flexibility. The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. Yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see […]