E. Barrie Kavasch, Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master, teaches Yoga on Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM. Come experience this gentle, systematic series of movements and meditations designed for your maximum health benefit. Relax, unwind, and regenerate your energies naturally, during an hour of yoga weekly. Enjoy hatha and pranayama yoga integrated with Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Ch’uan and feel the quiet difference of synchronizing breath with movement.

Exercise mats will be provided. There is a $10 fee per session and registration is necessary. Please sign up at the circulation desk or call the library at 927-3761.

Greetings Yoga Enthusiasts,

Please come join us each Saturday morning @ 8:30 in the comfortable reading room of the Kent Memorial Library for Hatha Yoga – gentle yoga stretches & postures & meditations geared to promote better balance & mind-body awareness.

10 Reasons to Celebrate Yoga

The 5,000-year-old practice and science of yoga serves to yoke the body, mind, & spirit together in more perfect balance. There are many styles & schools of yoga to fit our body fitness and life styles and stage of life. Stepping on to the yoga mat leads to better health and greater self-knowledge.

Better Breathing ~  taking slower, deeper breaths can help improve lung health & function, trigger the body’s relaxation response, & increase oxygen in the body. Proper breathing into each yoga stretch improves the exercise quality.

Flexibility ~  regular yoga routines help improve mobility & flexibility & reducing joint aches & pains, while improving the body’s range of movement. Perhaps we can’t all touch our toes in early yoga classes, but we can stretch muscles & release tensions, which often improves posture & physical movements.

Pain Relief ~  yoga practice can help reduce pain among cancer patients, as well as those who suffer with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, hypertension, auto-immune diseases, and other chronic pain conditions. Even emotional pain & depression can be relieved through regular yoga practice.

Increased Strength ~  yoga postures help build bone density through weight-bearing asanas, which temper large & small muscle groups in the body, strengthening you from head to toe.

Cardiovascular Conditioning ~  gentle yoga practice can lower the resting heart rate & increase endurance by improving oxygen uptake during exercise & toning the cardiovascular system.

Sharper Mind ~  yoga keeps us focused on the present moment opening us to greater concentration & coordination. This improves our reaction time & memory. Mindfulness practices can open new neural pathways in the brain, & strengthen the mind-body wellness & awareness of positive thinking.

Weight Management ~  yoga encourages healthy eating habits through greater body awareness & a heightened sense of well-being. Yoga helps to reduce cortisol in the bloodstream, burning calories & creating muscle mass.

Improved Circulation ~  yoga improves circulation in the body moving oxygenated blood to the cells more efficiently, which serves to flush internal organs & detoxify the body. Yoga also improves immune system function & improves digestion.

Inner Peace ~  the meditative aspects of yoga help practitioners feel more calm, centered, & empowered; they come to “know themselves better: inside & out” … many say this is what keeps bringing them back to regular yoga practice.

Stress Reduction ~  yoga encourages relaxation, which lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. This triggers a reduction in anxiety, depression, asthma, fatigue, & insomnia, & additional benefits include lower blood pressure & heart rate.

Come join us for regular yoga each Saturday morning; begin with a therapeutic ear massage ~ to awaken the body, especially the spine; then step onto the yoga mat, relax, & move at your own pace through the classic stretches & postures (asanas).