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Strengthen your body

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Calm the mind

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Enhance your health

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Improve mobility

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Balance your emotions

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Be flexible

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Awaken the body

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Practice joy

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Open your heart

Please welcome our newest One Center instructor, Lydia Michaels, a certified yoga therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute.

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New Classes with Lydia

Gentle Adaptive Yoga (Viniyoga) – Begins Monday October 3 – 12-1:30pm

This class provides education on anatomy and physiology along with instructions for adapting movements and postures for your individual needs. The teachings are gentle yet challenging, and are based on breath-centered movement. Some pranayama and meditation will be introduced as needed.  This class is appropriate for students with a history of injury or joint pain, including low back, hips, neck and shoulders.

Yoga for Heart Disease & other chronic conditions – Begins Thursday October 6, 4-5pm

This class focuses on stress management, and offers support and education for managing chronic diseases including heart disease, type II diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome.  The teachings for this class are based on the stress management techniques developed for Dean Ornish’s program for reversing heart disease, along with other established therapeutic yoga approaches.

More about Lydia:

After many years as a dancer, Lydia began teaching yoga, drawn to its precise focus on anatomy and movement; later she was captivated by its rich history and spiritual teachings. Her background in counseling led her to become certified in yoga therapy—a practical, embodied way of addressing pain and dysfunction at every level of being.

“Through the years, I have found that a personal yoga practice is the center of self-communion and self-regulation. True healing happens in sacred communion with your self, and from there, with everything around you. A conscious yoga practice can help you reflect on what is working in your life and what needs refinement or correction. The trained eye of a teacher can offer helpful feedback, and the two should work together to create a supportive dynamic for a more conscious, peaceful life.”

Lydia has over 8 years of teaching experience and 1,200 hours of advanced training. Her wealth of knowledge is the foundation for her work, while the yoga teachings continually unfold in the present moment—connected, intuitive, deeply spiritual, yet practical and relevant.