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Yoga Now Relieves Stress In Keego Harbor, Michigan

By Paul Rowe

Yoga can enhance the body in several ways, but there are many different kinds of yoga classes. Every student has a different body with varying physical capabilities and limitations. Each and every individual comes to yoga class with a unique perspective, with their own needs, be it stress relief, chronic pain, or improved body and mind awareness. While some practice daily, others may practice weekly, and the benefits are different for everyone.

With that in mind, Keego Harbor's Yoga Now focuses on improving flexibility and concentration through yoga stretching and breathing exercises. Many poses practiced here strengthen core muscles, while others are weight-bearing, designed to increase strength and bone density. The kind of all-encompassing yoga practiced at frequent, varied levels incorporates all of this, resulting in stronger, more flexible bodies. Through well-rounded practice, yoga students at Yoga Now experience surprising health benefits.

"One of our students had a double-knee replacement last year," Yoga Now owner Arlene DeMassa said. "His doctors credited his yoga practice and flexibility with helping his rapid recovery, and the strength building in his upper body and core helped him maneuver much more easily in the weeks after his surgery."

Perhaps these unique recoveries have the atmosphere at Yoga Now to thank. Yoga Now is a small, intimate space, situated with a lovely water view. Classes are not overcrowded, so the instructor can guide and give personalized attention to the students.

"We offer several different types of classes with experienced instructors: you are sure to find more than one class to enjoy," DeMassa said. "The atmosphere is friendly and low-pressure."

People living in the region surrounding Keego Harbor seek remedies for various stressors. At Yoga Now, yoga students focus on breathing in and out to expel stress from both the body and mind.

"People under stress often need to get their breathing under control as a first step in reducing anxiety. By focusing on the breath, the heart rate slows, the blood pressure calms," DeMassa said. "Focusing on the breath also helps clear the mind. You do not need to be an expert at meditation to benefit from yoga, and it is not easy to clear the mind."

The physical aspects of yoga are also great stress relievers. Through stretching, yoga students build strength. When breathing through asanas or poses, students challenge the limits of their bodies. Many people carry stress in their neck or their back, resulting in pain. Through gentle yoga movements and breathing, the physical symptoms of the stress people carry are alleviated, one class at a time.

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