Yoga Appreciation/Awareness
Day at Placid Lake Free Class

February 1, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

On Thursday, February 8th, Eileen Watson will hold a free yoga class followed by a free lunch (yes there still is such a thing as a free lunch) at Placid Lake. The class will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Triepke cabin, then we'll all head to the Burgess/Watson cabin around noon for a simple, healthy lunch. Eileen would like to show her appreciation for all of her students, past, present and future, so all are welcome. Even if you have only tried yoga once or twice, or are not even sure what exactly it is, this class is for you.

Yoga means "union" - the union of the physical, mental and spiritual elements of life. The yoga poses that we do were created in India many centuries ago as part of a system of religious philosophy. According to B.K.S. Iyengar in his book "Light on Yoga," "It is the true union of our will with the will of God." However, the poses can be used as a straightforward form of exercise, not connected with mysticism or esoteric religions, if one so chooses.

The benefits to be gained by doing yoga regularly are many. The poses are designed to encourage a state of mental and physical well-being, or good health. Not only does one become more flexible in the body, but also in the mind. The gentle stretching, bending and twisting movements also help to massage and stimulate the glands and organs, and improve circulation. By focusing on the poses and the steady rhythmic breathing, you will also notice in your daily lives improved concentration, more balanced emotions, a healthier outlook on life, and a feeling of calm. You may also discover a previously untapped source of boundless energy, which can be tapped into at will (with regular practice). Other benefits may include not only feeling, but looking younger, better posture, and weight loss.

As you can see, yoga is "good medicine," but as with any form of exercise, it is not for everyone. If this article has piqued your interest at all, then feel welcome to join us for an interesting day. Men and women of all ages do yoga, and in these stressful times we find ourselves in, we could all benefit from an enhanced state of well-being.

For more information, to reserve your spot, or for directions, please call Eileen at 677-2350. For those who have to work until 5:00 p.m., another class could be held at 5:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

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