classes are offered
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics are offering a series of five Yoga classes on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 beginning April 20 and ending May 18. Classes will be held in the Cottonwood Community Center. They are open to the public and interested participants do not have to attend all sessions. If there is sufficient interest the classes will resume in the fall. No registration is necessary.
Sue Lattin, Registered Yoga Teacher, will be the instructor. Her training included a 280 hour program in Yoga Motion Teacher Training. She has over 60 hours experience in teaching yoga. Lattin’s training in massage included courses in anatomy, physiology, ethics, trigger points, joint mobility, orthopedic assessments, remedial exercise, nutrition and kinesiology. She currently teaches yoga in Grangeville.
“Yoga is appropriate for almost everyone regardless of their age, ability, physical condition or gender. When people think of yoga they sometimes imagine stretching like a gymnast, but the series of yoga poses, or asanas, work by safely stretching muscles, ligaments, tendons and the fascia sheath that covers your muscles,” said Lattin. “Regardless of a person’s level of flexibility the poses can be adapted to fit their own body.” Lattin is on the staff of SMHC and serves as the massage therapist at the Grangeville Medical Clinic.
“Yoga can be very beneficial for a person’s overall health and wellness. The various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and can lead to better overall health,” said Dr. Jeremy Ostrander, SMHC family practice physician. “There is growing evidence to suggest that yoga works to enhance stress-coping mechanisms and mind-body awareness. Unless there was a compelling health reason not to participate I would encourage people to give yoga a try.”
Close to 11 million Americans practice yoga which has been around for more than 5,000 years. According to a Mayo Clinic online article, it is known to increase strength and endurance; improve posture, increase lung capacity, decrease stress, increase concentration and boost immune system function.
The first session on April 20th is free. $28 will be charged for the remaining 4 classes or $10 per class drop in fee. Checks or cash will be accepted before each session. For information about the series of classes call the Cottonwood Medical Clinic, 962-3267. For questions about yoga leave a message for Sue Lattin, Grangeville Medical Clinic, 983-6027.