By JAKE DAVIDSON
Yoga can be good for the body and the mind, good for your life and for your soul. If you’re feeling tired or stressed you should give it a try.
A demonstration by Veronika Grafinger, a yoga instructor at the Cambridge YMCA, was held on Jan. 7 at the Cambridge Library, in the foyer.
“This is the time of year when we’re taking a look at our bodies and maybe making some changes but wanting to take a look at our mind as well,” said Karen Murray-Hopf, the future cultural programs and special events planner for the Cambridge Library, when asked why the library was holding the demonstration. “The YMCA is not only an amazing place to work on your body but to work on your mind as well and we want people to be aware of that.”
Yoga unites the mind, the body and the spirit. Instructors believe that if the mind and body are united and that given the right tools and taken to the right environment, the body can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga is a science that has been practised for thousands of years and originated in India. It consists of ancient theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine.
There is research being conducted into the overall health benefits of yoga. Those who participate find it helps them relax even when under stress, it decreases their cholesterol, lowers their blood pressure, makes them more flexible and helps them feel more fit.
“It’s just good for everyone and anything,” said Grafinger.
For more information contact your local YMCA.