If you've ever wanted to try yoga, it's time to get out the mat.
“Whether you are a fitness fanatic or just starting a fitness program, yoga is for you,” says Martha Bates, a certified yoga instructor who teaches at Your Blue Store, our retail store in Warwick, Rhode Island. This mind-body exercise includes physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.
By practicing yoga, you can:
More than one hundred styles of yoga are practiced in the United States. Ask your doctor if there are any types that you should avoid. Then find a class taught by a certified instructor.
Martha says a typical yoga class consists of a warm-up, a work phase that includes flowing poses and deep stretches, a cool-down, and a final relaxation phase. Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a positive attitude. Martha explains, “Yoga classes are non-judgmental and non-competitive, there is no perfect pose—there is only ‘your’ pose.”
Free yoga and other fitness classes are available to Blue Cross members at Your Blue Store locations in Cranston, East Providence, Lincoln, and Warwick. To sign up for a class, visit Your Blue Store.
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