Free Yoga classes offered
by Anne Hart Preus
Sep 03, 2014 | 1145 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar Countians take a yoga class on the Greenstrip in downtown Cleveland.
Bolivar Countians take a yoga class on the Greenstrip in downtown Cleveland.
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Parveen Chawla, certified Shivananda Yoga instructor, is offering free classes every other week on Saturdays beginning this Saturday.

Classes will be, weather permitting, on the Greenstrip in downtown Cleveland, near the Farmers' Market.

Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last for approximately one hour.

The class is for anybody on any level.

"Yoga is not a pretzel, and simple posture can be yoga," said Chawla. "You have to do yoga at your own level. We have an 85-year-old who works at her own pace."

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and a towel.

According to Chawla, Shivananda yoga was developed in the 1980s by a physician for the modern generation to reduce stress.

It is a combination of different techniques including breathing, stretching and relaxing.

Chawla started the practice of yoga after an accident which left her unable to do any activities. She was angry and depressed and could not walk even a mile.

Her doctor recommended anti-depressants but she wanted to see if yoga would work.

She went to India, took a class and became certified to teach. She practiced yoga for a year and found it helped more than a pill.

"Yoga increased my patience and realization that peace of mind comes from within. I learned breathing techniques have direct relationships to emotions," said Chawla.

Chawla offers a class at the Rodeway Inn on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. for a fee. Proceeds go to International Care for Children or the International Association for Human Values.

Susan Simpson has been practicing yoga with Chawla for three years and said Chawla encourages people not to be afraid and proceed at their own level.

"For me, yoga increased my ability to focus on any task and stay in the present moment," said Simpson.

"My motive in offering these classes is to let people know they have the power to get better health and to increase their own wellness, " said Chawla.

For more information, contact Chawla at 662-719-2436.