Yoga classes offered free to veterans and their families

Free Amrit Yoga classes are being offered now through the end of the year to all Afghanistan or Iraq veterans and their families. These classes are offered by Mimi Pribble Scott, certified Amrit yoga teacher, and are intended as a way to honor the service of the brave men and women who have served.

The classes are held at The Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the upstairs classroom. Each class includes a brief centering meditation at the beginning and at the end of class, as well as traditional yoga postures which enhance health and well-being. Instruction in yogic breathing called Pranayama is included.

Amrit Yoga is called The Posture of Consciousness by its founder and Scott’s teacher, Yogi Amrit Desai. All veterans and spouses are welcome regardless of whether they have ever practiced yoga. The benefits of yoga and meditation include a healthier and calmer body and mind, enhanced immune system, greater flexibility and strength both on the mat and off the mat. The yoga postures and breathing exercise every part of the body, muscles, joints, spine, organs, glands and nerves thus releasing tension and liberating energy to revitalize the body and mind, to clarify and bring calmness and improved concentration.

Yoga is particularly beneficial to counteract the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Veterans are encouraged to take advantage of this offer by contacting Mimi Scott at 564-0100 or ramamama2@gmail.com to register or for more information, or visit www.amrityoga.org/mimipribblescott.