Ashe County residents looking to fight off the effects of holiday sweets now have the opportunity to join a number of different groups focusing on yoga, dance and other alternative forms of exercise.
“There are all kinds of physical benefits to the stretching and strengthening done during yoga,” Julie Smith, owner of Appalachian Therapeutic Massage and Yoga said, “As well as stress reduction and a sense of well being.”
Smith, who runs classes in Jefferson said that one of the draws to doing yoga is the accessibility.
“It can be adapted to anyone. Anyone who wants to do yoga can do yoga,” Smith said
She describes the combination of breath, focus and movement of yoga as “a powerful tool for addressing physical and emotional issues.”
Jade Mangonetti, owner of Bee Natural Salon in Lansing, has added onto the organic and chemical free beauty services offered at her salon to include classes in nia, a dance-based workout and tai chi, which the Mayo Clinic defines as “noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.”
Nia technique is taught at Bee Natural by Julie Melton, who said that the dance technique can not only reduce stress, but it can “connect body, mind and spirit.”
Morgan Price of Lansing who attends nia classes taught by Melton describes the technique as “the joy of movement; joy for my mind, body, heart and soul” and said, “Julie is uplifting. The euphoria from each class keeps me coming back for more.”
Mangonetti wants to offer her customers a number of ways to get healthy naturally.
“Tai chi brings your body into balance and helps you focus,” Mangonetti said, “It’s a healthy way for people of all ages and ability levels to get their bodies aligned and balanced.”
Sybil Harmon, who teaches tai chi at Bee Natural Salon also holds classes at the Ashe County Public Library as a part of its “Bring balance to your life” project.
The Library will enter 2014 with a renewed focus on all facets of wellness, first focusing on physical wellness. It is inviting its patrons to get in shape by walking and talking as part of the Ashe Wellness Circle Book Club.
Suzanne Moore, county librarian said that the club will meet on the second Tuesday of each month for a presentation, before a walk around the path adjacent to the library while discussing books.
The first speaker Paul Hoover, certified trainer from Little’s Gym specializing in fitness for seniors, will be at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Ashe Wellness Circle Book Club.
Information on yoga with Julie Smith can be found at www.ashemassageandyoga.com and Bee Natural Organic Salon can be reached at (336) 384-3007.
Information on the Ashe Wellness Circle Book Club and other wellness events at the library can be found at www.ashelibrary.com.