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Yoga: For anybody and any body

By Kyle Langhurst
On September 18, 2015

For those who are interested in exploring yoga, Kirkwood Community College offers free classes. 

Alissa King, Kirkwood yoga instructor, said there is no restriction and no athleticism required to participate in her free classes held twice a week in the Rec Center’s fitness room. “Yoga is for anyone willing to try something,” said King. 

King said she first became interested in yoga in 2008 when it helped her find a balance between her weightlifting and a way to “slow down.” She discussed how breathing and movement to prepare for meditation are all benefits of yoga. 

King said she earned her 200-hour certification this past summer in Costa Rica, and is currently working to gain her 500-hour certification. 

“The goal is to connect with your breath, lower stress, and increase sleep,” said King. 

Having attended two of King’s yoga classes, Liberal Arts student Makayla Schmidt said she feels “relaxed and chill” afterward. “It’s nice to set aside time to relax and get my mind off stressors,” said Schmidt. Schmidt added that there is no judgment in the class. “It is whatever your body can do,” she said.  

King explained that students will find the classes to be accessible for beginners, offering guidance, demonstrations and laughter. The class meets on Mondays from 5-5:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:15-6 p.m. in the Rec Center fitness room. 

Continuing Education is also offering a “Try on Yoga: A Sampler” class lead by King this November. The class meets Nov. 7, 14, 21 and Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. The cost is $59. Participants will be exposed to four different types of yoga throughout the four-week class, said King. Classes are held in the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, room 1204.

King said yoga mats are provided. Students should wear comfortable clothes to move around in.

“Yoga is for those who don’t think it’s for them,” King said. “It’s for everyone.” 

For more information about yoga and other fitness classes offered at Kirkwood, visit www.kirkwood.edu/reccenter. 

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