In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day marked

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Ge­or­gia Smith

In celebration of In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day on Thurs­day, June 21, stu­dents at Be­nalla’s Flex­i­ble Learn­ing Cen­tre at­tempted their best down­ward dog.

Yoga teacher Mark Blyss took the yoga class and said the stu­dents re­ally en­joyed the prac­tice.

‘‘Be­nalla’s re­ally tak­ing to yoga and there’s lots of peo­ple do­ing it now,’’ Mr Blyss said.

‘‘There’s more and more yoga teach­ers pop­ping up in Be­nalla, so the more teach­ers there are the more classes are be­ing taught and the more peo­ple are get­ting ex­posed to a way of life that looks af­ter your well­be­ing.’’

Mr Blyss was also ac­com­pa­nied by a Ti­betan Singing Bowl in his class with the stu­dents on Thurs­day, which was his forth class in Be­nalla for In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day.

The yoga teacher said there were many health ben­e­fits of adding yoga into your daily life.

‘‘It’s good for body health in all facets, it’s not just your mus­cu­lar, but also your in­ter­nal or­gans and joints,’’ Mr Blyss said.

‘‘In terms of men­tal health it’s also calm­ing and good for stress.

‘‘There’s yoga to suit ev­ery­one, so it’s not just about peo­ple that are fit and healthy.

‘‘That’s one thing I hear that peo­ple don’t do yoga be­cause they can’t touch their toes, well that just doesn’t count.

‘‘It’s an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of one’s ex­is­tence.’’

Mr Blyss said num­bers in yoga classes were boom­ing in Be­nalla.

‘‘All of my classes have a lot of peo­ple coming to them, so Be­nalla’s get­ting great ex­po­sure,’’ Mr Blyss said.

‘‘I also teach peo­ple who can’t get to a class or don’t have reg­u­lar move­ment, as well as all spec­trums of autism.’’

Yoga classes are run by Mr Blyss at the YMCA, Pri­mal Health Club and Stu­dio 65.

Stretch­ing: Stu­dents from the Flex­i­ble Learn­ing Cen­tre en­joy some yoga on In­ter­na­tional yoga day.

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