Yoga lessons make come­back

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

YOGA: Classes started last week in Monto and are held every Thurs­day at the Land­care build­ing on Kelvin Street

There will be two ses­sions a day, one at 9am and one at 5.30pm.

Yoga teacher Carly Burn­ham said she wanted to bring the joy of yoga to the com­mu­nity.

“Our lives are busy, it’s very hard to fit in ex­er­cise and times for our­selves,” Mrs Burn­ham said.

A few years ago yoga classes were held reg­u­larly in Monto, where Mrs Burn­ham, a qual­i­fied kids’ yoga in­struc­tor, often as­sisted.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous in­struc­tor, Judy Mox­ham-Price, from Biloela, broke her hand, and was un­able to travel, classes were post­poned for two and a half years.

“The mean­ing of yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit,” Mrs Burn­ham said.

“The first les­son was about aware­ness of our body, and what it was the in­di­vid­ual needed for the prac­tice. There’s tech­ni­cal things that need at­tend­ing to, such as what phys­i­cal el­e­ments of our body are go­ing to be stretch­ing.”

It’s off to a promis­ing start al­ready, with 13 peo­ple at­tend­ing for the first day.

With vary­ing needs and pos­tures among the at­ten­dees, the classes have to be tai­lored to keep them ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

Part of the strat­egy in­volves giv­ing peo­ple op­tions; Mrs Burn­ham will nor­mally give mul­ti­ple po­si­tions for peo­ple to chose de­pend­ing on what works, usu­ally a lower pos­ture and a higher one.

“If peo­ple are nus­ring any in­juries or con­di­tions, they can avoid that dis­com­fort and go gen­tle,” Mrs Burn­ham said.

Ma­ree and Ainslee Mar­bach both en­joyed their first ses­sion.

“First day to­day, it went good; Carly was ex­cel­lent,” Ma­ree said. To get in touch with Carly about at­ten­dance, mes­sage Monto Yoga on Face­book or call 0427 675 115.

The mean­ing of yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit. — Carly Burn­ham

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

RE­TURN TO YOGA: Yoga classes are back on in Monto af­ter a two-year ab­sence.

Ainslee Mar­bach in the war­rior po­si­tion.

Ma­ree Mar­bach felt good af­ter her first ses­sion.

It was Carly Burn­ham's first time teach­ing a yoga class.

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