Heal­ing through Yoga class to start Oct. 16

Sunday Star - - LIFE -

EAS­TON — A new class fea­tur­ing yoga as a heal­ing ther­apy will be of­fered weekly at Tal­bot Hospice be­gin­ning Tues­day, Oct. 16.

“Heal­ing Through Yoga” will be led by Les­lie Ornd­off, RYT, and will meet 9 to 10 a.m. every Tues­day morn­ing from at 586 Cyn­wood Drive in Eas­ton.

The class in­cludes gen­tle open­ing and stretch­ing for in­di­vid­u­als of all lev­els. No pre­vi­ous yoga ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. Yoga mats will be pro­vided, and walk-ins are wel­come. There is no charge for this or any grief sup­port group of­fered by Tal­bot Hospice.

“This new com­ple­men­tary ther­apy is a won­der­ful ad­junct to our vast grief and sup­port ser­vices, of­fer­ing more op­tions for our fam­i­lies to find the sup­port tai­lored to their needs,” ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Vi­vian Dodge said.

In­struc­tor Les­lie Ornd­off is a mother of three, a writer and a former fit­ness in­struc­tor. She found yoga five years ago and soon re­al­ized how much it en­hanced her al­ready strict fit­ness regime. She also felt its pro­found ef­fect on not only her phys­i­cal but men­tal well­be­ing.

As a re­sult, she sought to ob­tain her 200-hour cer­ti­fi­ca­tion so she could help peo­ple im­prove and en­hance their lives through the prac­tice of yoga. She learned the Iyen­gar style, and through its em­pha­sis on proper align­ment, she in­cor­po­rates the other limbs of yoga into her prac­tice and teach­ing.

Tal­bot Hospice Be­reave­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Becky DeMat­tia de­scribes the class as ther­a­peu­tic, guid­ing par­tic­i­pants through mind­ful­ness and poses that di­rect heal­ing in pos­i­tive ways. Par­tic­i­pants will learn em­pow­er­ing tech­niques to cope with their grief and honor their loss.

“Every­one has a dif­fer­ent jour­ney with grief, and we are pleased to be able to of­fer yet an­other tool for pro­cess­ing and heal­ing,” DeMat­tia said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about “Heal­ing Through Yoga” con­tact Tal­bot Hospice at 410-822-6681. For a full list of grief and care­giver sup­port groups visit Tal­botHospice.org.

LES­LIE ORND­OFF

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