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Free yoga classes offered in Sandpoint

Sandpoint assumes many poses: an arts town, a walking town, a wooden boats port, a music festival and a crafts fair town. Sandpoint unfolds as Jerry Fest, the K & K Derby, a Fifties car parade, a ski resort, and a nifty place to eat and shop. Our town is also stretching its way to becoming a yoga town. Between 17 and 30 million people in the U.S. practice yoga and a good number of these yoga-practicing Americans live in the Sandpoint area. Yoga studios, classes, and workshops bend over backwards to offer residents and visitors a chance to join in the practice of yoga.

Sandpoint’s yoga teachers will take turns leading a once-a-month “lottery class” to help students let go of stress  through relaxation, breathing and stretches. Sarah Rusnak, a Forrest Yoga teacher, will lead the first stress reduction class at Sandpoint Yoga Studio on Saturday morning, May 31, from 9 am until 10:30. Sandpoint Yoga Studio is upstairs at 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Suite 202, in the Syringa Creek Building. As the months unfold, a diversity of teachers will lead the class the last Saturday of each month throughout this year.

A dose of yoga won’t make you calm, healthy, and filled with a sense of well-being. It’s not like swallowing an instant fix-all pill. But it helps you quiet down your mind and body so you can experience what your true nature is, which is – really -- to be peaceful.

Why is it called a lottery class? The Saturday class is free but donations are welcome. Each student writes his or her favorite charitable cause on a slip of paper that goes into a hat. The name that’s plucked out at the end of the hour is where the money goes.

Everyone is welcome -- all ages, levels of fitness, and experience. Join us in practice. That’s where time slows down.

No matter what’s happening in your life on the outside – work overload, life changes, health challenges or debt -- you can experience the steadiness of yoga inside. And this steadiness can wiggle its way into your outer life.

The word yoga in Sanskrit means “uniting.” It is a combination of physical exercises, breathing exercises, and meditation. Studies have shown yoga to help people young and old.

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of violence. Our frenzy neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” ~Thomas Merton

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