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Namaste, Jacksonville! September is National Yoga Awareness Month, a perfect time to finally put your stretchy pants and crop tops to proper use. If they have been repurposed into supermarket sweats, two things: 1) good for you, and 2) please re-repurpose them and report to your nearest yoga mat! Here’s why.

HEALTH BENEFITS GALORE

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the month of September to promote the well-studied health benefits of yoga, and to urge us to begin or strengthen our practice in order to reap the many benefits. According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga has a long list of positive effects on physical and mental wellbeing, including:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy, and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Stress management
  • Mental clarity and calmness
  • Increased body awareness
  • Sharpened concentration

SOMETHING FOR EVERY BODY

There are countless types of yoga for all types of yogis — e.g. kids’ yoga, senior yoga, prenatal yoga, paddleboard yoga, hot yoga, laughter yoga, meditation yoga, and couples’ yoga. You get the picture. There’s something for everyone and every body. If you can touch your toes or if you can’t, you’re invited to the yogabration this month. Just be mindful, listen to your body and only do what’s comfortable. The more than 36.7 million U.S. practitioners are constantly advancing yoga poses and breathing techniques; so if your mat is a little dusty, pop back in and see what’s new.

BEFORE YOU GO

Before you leave home, do a quick search online to find the latest deals on classes at studios around town. I found a 5 for $25 at Yoga Den, which means one class is less than a Venti Mocha Latté with whip. Also, remember to (re-)familiarize yourself with yoga etiquette before joining your new mates. Enjoy!

 

Here’s What’s Happening Around Jacksonville:

 

Prenatal Yoga, $13

September 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Y Healthy Living Center, Ponte Vedra Beach, contact 904-202-2229

 

Yoga for Survivors, FREE

September 21, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Y Healthy Living Center, Ponte Vedra Beach, contact 904-202-5376

 

Prenatal Yoga, $13

September 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Y Healthy Living Center, Mandarin, contact 904-202-2229

 

Family Yoga, $6

September 24, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Thrive Chiropractic, Nutrition & Yoga, St. Augustine, contact 904-615-1319

 

Yoga for Survivors, FREE

September 25, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Y Healthy Living Center, Mandarin, contact 904-202-6452

 

Prenatal Yoga, $13

September 26, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Y Healthy Living Center, Ponte Vedra Beach, contact 904-202-2229

 

Yoga for Survivors, FREE

September 28, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Y Healthy Living Center, Ponte Vedra Beach, contact 904-202-5376

 

Prenatal Yoga, $13

September 30, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Y Healthy Living Center, Mandarin, contact 904-202-2229

 


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Senée, On Jacksonville’s first columnist, has over a decade of public health and writing experience, and a distinct talent for translating sciency jargon into interesting, actionable prose aimed at disease prevention and health promotion. The University of South Florida Public Health graduate and Technical Writing student says, “Public Health taught me how to identify, track, control, and prevent disease. Technical Writing is teaching me how to best communicate this critical information to busy people in a meaningful way.” Senée’s public health background touches every corner of Jacksonville, spans across country, and reaches all the way to the village of Molepolole in Africa. Through independent study and travel, she has acquired several languages and experienced many differing cultural perspectives on global health topics. Her world-rounded touch comes home to On Jacksonville, where she ‘slings font’ weekly for the Community Health blog.