Arts & Culture / Mosaic / September 26, 2013

Yoga stretches out for the year ahead

This fall, Knox welcomes new yoga instructor Tina Hope, who has been a practicing Yogi for fifteen years.

“Yoga is a great way to de-stress and everyone can do it,” Hope said, and Knox students are offered the opportunity to do so during her free classes, which will be held in the fitness room at the E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center. The beginner class takes place on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the intermediate class is Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

While the beginner class focuses on breathing techniques, proper foundation, and optimal alignment in all poses, or asanas, the intermediate class introduces more challenging poses. No prior experience is necessary.

In both her classes, she emphasizes optimal body alignment in relation to breathing techniques and balanced foundations.

“I have found that the practice of yoga is transforming and inspiring,” she said. “Creating habits of safe movement and deeper awareness is the underlying impetus to my practice and teaching.”

Hope became certified with Yoga Fit in 2008 and began teaching at different levels to children, teens and adults in Urbana-Champaign. From 2011 to 2013, Hope continued her formal studies of Anusara Yoga in Massachusetts and Iowa and completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification in May of 2013.

The Anusara (“flowing with grace”) style of Hatha yoga is a health-oriented Western approach to yoga that it emphasizes the “Universal Principles of Alignment.”

Participants are advised to bring a yoga mat, to not to eat for two hours before class, and to wear comfortable clothing with no perfume or cologne.

Elizabeth Clay

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