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September is National Yoga Month Indulge in Self-Care on the Mat

Sep 06, 2018 01:52AM ● By Jenn Willhite

Now that we’re into the rhythm of fall and the kids have returned to school, it’s time to take a deep breath, turn your focus inward and indulge in self-care. It’s an ideal time to explore yoga and its benefits during National Yoga Month— a national observance designated by the Department of Health and Human Services to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

All September-long, yoga studios, teachers and students are celebrating throughout the country with free classes and events. Yoga Month Founder Johannes R. Fisslinger says, “Experience is a powerful teacher, so we decided to give people the opportunity to try yoga for themselves.”

The health benefits of yoga for the body alone are many, including weight loss, enhanced brain function, greater flexibility and stronger bones and joints. Practitioners also experience reduced stress, enhanced mental focus and a deeper mind/body connection that helps foster a greater sense of peace and well-being.

Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, area studios are offering various types of yoga styles and classes to support your practice, including beginner, chair, gentle/restorative for relaxation and stress reduction and alignment-focused hatha yoga. If you have an established practice and are seeking to take it to the next level consider exploring a vigorous ashtanga practice or an intermediate vinyasa class that links breath with movement to create flow.

There is a wide selection of yoga studios in Indianapolis and surrounding areas to choose from so take the time this month to visit studios, experience a variety of classes and talk to students and instructors to find the studio and class that speaks to you!

Hundreds of community yoga events are registered and searchable in the Yoga Health Foundation’s online yoga finder. The culminating event for the month-long campaign is The Time for Yoga, a global community practice on September 30. The Yoga Month campaign’s programs facilitate actionable guidance for individuals wanting to better their health through yoga.

Yoga Month is a campaign of The Yoga Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote preventative health care and inspire a healthy lifestyle.

For more information and to find local Yoga Month events, visit YogaHealthFoundation.org and YogaMonth.org.

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