How present are you? – Lewiston’s Sun Journal
BETHEL – Bethel resident Lisa Davidson teaches Kripalu Yoga, a practice that focuses on inner focus, stretching and breathing. It hijacks a person’s ability to focus and helps them gain clarity. She works specifically with the elderly, focusing on what happens to everyone as they get older and how to take care of their bodies as they move in yoga. Her goal is to have a community class for seniors at Bethel for free.
Kripalu yoga taught him many lessons. The most important ?
âDon’t worry so much,â she said. ” It’s all arranged. “
She talks about being in the present, in the moment, and how that’s what’s available to everyone right now – a lesson she had to learn because she wasn’t. taught.
Right now, she’s teaching virtually.
In The Common, Melinda Gagnon can be seen teaching yoga to her class. Although she teaches fire flow vinyasa, she still enjoys including breathing work and meditation in every yoga exercise, regardless of her athletic level. She explains how breathing work teaches you to have a calm mind and understand how to take care of yourself. More so, he learns to be present.
“[Itâs a] way to be peaceful, âsays Gagnon.
She explains that breathing work helps keep your feet on the ground.
Gagnon enjoys teaching at Bethel, especially outdoors, as she appreciates nature, which she finds relaxing. She offers an anecdote on why she enjoys teaching. One day, she had just finished a class at The Common and was sitting on her mat in the grass, on her phone. A visiting woman approached her and told her that she needed to be rejuvenated. Was she teaching any other classes that day? Gagnon organized a private lesson for her and her six family members at the gazebo. When it was over, the woman said to Gagnon, âThank you, I can tell you what your students need. “
According to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (hopkinsmedicine.org), yoga helps relieve back pain, may ease arthritis symptoms, and help your heart by reducing stress and high blood pressure levels. According to health.harvard.edu, yoga is vital for maintaining a strong memory. In the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in memory, a study found that those who did yoga regularly did not have narrowing, meaning there was less memory decline related to age.
Davidson also describes some of the benefits of yoga, some being strengthening muscles, easing breathing, improving mood – like depression; become aware of your body and improve your concentration and clarity. The list is long.
When they asked Davidson and Gagnon if it was easier to meditate in a place as quiet as Bethel compared to a large city, both replied that it didn’t matter where the meditation was practiced. The point being, that peace was all in the mind.
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