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There is a fun and affordable way to relieve stress and get into shape this fall thanks to Yoga with Kara Kolesar — a River East Transcona School Division Continuing Education program.

For only $59, you can sign-up for the fall session and enjoy physical enlightenment through exercise.

A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Kara finds yoga an excellent way to gain power.

"A lot of people think that yoga is simply relaxation but there is a lot of strength building that happens. There is lots of really deep stretching and body weight training."

Entering the world of yoga with its rich history and in-depth culture can seem daunting but Kara clarifies this.

"In my classes I simply focus on the ‘Hatha’ or physical aspect of yoga. The class is structured in a ‘vinyasa style’ which means flowing, one breath-one movement. You breathe and you move together."

What should participants expect?

"After the first class, probably some new muscles will be aching but you should also expect to feel refreshed and relaxed.

"After the second and third class participants should feel quite confident and start to notice some of the benefits of yoga like increased stability, increased strength, less stress, and the ability to breathe and relieve stress."

The class ran for the first time in the spring and was well received.

"What I like about the continuing education programs is that they provide the opportunity to try things for 10-12 weeks and see if you like it, and it brings the gym to the neighbourhood.

"I found many people in the community either walked or biked if the weather permitted."

Classes are being held at Angus McKay School on Thursday 6-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m.
To register for one of Kara’s yoga classes contact Gail at the RETSD Continuing Ed office: 204-667-6193

You can also find information online at www.retsd-conted.com.

Evan Comstock is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.

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