Post by: Heidi Beke-Harrigan, MLS
Find Heidi teaching How-to Do Chair Yoga at 10 a.m. at the How-to Festival.

What is yoga? People are drawn to the practice of yoga for many reasons – the physical aspects, health and wellness, trying something new or philosophy. My definition of yoga when I started teacher training was “Yoga is the path to stillness, so we can hear the voice of the heart and recognize it in others.” For you it may be different – and that’s the beauty of yoga. It is a powerful tool for your own personal transformation and it is accessible to every body. One of my favorite teachers, Matthew Sanford, is paralyzed. His book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence challenged my perception of what it truly means to live in a body. Yoga offers us a way to connect with our bodies throughout all the seasons of our life.

Not having mats or props in the library is a perfect opportunity to explore chair yoga and a reminder that we can do yoga anytime, anywhere! You can use aspects of this practice back in your office, when you are traveling, while waiting, when getting up and down from the floor isn’t an option or just because. Join me for a chair yoga practice to open your hips, move your shoulders and neck, and find length in your spine. Explore what it’s like to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.  It’s a practice suitable for all levels.

You don’t have to be flexible or to have done yoga before. Come as you are and reconnect with confidence, well-being and what’s deepest and best in yourself.

Links to the studios where I teach:

River’s Edge: a Place for Reflection and Action 

The Yoga Place/Yoga Central

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