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The large free weight area at Albemarle Square will be closed on Monday, January 22nd from 10:00am-5:00pm for the delivery and installation of new equipment. Other areas of the fitness floor will remain unaffected and will be open for use.

The Positive "Side Effects" of Yoga

by Carrie Shuler

I love teaching and practicing yoga. There’s something about mindfully combining movement with yogic breathing that feels so natural to me. It feels simple and comfortable. I feel utterly at home on my yoga mat.

When I began practicing yoga ten years ago, I knew early on that I would practice for the rest of my life – unlike other physical exercises I’ve tried. I knew my practice would change as my body changed, that I would need the support of the practice at certain times more than at others, and that yoga would be with me on and off the mat. I also knew that my body would change and that I would change. If I cultivated a relationship with myself, I would feel compassion when those changes came.

When I teach yoga, I consider myself a tour guide of the body. I help students feel their breath, listen to their bodies, and acquaint themselves with their minds. I hope to cultivate stillness and a sense of being, not of doing. I try to allow students the space for their body to communicate its wisdom.

February is #YogaYourBest month at acac.  Make a date with yourself to perhaps practice yoga, or to meditate, or to swim laps, or to take a dance class. acac can help you keep your date time simple and enjoyable. With their knowledgeable staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and variety, acac encourages you to be you.

Spend a little time this month celebrating. Celebrate your body, your breath, and your ability to move!


Click the links below to find a yoga class at an acac location near you. All Group Exercise and Mind/Body classes are included with your acac membership!

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#YogaYourBest #LiveYourBest