Yoga for all ages focusing on self-confidence and positive body image

By Kirsten Dennis
July 15, 2017 - 9:19am

After a long day at work, or play, Red Deerians are invited out to Breathing Room Yoga Studio and Café’s free yoga in the park sessions.

The one hour sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Kin Kanyon. On Mondays there is both a kids class and an adults class running simultaneously, while Wednesdays offer an adults class only.

In the event of inclement weather, the free sessions will move to Breathing Room’s studio located in unit 130, 2840 Bremner Avenue.

Yoga in the park is free thanks to sponsorships from Laebon Homes and the Red Deer Montessori Preschool. The event has seen upwards of 160 yogi’s joining in at the park.

Krista VandenBrink, Breathing Room co-owner and yoga instructor, said the benefits of yoga are ageless. “It helps people move their body in a way that doesn’t promote pain.”

Yoga in the Park is also where VandenBrink met her business partner, Bonnee Gregg. She said Gregg had just moved to the City and attended a small yoga session in the park.

“Other good memories I’ve seen are men and women from newborns to people with physical disabilities come just to breath and watch what’s going on in that community environment.”

She added that the atmosphere is one of positivity and inclusivity and that they often see people attend who are otherwise intimidated by a yoga studio.

“(They) feel a bit comforted by the fact that they’re in the park and nobody is just looking at them.”

In addition to Yoga in the Park, VandenBrink said this week is their girl’s yoga, dance and Dove self-esteem camp. Over a five day period, girls aged 7 – 12 are taking part in full day classes where they learn about positive body image and self-confidence.

“It’s just that age seeing how social media is already starting to impact girls at such a young age. It’s such an interesting age where young girls and boys really need to learn self-assuredness.”

She added that the benefits of yoga to these girls include learning how to listen to their own bodies and trust their instincts. “They learn how to move physically and how they can breathe and maybe tame anxieties.”

The girls are taught with the help of 17 volunteers over the course of five days.

“They walk away having had fun all week with a group of girls where bullying isn’t tolerated and we are talking about being kind to each other and learning how to be kind to each other. They also learn tools to cope with say anxiety or challenges at home or school through yoga.”

VandenBrink said the girls camp has always been a great success and that the girls come and have a great experience with a large group of females their age.

“They just get that positive experience knowing ‘I can have fun with a group of girls my own age without needing to pick on each other or have negative experiences.’”

 

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