If you think yoga classes are beyond your reach, this is the class for you.
Marine Park residents of all ages and experience levels can take a break from the everyday bustle to stretch out and relax at free beginners yoga classes in Marine Park on May 22 and June 5. Many know the practice as a form of exercise, but the instructor said it is more about shedding stress.
“Of course there are many physical benefits, but the main benefit is to release the mind,” said Cathy Dews, who has been teaching yoga since 2008.
State Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) funded the two classes to help his constituency unwind.
“It is important that in the midst of our busy lives that we never neglect our personal health,” Golden said.
The class will take place under the flagpole in Marine Park. Dews will gear the sessions toward beginners but will reach for a few intermediate poses to make things interesting for the more experienced, she said.
Performing the contortions perfectly isn’t as important as proper breathing and relaxation and the instructor will walk attendees through simple poses and stretches, she said.
“Its an important part of the class — especially the way we live now,” she said. “We’re always doing. Life is very hectic.”
Dews will also guide the group through a meditation called “Yoga Nidra.” In the exercise, the practitioner tries to attain a state of waking sleep that Dews said is better than catching Zs.
“Its more relaxing than sleep — in sleep, the muscles contract,” she said.
The sessions are free but participants are expected to bring their own mats or towels.
“Beginners Yoga Class” in Marine Park [3000 Fillmore Ave. near Marine Parkway, (718) 238–6044]. June 5 at 7 pm. Free.