celebrities like Madonna and Sting have touted yoga's therapeutic
qualities for years, the ancient exercise isn't just for the rich
and famous anymore.
week, students, faculty and staff of The University of Southern
Mississippi can begin classes in Kripalu yoga at the Payne Center.
The classes are also open to the public and are held in the evenings
to accommodate busy work schedules.
yoga is designed to educate you of your mind and body's needs in
order to achieve and maintain good physical, mental and spiritual
health," said Southern Miss Fitness Coordinator Jackie Lebeau.
Kripalu yoga include stress relief, improved balance, increased
energy, strength and flexibility. Two versions of Kripalu yoga are
being offered - the basic and the vigorous variety.
will consist of eight classes, and each week participants will work
on postures, breathing and relaxation. About 20 postures will be
presented over the course of each eight-week period. Taught by licensed
Kripalu yoga instructor Melissa Reid, the course offers hands-on
assistance to encourage optimal alignment and enhanced learning.
classes, which start Jan. 20 and run through March 9, are recommended
for individuals who are new to yoga and enjoy a gentler and slower-paced
workout. These weekly Tuesday classes last for one hour, starting
at 7 p.m. A second eight-week basic session will run from March
classes, which start Jan. 22 and run through March 11, will move
at a more rapid pace, will hold postures longer and may cover more
advanced postures than those learned in the basic class. These weekly
Thursday classes also last one hour, from 7-8 p.m. A second eight-week
vigorous session will run from March 23-May 11.
are taught by Reid, who has been a licensed instructor for three
years. She received her certification from the Kripalu Center for
Yoga and Health.
has been practiced for more than a thousands years in eastern cultures,
its swelling popularity in this country is more recent. "I
think it appeals to people who concerned with the mind-body connection,"
said Stacey Ready, assistant director of public relations for the
Department of Recreational Sports."Today, people are thinking
more holistically. They are thinking of their bodies not just in
a physical sense, but from and emotional and mental standpoint as
well. I think they are trying to find an exercise that addresses
their entire physical well-being, and not just what you see in the
mirror. Yoga addresses that all at the same time, leaving you feeling
both relaxed and energized," Ready said.
Reid said many
people are familiar with the term yoga, but not Kripalu yoga. She
explained that yoga, like many martial arts, have different styles
or disciplines. "Kripalu is a nice synthesis of the different
styles. It allows you to modify your yoga postures as you need without
being boring. You're still able to get a good workout," Reid
popular misconception, yoga is not a religion, Reid said, although
it does incorporate some meditative practices. However, this meditation
-which focuses on breathing techniques -- is intended to relax and
definitely get out of yoga what you put into it," she continued.
"As far as one's home practice, you can add an element of meditation.
It is a much more reflective practice than say step-aerobics. I
like to call it meditation with movement."
fees are $32 per eight-class session for members of the Payne Center
and $48 for non-members. Minimum attendance for each session is
10 participants. Maximum attendance is 35 participants, after which,
names will go on a waiting list for notification of available space.
For more information
on how to register for Kripalu yoga classes, contact Jackie Lebeau
at (601) 266-5930.