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Lyons yoga instructor offers way to find balance through breath, meditation, movement

Contributing writer for The Canyon Weekly

Namaste!

Looking for a way to find balance in the New Year?

Local yoga instructor Kathy Reed is holding classes at St. Patrick’s Hall in Lyons.

“I am passionate about helping people find balance through yoga, breath, meditation, and movement,” said Reed, who is a certified instructor. 

“My work as wildland firefighter and past martial arts training has taught me that energy, contained in the right way, can be a powerful force and requires balance.”

After more than 12 years of yoga practice, Reed received her teacher certification in the Sacred Inca Valley of Peru through the School Yoga Institute.

“The school’s strong focus on both physical and energetic alignment, brings an emphasis on the mind-body connection to all my classes,” she said. “I have additional training in Mindful Resilience for Veterans, Yoga for Stress & Anxiety, pre- and post-natal yoga, and Adaptive Yoga, bringing a sense of understanding and grounding to my classes.”

Classes are held at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Hall, and Reed hosts “all-level” classes on Mondays to encourage students to “bring awareness to the capabilities of their individual body.” 

Modifications to poses bring relief for those with limited range of motion while inviting a challenge to those with more experience and mobility, she said.

“The goal of my classes is to provide a healthy environment for community members to gather for self-care and promote a more restful nights’ sleep,” she added. “To encourage participation and accessibility, nobody is charged for attendance and community mats and props are available.”

Classes are 100 percent funded through donations with $5-15 suggested, but not mandatory, per class, according to Reed.

“I love helping people feel better in their own mind and body,” she said. “Reach out or just show up to see how yoga may enhance your life!”

Learn more about Reed’s classes by mailing her at [email protected] or drop in on one of her classes.

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