Center offers group and personal classes at Yoga Center and Christ Center
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/17/2012 -- Yoga has been considered a physical centering which helps relieve stress for years. What some may not know is that the effort also is a strong mental reliever as well. Joanne Wohlmuth found this out firsthand in her first class, as she spent most of it crying. She described the situation as her stress of being a third year college student in New York finally pouring out.
“I came out of class and gave my candy bar to a homeless person in the subway,” said Ms Wohlmuth. “I thought if that (the release of stress) is going to happen when you practice yoga this is something I need to try.”
Her yogi expressed to her not to worry about giving up cigarettes, for as long as she practiced yoga, her body and mind would eventually reject the addiction. To her surprise, that is exactly what happened. He ability to relax through yoga without a cigarette slowly stemmed the tide of addictive thought. After a few classes under the yogi, Joanne gave up smoking.
She then started teaching yoga when she returned to Bermuda after she finished college, and partnered with Frances Marshall in 1994, forming The Yoga Center on Victoria Street. This week, the duo celebrated their 18th anniversary with free classes for anyone interested in the experience.
Until four years ago, the teachers taught “karma yoga” on a volunteer basis, with fees going back to the center. The six teachers now offer personal classes in addition to karma yoga.
“Karma yoga is selfless service,” she explained. “It means that what you do comes back to you. The more good you do for others, then that will reverberate back to you. It is not for the sake of it. If you do it so that it comes back to you, you have already tarnished the whole concept. In college I lived in The Village in New York. I cut cheese for a health store as part of my karma service to the yoga centre there. There are eight different aspects of yoga. Hatha yoga is the physical experience you see most people do in the west.”
The aspects of meditation, spirituality, and devotion/prayer, are just as important as the physical aspect.
“I found it very rewarding,” she said. “Even up until about two years ago I was doing some consultancy work with them. Right now I work as the chairperson for the Peace and Social Justice Committee of the Catholic Church. I am still involved in justice issues and will always be.
“This is what is beautiful about yoga. When you practice yoga it opens you up to all those things that you are interested in and helps you to connect. As a young person, when I practised yoga it was a time for me to grow within myself and to strengthen myself and to understand how I could function in the world. I will always do that but I also will do things around health and wellness.”
One of Wohlmuth’s teachers offers classes at the Christ Center, bridging the misconception that yoga and Christian faith are mutually exclusive.
“There is a lot of misunderstandings with some people about the practice of yoga,” she said. “They associate it with India and Hinduism and another religion, but it has come a long way now. You have people who understand that yoga is a tool like software or hardware. You take the skills you learn in yoga and apply them to whatever you are interested. Whatever religion you are, it will help you grow spiritually.”
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