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Health and Wellness: Yoga on Ocracoke

April 2012
By
 TL Grace

Yoga is a word many people are familiar with and know it is a path to health and wellness. On Ocracoke, for the past 14 years yoga classes have been available, thanks to Amy Hilton’s dedicated teaching specializing in Anusara Yoga. Now with Henry Schliff and Terrilynn Grace West moving to the island, their blend of Kripalu and Vini Yoga offers even more opportunities. Amy says “the more yoga the better!” Choosing to come to yoga classes you will quickly learn there are many paths or different kinds of yoga.

Yoga, an ancient practice came to America via India. Through engaging in the breath work, movements and relaxation of yoga your body will feel stronger and more flexible, your mind calmer, and your spirit lighter. The teachers on Ocracoke – Amy, Henry and Grace – are guides, offering their expertise coming from extensive training while encouraging you to do or not do what is best for your body. A friend of mine went to yoga class for many weeks and did not do any of the movements, she simply relaxed. Her Mother had died recently and the comfort of being with others and yoga brought her great comfort. Often instruction includes how yoga movements (postures or asanas) can be adapted for your unique needs.
You can just show up to yoga class which lasts for one to one and a half hours. Wear comfortable clothes. You are invited to bring a towel to lie on, or yoga mat if you have one, some mats are provided. Most often yoga movements include standing, sitting, lying on your back and stomach. Water is always a good idea to bring along. On Ocracoke yoga classes are located at Deep Water Theater on School Road. NEW this year: Amy has added an early bird class Tuesday mornings 7:30 am-8:30 am!! This class is for all levels. Great way to start your day! Through April Amy also teaches Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:00 am-10:30 am.
Henry, with Grace assisting, is teaching Monday afternoons 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. This is an entry level class: GENTLE. Henry and Grace are also teaching Wed morning 9:00 am-10:30 am which includes both gentle yoga, qigong and tai chi (Chinese movements that help you warm up and increase balance).
See the bulletin board on the front page for class information, including contact information for questions.
Check out Amy’s website for lots more information about Anusara Yoga, and benefits of yoga:
For residents and guests to the island yoga is accessible, why not try a class or two?

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Terrilynn Grace West loves teaching yoga and tai chi almost as much as providing her unique warm water massage therapy : <www.floatwithgrace.com> or email her floatwithgrace@earthlink.net 

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