In January the Cascade Community Pool is offering a new fitness class Woga (water yoga) from 3:30 to 3:45 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The instructor for the class is Margaret Keene, a local White City resident.
Margaret is a semi-retired caregiver, who is putting her 38 years of meditation and yoga practice to use helping others help themselves to better health. She is a graduate of the month-long intensive residential Yoga Teacher’s Training held at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. She has also studied Iyengar, Yin and Korean style yoga (in Korea). She works with students of all ages and ability levels.
The class will use classic yoga poses and stretches, which are modified for standing in water that is between waist and chest high. The water aids balance and is no-impact, making this type of yoga ideal for people with physical limitations and those who are recovering from injuries. You don’t need to know how to swim or even breathe underwater to participate.
The class balances fitness and relaxation. Classes are structured much like their land-yoga equivalents: breathing, warm-up exercises, a series of stretching and strengthening poses, and a relaxation period. The focus is on increasing mobility, flexibility, and strength while improving physical and mental capacities.
The class will begin on Monday, Jan. 4 at 3:30 p.m. The class is open to the public. For more information call Cascade Community Pool at 541-826-2124.