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Sally Van Vleck has studied, taught and practiced yoga for more than 38 years. She is a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and her style of teaching is a blend of all the teachers she’s studied with over the years, including Joan Laird, Joel Kramer, Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Roger Eischens, Rod Stryker and Doug Keller.
In both her own practice and her classes, Sally does some flowing movements, as well as holding poses for a longer time to discover their deeper benefits. She practices along with her classes, guiding with verbal instructions and modeling the poses.
The practices of pranayama (breath control) and meditation are an integral part of her own practice and teaching. “It is my belief that everyone can benefit from yoga,” says Sally. “We don’t all look alike in the poses, and it’s important to adapt the pose to accommodate an individual’s body.”
Yoga brings many benefits, including increased flexibility, strength and energy, improved stamina and endurance, peace of mind and a sense of well being. Most recently, Sally has been studying the therapeutic benefits of yoga to counteract some of the adverse affects of aging.
Sally offers weekly classes to the local yoga community, on Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. During the summer, classes are held outside, weather permitting, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Members of the Neahtawanta Community Supported Inn area also welcome to use the yoga room.
All levels are welcome, and each class is designed for a variety of ability levels, consisting of pranayama (deep breathing), asanas (poses), relaxation and meditation.
(Editor’s Note: I’ve studied yoga with Sally for more than ten years and love everything about it, including Sally’s gentle teaching style, in which she encourages students to listen to their own body. – Jane Boursaw)