Niagara Gazette — Zinter, who teaches the chair yoga class, says participants use a chair to provide support while doing the postures, adding that while sometimes seated, sometimes not, chair yoga can still provide a good workout. “I had a 20-year-old guy sweating up a storm,” Sue noted, smiling.
There are also restorative yoga classes offered by Jennifer Nuwer, who wrote a master’s thesis on the benefits of yoga on the mind, body and soul. “I use pillows to help people get into positions that will help them be more comfortable,” Nuwer said. “The pillows allow them to sit in poses and relax while still stretching their bodies and practicing yoga.”
Nuwer also teaches the free meditation class which is held at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. She said that both yoga and meditation help a person reduce anxiety which allows the body to heal more swiftly. The practices both help with emotional issues as well, she said.
Schutt, the yoga teacher, agreed, noting “We teach people how to breath because if you are thinking about your breath you’re not thinking about your “to do” list or the other things that are causing you stress. When you can come back to your breath, it’s like you just took a brief intermission from your life and when you do that you come back to calmness.”
Yoga is an ancient practice but the center is working hard to bride the ancient techniques with the 21st century. “People can find classes and book appointments on our website,” Zinter said. “And we’re on Facebook,” she added, noting that Twitter is her next conquest, but her tweets are still a work in progress.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Soma Cura Wellness Center • WHERE: 2710 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island • WHAT: Offering yoga, massage, and other natural wellness treatments • WHEN: Classes offered everyday. The schedule is available at www.somacura.com. MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.somacura.com or search Soma Cura Wellness Center on Facebook or call 773-1369. Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.