To yoga, or not to yoga? That is the question…
That question will be answered by people from across the country this weekend, right here in our community.
Emily Medalen is live to tell us what we can expect at the first ever North Dakota Yoga Conference.
We all have that friend that loves to do yoga – so I decided to reach out to a few yogi’s and see what has them hooked.
Here’s what I found out.
“Boy, I’ll tell ya… I step on that mat, and the whole world changes, and everything just goes away,” said Brenda Stone, of Yoga For You.
The ancient practice of yoga is growing in the U.S. –
Many who have decided to give it a shot, say they never looked back.
“I first started yoga because I thought I was going to find a fix to losing weight, but it became so much more,” said Britany Walrath, of Bismarck.
Walrath and Stone have both been practicing for several years now.
They say stretching, balance, and posture are a few of the main focuses during a typical yoga class.
However, Stone says it makes for a healthy mind just as much as a healthy body.
“It’s not so much about the fitness aspect, as just getting in touch with your body, and knowing what to do to get healthier.”
For them, the good feeling goes beyond the hour long session.
“We actually say that your practice starts when you leave your mat, in how you live your life,” said Walrath.
“A lot of students will come into a class and say ‘I had to drag myself in here,’ and then after the class, they say, ‘I’m so glad I came!'” said Stone.
She told me seeing that kind of reaction is encouragement to keep practicing the art of yoga for as long as her body will let her.
“It’s just a positive, all around feeling of good.”
Walrath says,”It saved my life, actually.”
The first ever North Dakota Yoga Conference starts this Friday at 3:00 at the Ramada Inn.
You can register at the door.
The cost is $220 for the whole weekend, which includes 27 different kinds of yoga classes and lots of prizes.