Yoga classes offered at Bonifas Arts Center

ESCANABA — If you are looking for new ways to keep fit in 2018, the Bonifas may have just the class for you: yoga.

Instructor Heather Bruss said people who are interested in yoga can come to a class and get a feel for the practice of Ashtanga yoga. Bruss has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and has owned her yoga business, Gemini Yoga by Heather, for nearly six years.

According to Bruss, yoga provides a great way to strengthen and tone muscles along with increased flexibility. In this class, students will learn how to synchronize breath with standing postures to increase the benefits of their workout.

“Ashtanga yoga is a series of postures, and helps with balance, stress and anxiety reduction, and also incorporates meditation,” Bruss said. “Using the same sequence each time, the practice becomes more meditative, and as you continue to come to class, improvements are easy to see. Therefore, you become more focused on your breath and more relaxed, which gives you power and energy, and you are able to hold poses longer.”

Bruss noted that everyone is welcome to try her class, but added that it’s quite physical, so she works with beginners on doing the poses, and can modify them for her students if needed.

Students taking the class should bring along their own yoga mat and block, but if someone does not have their own, there will be a limited number of yoga mats to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

The regular yoga classes are every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is a fee to participate in the classes..

To register for the class, call the Bonifas at (906) 786-3833.