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Embrace Fall|Winter 2013

Embrace Fall|Winter 2013

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Embrace Fall|Winter 2013
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Published by: Messenger Post Media on Sep 19, 2013
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ound e aes 
 beautiful fall rides
on your bicycle
art thrives
area artists are thecreative fiber of our region
taste the love
grape pie—a wonderfullyaromatic taste treat
embrace life around the lakes • sePtember 2013 • Page 2
In the heart o the Finger Lakes, people o all ages are practicingopening their hearts, quieting their minds, and becoming moreaware o how they eel. They are experiencing yoga: a harmonizingpractice uniting the body, the mind,and the spirit, to improve healthand well being.Rick Lynch, owner o Finger LakesYoga Center in Canandaigua,believes yoga is or everyone and
   p  20
years.“Yoga is innitely adaptable. I havepeople rom dierent backgrounds,ages, tness levels, all in the sameclass,” says Lynch. “My slant on yogais that it is or real people.”Lynch says usually when peoplewalk through his studio door theywant to make change happen intheir lie at some level—physically,mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Many have physical or healthproblems, or are experiencing some level o pain.“The practice o poses, yoga breathing, and relaxation helps relievethe stress o modern living, which in time promotes physical andmental well-being,” says Lynch. “Yoga puts me in a better mood.Ater my practice, I eel calmer, more energized and optimistic.”Yoga is not dened in words or Lynch, but in how he eels bothduring and ater the practice. In our daily lives we sometimes orgeta ew important things: to pay attention, to rest, and to breathe. These simple concepts utilized in yoga can make a dierencein how we eel. And yoga can be practiced in a class with otherpeople or at home or any space, alone.“When you let yoga work or you the experience is more thanphysical,” says Scott Hanson, who practices yoga several times aweek in his Canandaigua home. “It’s exercise or your consciousnessand or your body.” The rst thing Lynch tells hisstudents is about settling the mind
 . P 
postures and breathing are tools tohelp the settle the mind and deepenawareness.“Stretching does not help pain,doing more does not help. Mostneed rest,” says Lynch. “When wehave discomort we must come toa complete stop every day and donothing except pay attention.”Lynch teaches the B.K.S. Iyengarstyle o yoga, emphasizing bodyalignment, attention to detail andbreath-control. He also incorporatesother techniques which aim to reduce pain or limitation inmovement, combining Western therapies with the ancienttraditions o yoga.Lynch says the use o props, such as bolsters, blankets, blocks andbelts allow students o all ages and abilities to perorm yoga posessaely and eectively. He has dierent styles or dierent groups,and determines the best practice to have at any given time. Lynchcan break down a yoga pose into its essential parts and adapt it toeach person’s needs and level o commitment.“One summer I taught at the Ontario County jail and needed tostart with hand stands and warrior poses to get their attention. I
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by deborah blackwell | messenger Post media
90 South Main Street • Canandaigua • 585-396-2291 • fingerlakesyogacenter.com
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