Yoga En Espanol

yoga en espanolThe simple practice of moving body and breath in a mindful manner to reduce stress, develop a healthy body, and get in tune with one’s inner self is not difficult to attempt, yet in modern culture many people remain estranged from their own bodies and unaware of their breath. The wave of yoga and mindfulness practices in the West over the last few decades has opened up a broad spectrum of offerings that encourage people to get into their bodies and gain control of their thoughts. A recent estimate claims that 20 million people in America are practicing yoga, about 7% of the population.1 With its long list of benefits, including stress relief, weight loss, recovering from physical and emotional trauma, pain relief, alleviating depression, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, reducing blood pressure and increasing metabolism, the question is, why aren’t more people engaging in this simple practice?

It is often assumed that yoga is reserved for middle-to-upper class white people. With many yoga classes costing more than a decent meal out, plus conjecture about who is able to “do” yoga, many people are put o by the idea of going into a yoga studio for the rst time. Add to this the large number of people who do not speak English as their rst language and you can begin to see how entire segments of the population are hindered from participating in a regular yoga practice. e backbone of society, our nation’s hard working class, has little to no access to healthcare, let alone access to alternative healthcare practices such as yoga. Yet this demographic would bene t greatly from this ancient practice, developed over centuries and re ned for our current culture.

According to the 2010 Census, 12% of Durango’s population is Latino or Hispanic, many of who do not speak English as their rst language. 2 Because of the language barrier, cost, time restraints due to long working hours, and perhaps misperceptions about what yoga is and how it is bene cial, yoga has been largely unavailable to a substantial part of our city and county residents.

But four local women have come together with a mission to share the bene ts of yoga with people that speak only Spanish, as well as those who want to learn or practice Spanish as a second language. Katie Clancy, Lily Russo, Ivy Lau and Wendolyne OmaƱa, with cooperation and support from the owners of Yogadurango, have recently been o ering, by donation, a class led entirely in Spanish.

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