Yoga in the Park proves popular


Slide show of event

Organizers of The Art of Women’s Health, sponsored by Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH), traded in their running shoes for a yoga mat for the 2018 event held April 27.
“We were excited that the Art of Women’s Health 5K event was coming up, but we didn’t sense the same enthusiasm as we talked to coworkers about it, so we thought we needed to mix things up,” said Mary Crecelius, women’s health nurse practitioner and co-organizer of the event with Dr. Theresa Cavins, SGCMH breast and general surgeon. “Dr. Cavins and I both do yoga, so we thought we’d see how it would go over.”
Go over it did. Forty women showed up at the Lion’s Club Park with varying degrees of yoga experience under their belts.
Debbie Ramer, Stephanie Haas and Mary Haynes, the three event yoga instructors or yoginis according to Wikipedia, demonstrated and talked participants (or yogis—again Wikipedia) through various yoga poses and shared some of their yoga philosophy.
“I love outside yoga,” said Ramer who operates Embrace Yoga and Wellness. “Bringing people together like this in a group setting is amazing, especially for women, because we’re the last ones to take care of ourselves. When you do yoga in an outdoor setting you connect with nature. It’s much more healing.”
Haas, loves sharing yoga with community, family and friends.
“Yoga for me is unity with myself, my physical body, my mind and spirit,” said Haas. “It encompasses my health. It helps me with stress reduction, happiness, physical strength and stamina.”
Haynes, with Two Sons Yoga in Farmington, loved the turnout for the event.
“Everyone was enjoying themselves,” she said. “They didn’t realize it, but they were making energy. I believe in this. Yoga prepares the body for everything—breathing, balance, attitude—everything.”
Following the hour-long yoga class, participants made the easy stroll to Dr. Theresa Cavins’ Life is Art studio on Main Street for wine and chocolate. The event is held during the 4th Friday Art Walk in downtown Ste. Genevieve so participants can take part in that event, also.
“I don’t think our yoga event could have gone any better,” said Dr. Cavins. “It was a magical experience. A lot of people don’t have access to yoga or never thought about doing it, so this was a way to give them a taste of it. I hope all the participants will continue to practice yoga. It’s so beneficial to the mind, body and spirt. I’m a walking advertisement for it.”
Dr. Cavins and Mary Crecelius also served vegan cupcakes for those brave enough to try them, and for the record, they were fantastic!

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