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By Ashley Diamond Siegert

In case you have missed the human pretzels all over town, you will be interested to learn that Bryan/College Station has a quickly growing yoga culture that is about to be even more prevalent starting in May.  As I myself am an avid yogi and have recently been inspired to start a fine art yoga portraiture line, I have come to love and appreciate the growing popularity of yoga here in the Brazos Valley.

Many gyms, country clubs, dance studios, spas and even dedicated healing centers offer a variety of yoga classes here in town and opening May 10th, the Boulder, CO based franchise “Yoga Pod” is expanding into Aggieland, offering upwards of 70 classes each week.  Perhaps you have seen some of their promotional classes where over 100 students laid out their mats in the alley of The Village Café at April’s First Friday in downtown Bryan, or if you are an A&M student, you may have wandered by the rooftop yoga class held at the Corner Bar in Nothgate in March.

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Yoga has long been identified as a healing practice that can offer such benefits as decreased stress, lowered blood pressure, improved muscle tone, body awareness, and pain reduction.  Yoga can be practiced in many forms from gentle restorative breathing exercises all the way to powerful inversions and arm balances. However, if you have never tried yoga before, please don’t be afraid! There is a level and a class to suit each person and the goal is not to nail that crazy pose, but to use the process to find a place of calm.

As I mentioned, my personal yoga practice has inspired me to launch a fine art yoga portraiture line. I will be exploring each of my client’s practices to identify the pose and location to best illustrate his or her place in the yoga journey. Many of these images will be shot off on location during my travels, but many will be shot right here in Aggieland.

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If you are looking for a place to start or continue practice or to find a class while visiting Aggieland, here are a list of offerings (list as of May 2014…please google search for recent listings):

College Station Yoga

Yoga Pod

Dance Centre

Brazos Healing Center

Studio Yoga

Aggieland Fitness Dome


 

Ashley Diamond Siegert is a guest blogger for the CVB who lives behind a lens running her photo company Fig-Mint Photography and is perfecting her Reverse Warrior pose.  If you want your yoga documented by her, or just photos in general, check her out at http://www.fig-mint.com or shoot her a message at ashley.figmint@gmail.com

(The BCS CVB accepts guest blogs from time to time.  The content is considered original, and is not paid advertising.  While posted by the BCS CVB, the writer’s views do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the BCS CVB.)