Local residents support National Yoga Month event Ekam Yoga Center hosted a grand opening celebration with a Mind/Body Health Expo event held Sept. 26, while promoting National Yoga Month. The studio officially opened Feb. 14 and is the first Yoga and Ayurveda Green studio in the area. Area residents were able to participate in a variety of free classes, beginning with a Zumba class that started off the day’s festivities, followed a Global Mini-Mala that included 108 minutes of flowing yoga poses. There were also available yoga, belly dancing and partner yoga classes; a Sadhana & Stress-free workshop, aimed at health and stress-free awareness; and free health screenings provided by H-E-B. Additionally, attendees enjoyed a Greening Your Home Seminar, green business exhibits and arts and crafts selections from Ten Thousand Villages Festival sale and a Fitness Fashion show. “This event was our way of sharing the studio with the community. Our core values at Ekam Yoga Center include community, mind/body wellness and Green Living as a tripod foundation for all of our classes and programs,” said Maggie Grueskin of Ekam Yoga Center. “I was personally passionate about this event because yoga has brought so much joy and freedom in my heart and I wanted to share this bliss with our community. Next year we hope to do an even bigger event and have sponsors.” The event was part of the National Yoga Month campaign that was designed to educate and inspire people, creating awareness of the positive impact of yoga on health. In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated September as National Yoga Month, one of a select number of national health observances. According to Yoga Alliance’s “Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga,” Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. Proceeds benefit the Yoga Health Foundation’s Health Education Programs in Schools and Autism Speaks. The Ekam Yoga Center is located at 7036 #B FM 1960 East in the Atascocita Plaza. For more information, call Maggie Grueskin and Evelyn Allen at 281-358-9642 or visit www.ekamyoga.com. Photo: Participants enjoy a relaxing yoga class at Ekam Yoga Center.

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