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Yoga by the water (or in it) offered at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Matthew Lane • Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM

KINGSPORT — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a yoga class in the water? Well, now’s your chance.

The Kingsport Aquatic Center will be hosting Lazy River yoga classes this summer for both members and nonmembers. And in case you’re not interested in working out in the water, the facility will also be hosting poolside yoga classes.

The Lazy River class is open to all fitness levels. Participants will perform exercises while moving against or with the current of the river. Modifications will be provided by the instructor when necessary, and participants do not have to know how to swim to take the class, as the water is only 3 feet deep.

CLASS SCHEDULE FOR JUNE AND JULY

Lazy River Class

— Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

— Tuesday and Thursday: 7:40 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Poolside Yoga (you must provide your own mat)

— Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Water Aerobics classes are $5 for KAC/YMCA members, $4 for members of the Kingsport Senior Center and $7 for nonmembers. Monthly passes are also available for water aerobics classes. KAC and YMCA members can purchase an unlimited monthly pass for $40, Kingsport Senior Center members for $32 and nonmembers for $45.

Classes do not require preregistration. Participants can sign up and pay for classes on the day of the class. For more information, call (423) 343-9758 or visit www.swimkingsport.com.

BENEFITS OF YOGA

The average 30-minute pool workout burns approximately 300 calories. It takes the elimination of 3,500 calories to burn off a pound of body fat. A minimum three to four times per week pool workout is recommended, so a mere three to four weeks will result in measurable weight loss.

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Natalie Nevins, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified kundalini yoga instructor in Hollywood, California. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

— Increased flexibility

— Increased muscle strength and tone

— Improved respiration, energy and vitality

— Maintaining a balanced metabolism

— Weight reduction

— Cardio and circulatory health

— Improved athletic performance

— Protection from injury

Source: American Osteopathic Association

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