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Kundalini Yoga now offered At Camp Foster USO

By Pfc. Kelcey Seymour | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | October 23, 2017

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CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – -- A new Kundalini Yoga program is available for the military community at the Camp Foster USO.

The classes are held every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. The USO offers the class as a way for the military community to relax and connect with their spirit. With yoga’s popularity, the USO hopes to provide people with an activity they enjoy.

Kundalini Yoga was brought to the U.S. in 1968 by Yogi Bhajan, the founder of the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization. Before that, it was only taught in India. Kundalini Yoga is unique because it combines physical yoga stretches, singing meditation and full breathing exercises to create a well-rounded physical, mental and spiritual workout. Each student takes something different from the class.

Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness; balancing the body, mind and soul. It is well-suited for unpredictable lifestyles, and refreshes students for the next day.

“Service members are in an environment that has daily stress and deal with people in a very distinct way,” said Sandra Gonzalez, the class yoga instructor. “They have lived through so many different experiences in their time of service. Kunadlini Yoga can help them de-stress and center themselves. They can connect with their divine and continue on stronger.”

According to Gonzalez, service members and their families may benefit from the class’ breathing exercises and full body stretches. The breathing exercises the classes preform expands the lung’s capacity, which would help with breathing while conducting cardio activities. The stretches loosen tightly bound muscles and encourages blood flow. The improved blood flow strengthens the nervous system, allowing for improved reaction times.

“I got to take time for myself to try to breathe and relax, which doesn’t normally happen in my day to day life,” said Samantha Kakouris, a Camp Foster resident.  “This class gives me time to concentrate on my needs. It lets me manage my stress and gives me quiet time.”

For more information about the class contact the Camp Foster USO at 315-645-2665 or towens@uso.org.


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