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Power-lunch yoga
Posted Monday, December 6, 2004 - 9:10 pm

By Price Atkinson

A demonstration of Virabhadrasana or Warrior Posture. Staff photo

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    A dimly lit room. Mesmerizing music. Trickling water in the back corner.

    Front and center, John Del Falvero leads the Power-Lunch Yoga class at Yoga Haus on East North Street. Five people follow the movements of Del Favero.

    While it's an abbreviated version compared to most of the classes, Power- Lunch Yoga is just 50 minutes and gives a chance to blow off some steam and get refocused for the afternoon.

    "It's more of a stress reliever," Alison Rice said. "It's a way to take a break in the middle of the day."

    The class is open to anyone, regardless of yoga background. First-timers and visitors from out of town are also welcome.

    Convenience is a big reason people attend during the lunchtime hour.

    "I'm maybe about 10 or 15 minutes away from work, so it's convenient for me to come here after work as well," Naomi Mattana said.

    Both said they liked it so much that Mattana is now an instructor, while Rice is currently in training.

    "I found that I needed a break (during the day) and to do something for myself," Rice said. "Yoga itself was for betterment issues and personal improvement as well as the physical aspect of it."

    "I had a shoulder injury from a car accident and I tried massages, running and dancing, and yoga was the only one that helped it. It kind of motivated me to carry it on," Mattana said. "You learn more about your body, yourself and your own anatomy, so you know where your weak and strong points are and how far you can push yourself."

    Yoga emphasizes breathing and helps with your balance and flexibility.

    Clemson native Valerie Scott-Wagner works in Greenville as a headhunter and executive recruiter. She found the class flexible and a way to blow off some steam, while doing something other than going to the gym.

    "It's a great way to lose weight, stay flexible and get some good muscle tone," she said. "It kind of pulls you back and brings you to the center. More than anything, it just kind of helps clear your mind and beats walking around the block."


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