Free Yoga Events Planned During May At Stadiums In Dover, New Phila

Yoga promotes numerous mental and physical benefits.

The month of May is recognized as “Mental Health Awareness Month.”

To promote the benefits of yoga for both mental and physical health, the Behavioral Health Center at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and Be Yoga Studios in Dover are partnering to present two free community yoga events during May.

Events are planned on May 6 at Crater Stadium in Dover and on May 20 at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in New Philadelphia. Both events will begin at 7 p.m. and in the case of inclement weather, will be moved to the high school gyms at Dover (May 6) and New Philadelphia (May 20).

Both events are open to participants of all ages, are expected to last about an hour each and are completely free of charge. They are being offered in cooperation with the Dover and New Philadelphia school districts for the free use of their stadiums and facilities.

“May is Mental Health Month and we are inviting everyone in our community to consider joining us on a yoga mat to overcome the mountains ahead in their lives,” said Jessica Kinsey, Director of Social Services and Integrated Care at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. “The benefits of yoga are now well known and we are fortunate that our events will be led by Sarah Gift-Defazio of Be Yoga Studios and thank her for her commitment to this community program.”

Kinsey said that yoga has become a preferred form of exercise and relaxation for many people because of the mental and physical benefits, which include:

  • Yoga helps with anxiety and depression
  • Yoga boosts memory and improves concentration
  • Yoga increases power and endurance for athletes
  • Yoga prevents onset of mental health conditions, which are prevalent during adolescence
  • Yoga reduces the effects of traumatic experiences

Kinsey stressed that beginners or those who are considering yoga for the first time are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend the events. No registration is necessary and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable exercise clothing and comfortable shoes.

For more information, call the Behavioral Health Center at Union Hospital at (330) 308-3700.

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