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Yoga is a group of physical and mental practices or disciplines which originated in India around 400 A.D. to 500 A.D.  The term "yoga" in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga introduced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which includes the physical practice of postures and breathing called asanas.  Since 2001, the popularity of yoga in the USA has expanded. The number of people who practiced some form of yoga grew from 4 million in 2001 to 20 million in 2011.  


Because Yoga is a non-impact method of exercise that is suitable for healthy individuals of any age.  The American College of Sports Medicine supports the integration of yoga into the exercise regimens of healthy individuals as long as properly-trained professionals deliver instruction. The College cites yoga's benefits as a form of stretching, and as an enhancer of breath control and of core strength.  In recent years those in the medical community, particularly integrative medical practitioners, have embraced Yoga and have begun recommending Yoga as a means to promote relaxation, reduce stress, increase general health and well-being, and to strengthen and balance all parts of the body.  There is on-going research into whether Yoga may also improve  premenstrual syndrome, improve psychological health during cancer treatment, and have positive effects on overall mental health, although more evidence is needed to confirm these possible benefits.

At 5th Line Movement and Fitness classes are limited to a maximum of 8 students.  Instructors teach a blend of Hatha Yoga where certain poses are held for short durations, and Vinyasa Flow where  poses  flow seamlessly from one to the next.  Modifications for students of differing abilities  -- from beginners to advanced -- are given and particular emphasis is placed on performing the exercises correctly, safely.  Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, but to also always work withing their own level of ability. 

The studio provides eco-friendly Yoga mats made from natural, sustainable cork and recycled, natural rubber for each student.  Students are however, welcome to bring their own mats. Individuals who are allergic or sensitive to latex should definitely bring their own mat as rubber can cause the same allergic symptoms and sensitivities as latex.  Natural, sustainable cork Yoga blocks will also be provided as well as Yoga straps.  Water in a non-breakable, closed container is advisable as is a towel for those who tend to perspire more. 

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