Yoga: Ancient practice, modern benefits


Sally McGlone got involved in yoga several years ago as a way to treat back trouble.
Diana Sauser took a yoga class to supplement a fitness routine and as a way to stretch and strengthen muscles. "This is part of my way to get new control over my life," she said. Both women have embraced yoga, an ancient practice of mind and body movement rooted in 5,000 years of tradition that has become mainstream today.
Yoga classes are available all around the Quad-Cities, but McGlone and Saucer are enrolled in one at the Trinity Enrichment Center in Davenport.
"More people are interested in getting involved in mind and body exercises," instructor Dena DeFauw said. "It's like having an hour's vacation from your life," said Jeani Mackenzie, who heads up the Davenport School of Yoga. Mackenzie, who has been practicing yoga since 1974, is an original Quad-City area instructor and was DeFauw's first teacher. There are various types of yoga, but Hatha yoga is the dominant form taught in this region. Area yoga schools typically offer beginning and advanced classes, drop-in sessions, introductory methods and related services, including massage.

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Yoga: Ancient practice, modern benefits