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Buddha Nest Yoga Is An Oasis for Practice

By Elisha Neubauer

Yoga has its health benefits such as increased strength and flexibility and weight loss, but yoga is traditionally a practice centered on the health of the mind, not the body. Of course, when the mind is healthy, it tends to have an effect on the body, too.

During the course of pranayama, a breathing exercise used in yoga, a student is taught to take their journey inward, focusing on mindfulness of attention. This practice spills over into the student's everyday life as it helps manage stress and shifts awareness to their inner world. This change allows the person to see more clearly.

"By learning to pay attention to what is happening now we may gradually let go of the perpetual worries about the past and the future and enjoy more moments of happiness in our lives," Anne Dries, Owner of Buddha Nest Yoga in Groton, Mass., said. "The practice of yoga as physical movement and pranayama aids the body in the process of meditation."

Dries focuses on helping others to experience these happier moments in life by creating a warm, welcoming environment for others to practice in. Her studio features pale blue walls and takes a minimalistic approach to décor, with only a few carefully chosen Buddhas placed around the studio. The cork flooring is 100 percent hypoallergenic, free of glues and toxic finishes, and is 100 percent renewable, as Dries believes it is important to preserve the environment as well.

The interior walls of the studio are insulated with a formaldehyde-free sound proofing material so noise from adjacent areas and outside distractions are minimized safely. The paint selected is low evoc grade, virtually free of any toxic chemicals, and a technologically advanced air purifying system is utilized to provide clean, healthy air free from pollens, dust, dust mites, bacteria, and other outside contaminants and pollutants.

While the studio is carefully crafted to provide an oasis to practitioners, the teachers are the finishing touch.

"Our teachers provide an attitude of support and welcome," Dries said. "You will not feel a sense of competition here, just real nice people of all sizes and shapes looking to feel better overall."

Dries encourages new students to come in for a beginner-friendly class. She believes it will give them the confidence that will allow them to practice yoga and enjoy the benefits for themselves.

"It is not a matter of how flexible or good at it you are, the focus is paying attention to how you feel," Dries said.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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