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Live Large at Living Yoga

By Jake Levin

The best part of yoga for Marla Matthews is to be able to bring it to people on a daily basis.

Matthews owns Living Yoga in the heart of downtown Concord, N.H., where fabulous instructors help create a supportive and welcoming environment for not only those who are seasoned yoga practitioners, but those who are just giving yoga a try for the first time as well.

"Yoga helped me work through some difficult times in my life and find peace and it is truly an honor to be able to share that with other people," said Matthews, who specializes in Ayurveda yoga and is an RYT-500 (registered yoga teacher).

"Yoga," which means "yoke," benefits the body by providing a connection between the body, mind and spirit, Matthews said. It can benefit a practitioner on a fundamental level by both lengthening and strengthening your muscles, but there's so much more that goes into it than that, according to Matthews.

"It is a way to connect your breath with movement, find peace and reconnect with you," she said.

Matthews advises new practitioners to try as many classes as possible at first and try to settle on the class that best suits your individual needs. There are so many types of yoga to choose from that the number of classes could seem overwhelming, but the variety is there so that you can settle on something you're comfortable with.

At Living Yoga, everything from Power Flow to Slow Flow and Yin Yoga are offered.

"Some people like to feel like they got a 'workout' at yoga and they prefer a fast-moving flow style of class," Matthews said. "Other people want to slow it down and reconnect with their breath and a Slow Flow class would be more beneficial. What works for you may change from day to day, week to week, and year to year."

To learn more about this yoga studio in the capital of New Hampshire, be sure to check out its website at www.livingyoganh.com.

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