Dear Yoga Student and Wellness Client -

It is with great joy that I report the Yoga community is growing -- increasing numbers of people have taken the step to better health and balance in their lives. My last newsletter listed my Hauppauge Adult Ed class in Yoga, which started on February 28th for 8 classes on Monday nights; we had a sign-up of 58 students! I think we broke all records on that one! It is a great class, with dedicated students who have been faithfully coming to class.

My New Updated Website -- www.gracewelch.com

I invite those of you who are hooked on the Internet to visit my website. It is regularly updated, and has photos of some of my students, as well as articles, poems, notices of my classes and Yoga Intensives. Please tell family and friends who may have thought about doing Yoga, but were hesitant to take that first step. The articles explain fully what they can expect at their first class.

If you have a "testimonial" of how my yoga classes have helped you in your life, either physically, mentally or spiritually, and would like to share it with others, let me know and we can post it on my website's Bulletin Board. If you don't want your name used, we can post it with initials, or first name only. My email address is: welchyog@unix.asb.com.


For those students who want to immerse themselves in Yoga for an hour and a half, followed by 20 minutes of group meditation, with the vibrations of a Crystal Singing Bowl to wash over you, clearing your Chakras (energy centers), this may be "just what the doctor ordered." We will enjoy a complete Vegetarian Buffet and socializing.

Fee: $50. Your check reserves your space.

CHAKRAS - What are they?

Chakras are energy centers in the body. There are basically seven such centers: the root, at the base of the spine, the second one is at the pelvic area, the third at the navel - solar plexus , the fourth at the heart center, the fifth at the throat, the sixth is between the eyebrows (the third eye), the seventh at the crown of the head. In Sanscrit the word Chakras means Circle, and the theory is these swirling circles of energy empower us, and if blocked by illness, imbalance of any sort, we suffer, and feel debilitated. The regular practice of Yoga keeps these circles of energy open and flowing. When we Meditate, the action of being quiet and serene through proper breathing, emptying the mind and focusing on a spiritual word or thought, activates the upward motion of the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, clearing all the chakras on the way. There are techniques to achieve this, and practiced on a regular basis, restores and maintains good health. Harvard Studies by Dr. Herbert Benson have documented the health benefits of Meditation and its effect of lowering blood pressure, calming the nerves, and maintaining good health.

The recent news that the National Institute of Health is supporting a study of Dr. Dean Ornish's program for heart patients which includes 10% fat diet, yoga, meditation and group support is certainly encouraging. Dr. Ornish gives credit to his guru, Satchidananda, a disciple of Sivananda.


FRIDAYS - 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM - Intermediate - My home studio in Islandia
SATURDAYS - 10:30 AM TO 12 NOON & 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Islandia studio

Note: I have received calls asking for daytime classes. If any reader would like morning classes, please contact me, and I will develop a list of names and phone numbers. We need at least 5 prospective students to start a class.



G. Welch