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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Celebrating National Yoga Awareness Month

The Wellness Center to begin offering free community yoga classes Sept. 6

September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and doctors at Atrium Health Navicent want you to know the benefits that yoga can have on your health. Atrium Health Navicent Wellness Center will also be offering yoga classes free to the community in September.

Yoga is an exercise which incorporates breathing techniques, movement and meditation, and can be beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels.

“Research suggests that in addition to improving strength, balance and flexibility, yoga can ease back and arthritis pain and reduce stress and body inflammation to improve heart health,” said Dr. Sabry Gabriel, a family medicine physician practicing at Atrium Health Navicent Primary Care Internal and Family Medicine North Macon. “Before starting a new exercise program, always consult with your primary care provider to make sure it’s safe.”

Atrium Health Navicent Wellness Center will begin offering about a dozen yoga-inspired classes free to the community beginning on Sept. 6.

Classes offered during the kick-off include:

• Tuesday, Sept. 6: 8:30 a.m. Yoga, 11 a.m. Chair Yoga and 6:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga

• Wednesday, Sept. 7: 6:30 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga

• Thursday, Sept. 8: 9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga and 11 a.m. Chair Yoga

• Friday, Sept. 9: 8:30 a.m. Yoga Flow to the music of Beyonce and 4:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga

• Saturday, Sept. 10: 10:30 a.m. Yoga Basics

• Sunday, Sept. 11: 4:30 p.m. Warm Flow Yoga

“The Wellness Center is a great place to start your yoga journey. Who wouldn’t want added balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, stress relief and improved mental health? We all want that and need that,” said Lisa Seneker, manager of health promotion services for Atrium Health Navicent. “Our classes focus on the postures, called asanas, and each class hosts a multitude of abilities. Our guiding words are to do what you can that day. With practice, you will begin to reap the benefits. After all, it’s called a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect.” To learn more about Atrium Health Navicent Wellness Center, or to sign up for a class, call 478-477-2300 or visit navicenthealth.org/wellnesscenter. To locate a primary care provider, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org and choose "Find a Doctor."

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.