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Yoga therapist: Start year with 'daily intentions'

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Yoga Therapy teacher Laura Jones said the best way to be successful in achieving New Year’s resolutions is to set “daily intentions.”

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Yoga therapy teacher Laura Jones helps her students achieve health and well-being goals through her classes at Body Kinect Wellness Center on Main Street in Elizabeth City.

“I am just there to guide them and help them on their journey,” said Jones.

Jones maintains the best way to be successful in achieving New Year’s resolutions is to set “daily intentions.”

“Set daily intentions to really look at what during the day is going to support your resolutions,” said Jones. “The key is to really notice what actions you take during the day to support your goal.”

Jones offers a Gentle Community Yoga class on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Body Kinect Wellness Center.

Jones said preregistration for the class is not required.

“Beginners are welcome,” said Jones.

“It allows you to integrate practice and really relax,” said Jones.

Jones commences her classes with a moment to allow participants to center. She incorporates breathing work and gentle movement, transitioning to stronger poses for “strength and stability.”

While Jones finds advantages of all poses in yoga, she does have one that she frequently practices.

“I find myself doing Warrior II quite a bit,” said Jones. “It is empowering and builds confidence and stability.”

Sessions conclude with Savasana and guided meditation.

“I always encourage them to listen to their body, and don’t do anything that hurts,” said Jones.

“I also offer private group classes and private individual sessions,” said Jones.

“Basically the beauty of private sessions is that they are geared toward the individual.”

Jones first participated in a yoga class in 1999 when she was a college student.

“I felt amazing,” said Jones.

Jones became a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching classes for four years.

Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Curry College in Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing her master of science degree in yoga therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Jones, whose husband is in the U.S. Coast Guard, commutes on the weekends to Maryland to fulfill her degree requirements.

“Yoga therapy is an emerging field,” said Jones.

Jones said that yoga helps people “respond to life rather than react to it.”

Jones has clients who have medical conditions like chronic pain and arthritis. Through her graduate studies, Jones has worked with clients who have early stage dementia in a memory clinic.

Jones is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a Reiki practitioner.

“I believe this is my purpose to help people find themselves through yoga,” said Jones.

A schedule of Jones’ classes is available at the Body Kinect Wellness Center Facebook page and website at https://bodykinectwellness.com.

Jones is co-instructing with Krista Ginn, “Manifesting Change in 2018,” an intentions setting workshop, on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. For more information or to preregister for the event contact Jones at 508-345-9324 or laurajonesyoga@gmail.com.

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