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F-M grad teaches yoga at Manlius Swan Pond

Trish Gallen leads a yoga class at the Swan Pond Saturday, June 30.

Trish Gallen leads a yoga class at the Swan Pond Saturday, June 30. Photo by Ned Campbell.

What do these classes entail?

“My bootcamp classes are a complete full body workout. All body weight based exercises and movements geared towards torching calories. It's a great addition to an existing fitness routine or a great way to begin a new one. (Tuesday and Thursday 9:15 to 10:15 a.m./5 to 6 p.m.)

“My dynamic vinyasa yoga class is a fun, vibrant yoga practice with lots of movement and current music. Vinyasa yoga is a flowy, stretchy practice that warms the muscles through breath and postures in order to stretch and lengthen. If I could bottle the feeling you get after a class and sell that, I would! (Saturdays 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.)

“Kids yoga classes are great for kids ages 4 to 7. It's a fun and silly introduction to yoga. I let the postures tell the story! Sometimes we go on a ‘surfing ride’ and try to shape ourselves into the animals we meet on our ‘journey.’ Laid back, easy and fun. (Saturdays 10 to 10:45 a.m.)"

Who can take them?

"All my classes are open level and I have a real 'one size fits all' approach. There are modifications and enhancements for everything. A base level of fitness is always a plus, but by no means a requirement. And you don't need to be ‘flexible’ to practice yoga. Yoga is for everybody. It's more important to have a desire to learn, breathe and connect."

How are the classes going so far?

“Classes have been great. It's growing bit by bit everyday. People leave feeling happy and healthy. Also they're able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and be outside.”

Gallen’s fitness and yoga classes run through Labor Day and cost $60 for five sessions, $110 for 10 or $150 for 15. Punch cards can be purchased at the Manlius Village Centre. For more information, call 682-7887.

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