Rock River Wellness Web brings T. Padma Yoga to Oregon

OREGON—Rock River Wellness Web (RRWW) will bring T. Padma Yoga to Oregon, Ill., starting in February.

RRWW, a local, grassroots cooperative effort to provide information and programming for personal wellness, organized earlier this year to offer Oregon residents easier access to yoga.

Retired Oregon teacher Avi folk stressed “most of the participants in this meeting have engaged in personal wellness work, but have had to go outside of town and have done so pretty much on their own. The possibility of a community-based wellness center was very appealing.”

Christina Jensen, local chiropractor, said: “But we want to start small and see what the response will be. This is a grassroots effort. If it happens, it will be because the time is right and the cooperation of many minds and hands make it a reality.”

T. Padma Yoga was founded in Rockford by yoga instructor Theresa Taphorn in 1993. Theresa studied Hatha Yoga with Ganga White and Tracey Rich of the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif. She continues to study with Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and other highly regarded teachers.

Besides classes offered at her yoga studio, Taphorn has presented classes and workshops at health fairs, public schools, corporation’s medical centers, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Benchmark Health Plans of Rockford, and Strong Spirit Wellness Center in Chicago.

Taphorn’s approach uses yoga postures, along with diaphragmatic breathing, to create an awareness of subtle energy, a sense of balance and well-being. Participants learn to stretch and strengthen every muscle and joint in the body, release tension and increase concentration. Taphorn stresses that “the postures presented are not goals to fit your body into but tools to help you grow. You will feel stronger, more flexible, more focused, more relaxed.”

There are no religious implications in this practical approach to Hatha Yoga. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke or bind. It is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline that connects the mind and body. The practice is estimated to be more than 2,000 years old.

The cost of the hour-and-a-half sessions will be $80 for an eight-week session. Each class will be open to any level of practice, age or gender.

“Each person works at their own level of comfort,” Taphorn said. “My style of teaching accommodates this diversity.”

Classes will be limited to eight to 10 people to ensure optimal learning and personal attention.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing, and are encouraged to bring a yoga mat (or purchase one from the instructor on the first night of the class). Participants should also bring a light blanket, shawl or throw.

Classes will be held on the second floor of Conover Square in Oregon. Registrations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Different classes and times are as follows:

Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. or 8:30-10 p.m. Cost is $80 for eight weeks. First session runs Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Second session runs April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24.

Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m. or 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is $80 for eight weeks. First session runs Feb. 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Second session runs April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18, 25.

Lunch Hour Stress Break: Short class for stretching and relaxation only. Thursdays, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Cost is $40 for eight weeks.

To register for a yoga class, contact Christina Jensen at 732-3753 after 6 p.m.

From the Frb. 8-14, 2006, issue

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