Nicci Funk, with the Sedalia Parks and Recreation and Dresden School District, taught a 20-minute yoga session Wednesday at the Read Community Center on East 24th Street. Funk is showing the class the Utkatasana or chair pose. The group of three yoga teachers and two students gathered to celebrate National Yoga Month and the autumn equinox Wednesday.
Front row, from left, yoga instructors Sue Guffin, with State Fair Community College Learning Force and Total Fitness Gym, Funk, and Irene Renauld, SFCC and Brian’s Gym, and back row, students Kate Koenig and Vicki Mewes, perform variations of the lunge pose. Koenig has been involved with yoga for 20 years. “I started with Irene and have done the circuit in Sedalia,” she said. “I’m a believer in the benefits of yoga.”
Funk said the purpose of her 20-minute session was to quiet your mind, listen to your breath, and tune your body into what you are feeling. Yoga is used to lengthen the spine and strengthen the body’s core, she added. Funk, Renauld and Guffin are members of the Sedalia Area Yoga Teachers Association. On Wednesday, each instructor was teaching a 20-minute class at the Read Community Center.
Vicki Mewes strikes a prayer pose Wednesday during Funk’s 20-minute class at Read Community Center. Approximately 10 yoga classes are available throughout the week through SFCC, Brian’s Gym, Total Fitness, Body Retreat and Sedalia Parks and Recreation.
Renauld, a member of the Sedalia Yoga Teachers Association, holds a peaceful stance during a yoga class Wednesday. She said those interested in taking yoga classes may visit the group’s Facebook page to access the weekly schedule.
Yoga instructor Guffin, center, and class strike a ballerina-style mountain pose during Nicci Funk’s class Wednesday. “Yoga is accessible to any age at any stage, it’s for everyone,” student Koenig, left, said. “You never end in yoga, the pose is always evolving.”
Yoga instructor Funk has the class perform a twisted prayer pose Wednesday. “You pull your hands right to your heart,” she said. “Yoga means union; to me it means love.”
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat