There is something about yoga that keeps people coming back. It has been with us for thousands of years, an ancient technique that helps bring the body, mind, and spirit into shape. Ancient yogis used its specific postures and breathing techniques to prepare their bodies for long periods of meditation.
These days, the motivation behind the practice varies. In western society, many use it as an alternative to aerobics. Any way you look at it: yoga is “in.” Yoga is everywhere, including Jim Thorpe, PA.
For over two years, Maya Kowalcyk has been holding Hatha-based yoga classes for all levels at various locations in and around Jim Thorpe. She began her study of yoga in 1997 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia beginning with a class that taught a blend of yoga poses and Pilates, an exercise system that focuses on building core strength. From then on, yoga has been an integral part of Ms. Kowalcyk’s life.
A runner and an avid backpacker, she suffered a knee injury during a backpacking trip in the Shenandoah National forest in 2007 that left her left knee painfully swollen for weeks. Running was out of the question, so she began to practice yoga more often to take its place.
After a few months, the pain in her knee was almost gone. She began running again, balancing her mileage with time on her yoga mat, and was amazed to find that she was pain-free.
After completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2008, Ms. Kowalcyk began teaching classes in Jim Thorpe. “The community of people that come together to practice is my most important reason for teaching yoga,” she explains.
“Yoga can heal you. It helped me to heal, and I’ve seen it heal many others. But no one can convice you,” she adds. ” The only way to understand is to experience it for yourself. You have to be willing and open.”
Ms. Kowalcyk offers weekly yoga classes at the Mauch Chunk Opera House and at Flow Restaurant & the CCCP Gallery. Individual sessions and small group classes are available. Ask about yoga parties for children and adults, and the Yoga Kids Camp: a week-long day camp with yoga and art activities, date TBA. Ms. Kowalcyk can be reached at 570-527-5453 or emailed at email@example.com for more information.