Health & Fitness

By Leslie Rice Hart

Don’t let planning your wedding turn you into Bridezilla. Stay composed and unruffled with some yoga.

Yoga is a great form of exercise that creates a harmony between your body, mind and spirit. It is also an excellent way to attain relaxation and relieve stress. For this reason, yoga is great to practice when preparing for your wedding day.
Soothe your mind and body, release anxieties and find a quiet space within yourself when all the matrimonial planning is making you crazy.
You’ll stretch and tone the body while getting out any kinks that might have built up and believe me, those whom have planned a wedding know about those constant kinks!

You’ll learn techniques to keep you calm, cool and totally collected, so you can float down the aisle with both feet firmly planted on the ground.
And why should you be the only one basking in the bliss of harmony, bring your fiancée along. He’ll need some relief from stress, too.

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The happy couple could try “Bride and Groom Yoga”, the name given by yoga instructor, Ricki Grater LCSW, ADTR who has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She creatively combines yoga practices from various schools (Hatha, Anusara, Vinyasa, and Kundalini) with meditation and breathing exercises.
As a couple, Bride and Groom Yoga will teach you how to support, stretch, strengthen and balance together. This is a practice of awakening, leading to a deeper understanding of yourself and a more personal connection with your fiancée. This is a practice of giving and receiving, trusting yourself and trusting your partner, but most of all having fun together!

Learn hands-on assists to support and deepen the experience with your future spouse, as well as help each other relax and release into a deeper state of trust and well-being. The support of another allows a profound letting go that we may not find in our personal practice. This is a fantastic way to grow closer and create a balance in your relationship outside of the practice.

Another great and fun way to enjoy yoga is with your bridal party yoga session. This is such a great way to bond with your friends and family, at the same time giving them a wonderful gift they will benefit from long after the wedding is over.
Need a little mind, body and spirit boost before the nuptials? Be a harmonious bride and groom try any or all of the bridal yoga packages and

Yoga for the Bride:

Treat yourself to an hour and a half of yoga. No prior yoga experience is necessary.
Yoga Studio is on 26th and Broadway in Manhattan.
Hour and half session: $140/Package of 4 sessions: $540
Home and Office visits are also available

Please visit www.Shantispace.com to learn more about Ricki and her many offerings.

Originally published May 2006
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