Yoga can be a great form of exercise, providing not only stretch but strength. But not everyone loves yoga, and as Catherine Hansen tells us, there's a new class in town for those looking to find Peace Through Profanity.
And now, "To Your Health". Brought to you by Hart Drugs, Third Avenue Pharmacy and the Phoenix Pharmacy.
(Catherine Hansen - Reporter:)
A quick glance shows an average yoga class, but turn the volume up and it's full of swear words.
(Zandra Ross - Fitness Leader:)
"There's a lot of inhaling and exhaling, with of course some lovely whatever. Some are chosen by me and some are chosen by the participants, so we don't want to have it too structured. We have free swearing as well, at certain times for people."
It's called Peace Through Profanity, a beginners yoga and meditation class that involves using the 'f' and 's' word, and everything in between. Peace Through Profanity is the brainchild of Zandra Ross, a local fitness and life coach who wanted to find an alternative for those who don't like yoga.
"I wanted to find something that was more accessible for people that basically would say to me 'I hate yoga', and I'd go 'you haven't done it the right way yet'. So that's really what Peace Through Profanity is about, is making yoga accessible to an audience that it necessarily didn't think that they wanted to do it."
While it may be offensive to some, studies show swearing can increase muscle strength and stamina. Although the full science on swearing while working out has yet to be proven, it can offer some a great laugh and a release of tension.
"It is such that when you use it, it's almost like breathing in deeply in yoga, and what I say is exhale loud. That's really what it is. You're letting all of those - it's hard to be stressed when you're exerting outward pressure in your body, whatever it is, a deep breath or profanity. You are laughing usually while you're doing it."
Response so far has been very positive, and Ross is working to create even more yoga classes designed for those who are hesitant to step on the mat. For this group, the combination of stretch along with a little bit of profanity is working out. To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.
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