HOLTVILLE — Often known for many civic engagements and providing recreation and scholarships for youth, the Woman’s Club of Holtville also seeks to take care of its own with programs of uplift and vitality.
As such, it
saw no better way to start the new year than to commit to get fit. The focus at
the club’s 2020 kickoff meeting Jan. 8 was a presentation of yoga postures from
instructor Lauren Layton.
Also a legal
assistant and elementary school teacher, Layton is celebrating the first
anniversary of her Yoga with Lola classes.
Yoga is for
any age, size, gender and, if done diligently, can be fun and offer many
healthful benefits, explained Layton. It can build flexibility, balance and help
with breathing and cardiac issues.
encourage this to be fun and you can do it from your chair, so we’ll use the
chair and the floor since the older we get, getting on the floor and getting
back up gets more difficult,” said Layton. “The more you do yoga, the
easier it gets. It’s amazing what consistency over time does. You can increase
your flexibility by 35 percent over eight weeks.”
began with simple yoga poses and implored members of the packed Woman’s Club
hall to breath in and out through their nose to stay hydrated. Breathing
through the mouth dries a person out and is not good for the lungs.
releases negative toxins in our body. One thing in yoga, whatever you do to one
side of the body, you must do to the other side to stay in balance,” she
said. “Do yoga four or five times a week and we start to build muscle
memory and balance.”
break, Pam Edwards, Woman’s Club member, noted she loved the presentation
because she explained that any activity that gets women of a certain age up,
they will feel better whether they intended to or not.
should do something like yoga every meeting, have some physical activity,”
said Edwards. “It should be short and simple so everybody can participate
because the age of some of our women limits their mobility. If I knew I was
going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
increases a person’s metabolism and twisting into yoga poses releases tension
between organs, gets the blood pumping faster. That creates body heat and helps
digest food faster, as well as decreasing cravings for between-meal snacks,
or slow, yoga practice creates a heat and gets our heart pumping and since it’s
a muscle we build up strength and keeping it active helps battle any cardiac
issues,” she said. “Yoga can decrease lactic acid in muscles. If you
sit a long time, you’ll build up lactic acid that feels like knots. But yoga
breaks up lactic acid and decreases joint pain.”
Chambers, another Woman’s Club member, said she gets some of her routine exercise
helping with the clubs’ garden.
think it’s always good to do stretching and today was a good reminder,”
said Chambers. “I walk around Holtville but I need to remind myself to
stretch first. We (girlfriends) like to walk with a grabber and we help clean
up Holtville sidewalks.”
also an aid to digestion and helps move food through the gastrointestinal
system and avoid stomach disorders, explained Layton.
it’s consistency because you can’t do it once and expect miracles,” she
said. “By making yoga a way of life, you make it a part of a daily
Yaryan, another club gardener, said she gets some of her exercise by growing
tomatoes and carrots, which she uses as part of her Netherland dwarf rabbit’s
yoga was wonderful and I need more exercise,” said Yaryan. “I usually
walk an hour on my treadmill in my garage but it’s been too cold to spend an
hour in the garage.”
she started yoga seven years ago after a stressful time of caring for her
mother, who was fighting cancer. Consulting her doctor, she was prescribed
anti-depressants or told she might try yoga. Not only did yoga relieve stress
but it helped with weight loss and minimized anger issues, she recalled.
year ago I decided to start teaching yoga to help other people,” Layton
said. “It’s just awesome to see other people improve.”