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Your Brain on Yoga

10 am Wednesday, July 17, on Focus: Find out how yoga compares to more traditional exercise, and learn about different styles of yoga.

Participants in a yoga study.

Participants in a yoga study.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is becoming more and more popular as a form of exercise in the West. Many people, however, will say that yoga is much more than exercise or that it can’t be classified as exercise at all. Guest host Lindsey Moon talks with incoming professor of kinesiology at Wayne State University Neha Goethe about a study she recently completed at the University of Illinois comparing yoga practice to more traditional exercise. Mare Payne, who was a part of Neha’s study, also joins us.

Then during the second half of the show, we’ll hear from Jennifer Allen, a yoga instructor from Champaign. She’ll tell more about the different styles of yoga and why some people strongly oppose the idea that yoga is a form of exercise. She also tells us more about yoga’s history, and Lindsey talks with her about how yoga in the West is different from its more traditional forms.

The Urbana Park District is sponsoring free yoga classes in Meadowbrook Park on Saturdays this summer. Find more information about those classes.