Focusing on Body and Mind

Story Number: NNS171128-06Release Date: 11/28/2017 10:32:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Sipe USS George Washington Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Whenever someone thinks of a workout, the first thing that may come to their mind might be running or weightlifting, but there are many more activities that one can do, including yoga.

On the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Sailors have the opportunity to attend yoga classes, on a first come first serve basis, at the floating accommodation facility (FAF).

"It doesn't matter if you've done it before," said Lt. Karla Krasnoselsky, the instructor of the yoga class. "Anyone who is interested can come and participate in a class no matter how much experience they have. I wanted to give anyone an opportunity to get a workout without having to leave the FAF."

Krasnoselsky encourages anyone and everyone to come join in and take part in the yoga classes. Both Sailors with experience and those that are new to yoga are welcome in the classes as Krasnoselsky said the sessions are run with safety and a good workout in mind.

"We don't want it to feel painful," said Krasnoselsky. "We want it to feel, as we say here, delicious. I encourage that if anything starts hurting during a pose to not do it or to modify it. We come for a good workout and to feel relaxed, not to hurt something."

The classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1200 in the FAF gym. According to Krasnoselsky, Tuesdays are high intensity with a lot of sweating and Thursdays are less intense sessions where you focus on being mindful of your movements.

"I feel so good after doing it," said Interior Communication Specialist Seaman Kenya Rocha, a regular of the yoga classes. "You just feel so lightweight and upbeat afterwards and I love it. Everyone else in my department is just moping around and I'm over there feeling great. I even try the poses at home and after I'm done weightlifting to get that feeling."

Along with Rocha, other Sailors who took the class said that they feel much better after they started going to the sessions. Sailors said they started off not knowing if they would like it, but ended up coming back after they realized how good they felt and how much fun they had.

"It doesn't only help with physical health either," said Krasnoselsky. "It also helps with mental health. It encourages you to not just be flexible, but to be mindful of all the movements you make during a session."

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies suggest that practicing yoga might have health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure. It may also help relieve anxiety and depression in some individuals.

George Washington Sailors are invited to attend and for more information they can contact Lt. Karla Krasnoselsky in the FAF gym for further details.

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