Mirrors reflect multicolored walls at Parahelium Art and Yoga Studio, where Terra Scott opened Terra Sol Yoga on Feb. 1.

 

"I've been teaching yoga for almost five years," Scott said.

 

Practicing yoga gave her relief from restless leg syndrome, which in turn caused sleepless nights.

 

"I had insomnia pretty much my whole life, until I discovered yoga," Scott said. "I realized finally, after discovering yoga, that I could stretch before bed and breathe with the lights down and I would actually feel like I could be still, because I would stretch all that restless energy out."

 

Scott studied yoga at the White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, and currently teaches classes in North Newton and Halstead.

 

"Last summer, I didn't have a studio, so I had classes outside, which was so fun. I will still have classes outside this summer, but not all of them," Scott said.

 

Terra Sol Yoga offers yoga classes for groups, private lessons and is starting a session of chair yoga for those with limited mobility.

 

"I really love teaching all levels," Scott said. "I want to have something for everybody."

 

If there is enough interest, a children's yoga session will be held this summer.

 

In addition to the yoga classes, Terra Sol Yoga is hosting "Creating Culture" from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 11.

 

"There's going to be live music, food and live painting," Scott said. "I really want it to be a welcoming place."

 

Yoga has many benefits for a person's health and wellbeing.

 

"I think it just really helps to get you to know yourself — slow down your mind, slow down your breath, feel more at peace, feel healthier, release tension," Scott said. "I think that yoga can help with everything that you have, as long as you're doing it right and you're nurturing your body and you're listening to your body."

 

Yoga positions (called asanas) aid in promoting blood circulation, good posture and flexibility.

 

"Yoga helps you become more aware of your body, of how you're holding your body, of your relationship with your body," Scott said. "It helps you become aware of your thoughts, it helps to deal with anxiety, insomnia and depression."

 

Practicing yoga can give people a greater awareness of their bodies and thoughts.

 

"It empowers people, because a lot of people, especially in this day and age, have their health out of their hands. They feel like they don't know what's wrong with them or how to fix it," Scott said.

 

Scott encourages beginners to attend the group classes.

 

"Everyone's totally focused on themselves, but there's a sense of unity you get when you're breathing together," Scott said.

 

Being mindful of breathing is a key element in yoga.

 

"When you focus and breathe and sit with yourself, that's the deepest and most important work that you can do," Scott said. "If you can do that, you can do anything. If you can face what's uncomfortable in your own body, you can face what's uncomfortable in the outside world."

 

Terra Sol Yoga offers an "All Levels" class at 6:15 p.m. on Mondays at the Kansas Learning Center for Health, 505 Main St. in Halstead and at 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 p.m. Fridays at Parahelium Art and Yoga Studio, 2500 N. Main in North Newton. A "Level II Flow" class is taught at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and "Chair Yoga" is held at 4 p.m. Fridays, both at the North Newton location.

 

For more information about Terra Sol Yoga, visit http://terrasolyoga.wixsite.com/breathe or call 316-217-2704.