Although yoga has been taught and practiced throughout the United States for many years, it remains a yet unfamiliar form of exercise for many Latinos in this country. Language barriers, lack of accessibility to yoga studios and little educational information about yoga's overall health benefits in Spanish, all play a factor as to why many Hispanics never get to experience the practice. Colombian-born yoga instructor and former actress, Lina Navia has set out to change this with the creation of ??mbral.
?£mbral, which means "beginning" or "threshold," is a program designed to educate the Latino community about the health benefits of yoga and most importantly, to inspire women and children to incorporate yoga into their lifestyle for improved overall health and wellness. Practicing yoga has shown to help increase flexibility, strength, create balance, reduce stress and build awareness of how the body and mind can work together as one.
By partnering with local health and community organizations, Lina has been able to introduce the program ??mbral to Latinos in Los Angeles offering low- or no- cost yoga classes in Spanish at a number of community centers and events in the area. She is now looking forward to expanding her program's reach with her new educational Spanish-language yoga video, "Yoga en Espa??ol con Lina Navia."
The "Yoga en Espa??ol con Lina Navia" DVD features:
- 50-minute beginner's yoga session for adults
- 25-minute yoga session for children ages 4-10
- Interview with Lina Navia
- Glossary of yoga poses
The DVD is available for purchase for $14.99 via www.umbralyoga.com.
"I designed the ??mbral program and instructional video to help motivate Hispanic women and children to experience the benefits of yoga and to learn how adaptable and meaningful it can be to their lifestyle," said Navia. "I'm confident that once people try it and experience the amazing benefits, the practice will grow in the Hispanic community."
Upcoming ??mbral Yoga Session (Los Angeles):
Lina has recently partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Network for a Healthy California - Los Angeles Region to offer ??mbral Yoga sessions at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles. The 1.5 hour introduction to yoga sessions are free of cost and will be in Spanish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00AM ÔÇô 11:30 AM from January 20 ÔÇô March 17, 2010.