Exercising outside this summer isn’t an option for most people, given the increasingly extreme temperatures. Why not check out some fitness classes offered in an air-conditioned setting instead?

The Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel Ave., offers two evening yoga classes beginning this month that will help you release stress, stretch and tone your muscles and help focus your mind.

A Gentle Yoga class is offered for those ages 15 and older from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 2-25 (#106159) and July 7-30 (#106196). Cost is $45 for each four-week session. This is an all-levels yoga class taught by Emily Blanche, who has studied yoga since 1993. The class integrates meditation, restorative and yin yoga styles. There is strong emphasis on breathing and “listening” to your own body. This class will gently stretch your muscles and focus your mind leaving you centered, relaxed and refreshed.

Yoga for Stress Relief is offered to those ages 16 and older from 6 to 7:05 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 3-26 (#106160) and July 8-31 (#106198). This class is accessible to all levels and is designed to open and relax the body to bring more energy, vitality and better overall health physically, mentally and emotionally. Cost is $40 per session.

All yoga classes are available for drop-in as well as full session registration. Each drop-in is $6 and a valid recreation card is required. Cards are $10 and can be purchased in person at any recreation center or online.

For more information or to register, stop by the recreation center, visit http://phoenix.gov/parks/classes/index.html and click on “View Full Summer Class Schedule,” or call 602-262-6661.


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