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Lotus Fire Yoga Heals the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Bodies

By Kelly Church

Tapping into the emotional, physical and spiritual sides of each person, Lotus Fire Yoga is a North Kingstown, RI studio owned by a yoga teacher with 15 years of experience. Joanie Flavin believes that she is particularly skilled in healing the physical and mental body. Lotus Fire Yoga offers private classes and accommodates for students of all experience levels, including those brand new to yoga.

"The advice I would give a novice to yoga is to simply get started," Flavin said. "Our minds are the only thing that holds us back from that. So, we commit to creating a new habit that is a healthy one."

New students have two options to make the most of their yoga practice, according to Flavin. Students can book private yoga sessions to determine their individual needs and work on specific areas for improvement. The alternative is to find a yoga studio that is in a convenient location, making it easy to stop in for a yoga class on a regular basis.

"The health benefits [of] yoga are multi-purpose," Flavin said. "The ancient practice has been around for centuries for a reason, because it works on all the systems of the body."

Flavin said the effects of yoga are emotional, physical and spiritual. A regular yoga practice can reduce stress, aide in detoxification of the body, support an overall well-being and offer a consistent form of exercise. Flavin credits yoga her own daily yoga practice with helping her manage all the facets of being a human being.

Lotus Fire Yoga also offers Thai yoga therapy, a form of massage that uses energy to heal the body. This form of massage also uses acupressure, stretching, twisting, meditation and energy work to reduce aches and pains that a student might be experiencing.

"The benefits to this are very similar to yoga, but you are passive and experiencing relaxation and flexibility," Flavin said.

Flavin teaches her classes at three different locations: Lotus Fire Yoga studio, All That Matters and Body Kneads Yoga. Flavin said she teaches open classes at the latter, and the variety of locations should give her students the opportunity to work yoga into their schedules regularly as she recommends.

"Unfortunately, we have been conditioned not to take great care of ourselves until something goes wrong," Flavin said. "Finding yoga in your lifestyle can be very preventative."

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