Karen McKnight, YogaBall Instructor

| December 8, 2011
Karen McKnight.

Karen McKnight.

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time of the year.

Beneath the surface of all the cheer and warm-hearted greetings is a feeling of anxiety from the cooking, cleaning and shopping for that last-minute, one-of-a-kind gift.

While it’s easy to get bogged down by all the items on your holiday to-do-list, it’s important to schedule some time out for yourself.

With YogaBall classes by Karen McKnight, you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated as you face all the festivities that lie ahead this season.

I spoke with McKnight, owner of Yoga to Go, to learn about YogaBall and how the unique form of exercise will help handle the stress that comes with the holidays.

Where did the idea to teach YogaBall come from?
I came up on it while teaching in other gyms and fitness centers. It was one of the variations of yoga. It increases the stability aspect in the core of the body, and it allows additional support so you can get into poses as well as stay in poses longer if you’re unfamiliar with them. It’s great for a beginner and there’s an element of fun. You get to have a ball with a ball!

I hear you’re offering your YogaBall classes for free this month.
Yes, all of December. On Mondays, classes are at 2 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. There will be 12 yoga balls and mats available on a first-come, first-serve basis for each class, but I also highly recommend bringing your own because it’s a personal thing and personal space.

December can be an especially stressful month. Do you find YogaBall helps combat stress?
There are various yoga classes available in the yoga world and the general nature of yoga is destressing.

I found that using the ball helps relieve any stress that may come at this time of year. Life is just stressful period but with the holidays I thought it’d be a good time to add the YogaBall class. I even suggest people have a ball at home so you can hop on it anytime you want it. Some people have replaced desk chairs with exercise balls, too, so they can work on posture.

Karen McKnight.What are some other ways you can destress during the holidays?
The count to 10 method. I never really knew what was going on in that 10-count until I came to yoga class. While you’re counting to 10 you are concentrating on your breathing. With your mind, you follow your breath as it enters and leaves your nose. That will calm you down because your emotions can follow your breath.

How did you first get started with yoga?
I work in a factory at Ford Motor Company and I was physically injured just because of the repetitious work involved. Yoga was the way I was able to heal and be at my strongest.

Physical therapy never quite went long enough for me. And, the emotional injuries that come with injuries make you weary, but both were healed through consistent yoga.

I’m just in love with yoga and think that making it accessible with the ball will help people. I would really hope for everyone to come out to try it to relieve their stress for the holidays. I’m interested in helping the community find a new way to relieve stress.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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