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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 22, 2013

Northwest offering Hatha yoga retreat to public

Registration is open for the first Hatha yoga retreat from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Northwest Missouri State University.

The retreat will take place in The Station, located on the Northwest campus and feature seven licensed yoga instructors, including Northwest employees Alicia Francis, Rhonda Lesley and Mike Mattock. Lesley, a counselor in Northwest Personal Development and Counseling Services, also teaches a free yoga class each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon on the Northwest campus.

It is open to the public and no prior yoga experience is necessary. The cost to register is $39 with proceeds going toward the purchase of equipment to support yoga classes on the Northwest campus.

Limited quantities of yoga mats will be available for use during the day, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own mat and a pillow

Hatha yoga is a gentle, easily mastered practice for relaxation, balance, strength and flexibility. New studies suggest yoga supports healthy immune functioning, emotional regulation, stress management, and improves physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure, muscle and joint stiffness, insomnia and low back pain. Many yoga participants report a sense of heightened mental and physical wellness and relaxation after experiencing just one session of Hatha yoga. It also helps to promote an interdependence between mind, body and spirit, and helps participants find balance in life.   

To register or learn more about the retreat sessions and instructors go to

The retreat is sponsored by Northwest Personal Development and Counseling Services and Wellness Services.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468