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Yoga Instructor Finds Peace at BLOOM

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Before each session, yoga instructor Norine Gammon makes certain that she and her class are centered—free of any distractions and concerns that may preoccupy their minds.

Since she began leading classes at BLOOM Collaborative in January, Norine, an instructor with more than two decades of experience, has experienced a greater sense of mindfulness in BLOOM’s yoga studio.

 “I’ve really seen a shift, even in myself, doing yoga in the studio,” Norine says. “It’s easy to get distracted at the gym; you hear music from Body Pump classes next door and people exercising. The BLOOM studio really helps you to center more.”

A quiet, tranquil yoga space is one feature unique to BLOOM that has proven to be a valuable asset to both Stairways Behavioral Health clients and non-clients alike.

Each Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., Norine can be found in this space leading classes intended to reduce stress and increase mindfulness among Stairways clients who suffer from severe mental illnesses and low self-esteem.

A practitioner for more than two decades who earned her teaching certification in 2007, Norine also teaches yoga and aerobics at Nautilus Fitness Center and Gannon University as well as at local high schools. She has extensive experience teaching yoga for therapeutic purposes, leading chair and gentle yoga classes for individuals with physical limitations.

In addition to her client classes, Norine teaches two classes open to the public at BLOOM: Barre — a strengthening movement class that integrates yoga, Pilates and ballet — each Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and a Thursday night Radiant Flow yoga that starts at 5:30 p.m.

Norine, 46, who is an accomplished endurance athlete, has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. But she perhaps feels an even greater payoff when witnessing the progress a Stairways client makes in her yoga class.

“It’s so cool,” she says, “to be able to see people who can’t even stretch (themselves) out increase their flexibility and increase their mindfulness.”

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