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Achieve A Sense of Calmness at Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being

By Jake Levin

Through yoga, Wanda DeVaughn found a way to not only enrich her life but also the lives of others.

Eighteen years ago DeVaughn opened the doors to the Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being in Marietta, Ga., beginning the chapter of her life in which she would help people in a way that is beyond words and rich in experience, she said.

After her first class, she realized that the practice of yoga embodied self-awareness, breathing and compassionate healing in amazing ways that could benefit people on all levels. She began practicing with joy, and soon after received her certification as a yoga therapist.

DeVaughn had previously worked solely as a psychotherapist but decided to merge the mediums together in creating her space at 317 Alexander St., a place where many people comment on the sense of calm and healing that overcomes them just by walking in the center.

The practice of yoga, meditation, non-competitiveness, laughter, sharing and friendship enrich the center with energy that builds through the years, DeVaughn said. Specific forms of yoga taught at the center include vinyasa, prenatal, restorative, yin and gentle, all ranging from beginning, intermediate and advanced classes.

"The benefits are breath awareness and practice, and awareness of their bodies, minds, emotions, and spirit," DeVaughn said. "They will develop strength, tone, flexibility, focus, self-acceptance and compassion. They will learn how to release stress, and deepen their connection to inner wisdom and serenity."

Meditation, which comes in many forms, according to DeVaughn, helps develop focus and mindfulness for students. There are free meditation classes offered from Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being has teachers who are certified, knowledgeable and experienced, all of whom have been at the center for many years. Class sizes are small, making individual attention a priority so as to avoid injuries. One-on-one sessions are available as well.

"The atmosphere is non-judgmental and accepts people on all levels of ability," DeVaughn said.

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