The Joslyn Art Museum is partnering with Yoga Now to offer free, hour-long yoga lessons every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. until the end of September.

These lessons are held outdoors in the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden, weather permitting.

Otherwise, the lessons are held over Zoom and can be accessed through the museum’s website.

These lessons are beginner-friendly and require participants to adhere to social distancing practices.

“We are being very thoughtful,” said Yoga Now instructor Deb Welk. “We’re just taking it one step at a time through this COVID pandemic, looking at when is it safe for us to open up a little bit more.”

In upholding the social distancing guidelines, Yoga Now is currently holding all yoga lessons online or outdoors.

Welk and her fellow instructors are continuing to make yoga accessible to all, regardless of experience or ability, by including free, virtual classes on their website.

While it is doing its best to spread mindfulness practices, Yoga Now wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of the community, so it asks that participants consider making a $5 donation.

“The main benefits [of yoga] are quieting the body, the mind and the spirit, turning inward and taking time to unwind the nervous system,” Welk said. “My passion is really teaching yoga and helping individuals take care of themselves.”

As a former health care worker, Welk is especially familiar with the feeling of exhaustion and lack of time for oneself. Yoga allowed Welk the time and space to breathe, relax and look inward.

After doing yoga for 13 years and teaching for about five years, Welk is a firm believer in the research behind yoga, and its ability to help relieve stress, strengthen the immune system and even improve quality of sleep.

Taking time to prioritize one’s mental health can change other aspects of life for the better. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of your day to relax and just breathe.

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