New yoga centre opens, founder tells of its benefits
GLADSTONE's first yoga dedicated centre has opened by yogi of ten years, Paul Charalambous.
Mr Charalambous has become well-known in the yoga community by hosting events like the full moon yoga meet and Yoga in the City.
He wanted to create a space for people to learn the different types of yoga.
Since he started yoga ten years ago, he has felt benefits physically and mentally.
He said the deep breathing techniques allowed for better mentality that couldn't be reached by high intensity exercises or weight lifting.
"It's all to do with the meditation and the breathing.
"We shallow breathe a lot of the time and we're never using all of our lungs.
"Everyday life is getting so busy, we're always on the go ... but when you step away from the stresses of everyday life you can calm the mind and breathe at a deeper level you can calm the nervous system and that improves the overall health."
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Mr Charalambous said there was a misconception that yoga was more suited to women than men.
He said the exercises has helped him get better at surfing and have a stronger body and mind.
"With a lot of men in Gladstone they're not always in tune with their body and mind.
"To go to a practice that is purely benefiting the body and mind it is a bigger step for men then it is for women."
Salt Power Yoga offers different styles of yoga, including Power, Vinyasa and Yin.
These range from slow moving stretches to styles that improve posture and others that can make a sweat up.
Classes are held daily at times ranging from 5.30am - 7.30pm.
The grand opening of Salt Power Yoga will be held on February 14. There will be discounted membership offers, organic food, classes all day and more.