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Family-focused TKD News Dixie Manor SW Extension Branch September 2010

To those of you just beginning Tae Kwon Do classes, do not be

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afraid nor expect too much from them. Most beginners feel uncomfortable with some of the movements at first. Don't worry, in a short time that feeling will go away, and you will feel very comfortable. You are not an expert yet, and no one expects you to do more than try your best. If you expect too much at the beginning, you will only disappoint yourself. Also remember, anything worthwhile takes perseverance. If you try your absolute best, then that is the best. The best student is not the one who does the fanciest techniques. The best student is the one who continues to try his best and never give up. I strongly believe you will be the best student in YMCA Tae Kwon Do Program.

TKD Instructor Mrs. Travis, 1 Degree Black Belt st

Most people don’t have time for breakfast but not many actually know that it is the most important meal of the day. When you skip breakfast, you are likely to become tired when your brain and body run low on fuel. A healthy breakfast should contain some protein and some fiber. Protein can come from low fat meats, eggs, beans or dairy. Fiber can be found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. A good example of a healthy breakfast might be something simple like a hard boiled egg, an orange, and a bowl of whole grain cereal with low fat milk.

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Benefits of Yoga Yoga helps flexibility when some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they're too old, unfit, or "tight" to do yoga. The truth is you're never too old to improve flexibility. The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are more vigorous than others and will increase your strength. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar yoga, which focuses on less movement and more precise alignment in poses, can provide strength and endurance benefits. Many of the poses, such as Downward Dog, Upward Dog, and Plank pose, build upper-body strength. This becomes crucial as people age. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include Upward Dog and Chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. With increased flexibility and strength comes better posture. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength. That's because you're counting on your deep abdominals to support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you're more likely to sit and stand "tall." Another benefit of yoga is the increased body awareness. This heightened awareness tells you more quickly when you're slouching or slumping so you can adjust your posture.

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Class Schedule Kids TKD Saturdays: (ages 5 - 9) 10:30am -11:30am Family-Focused TKD Wednesdays: (ages 5 and up - Adult-child) 7:30pm - 8:30pm TKD Mentor Program: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm YMCA TKD & Mentor Programs YMCA TKD Mentors: Ms. Birgit Hall Miss. Alicia Hall Mr. Aaron Travis We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities

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TKD Newsletter September 2010