RCC-RILL course to delve into yoga practices

On April 5, 12, and 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will present “The Deeper Aspects of Yoga” with instructor Wyatt Portz. The course will be held at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.

Twenty million Americans now practice yoga in local studios, at home using DVDs, or in churches, YMCAs, or other public spaces. Once an esoteric concept associated with Eastern religion, yoga is now often seen as a form of therapeutic calisthenics. But as any serious practitioner will tell you, yoga is more than cultivating the ability to touch your toes. This class will explore other aspects of yoga through a study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (the authoritative text on the subject).

The first hour of each session will be devoted to lecture, and the second to the practice of yoga breathing and meditation exercises designed to foster an experience of stillness and peace. No special equipment or skills are necessary — just the ability to breathe and sit in a chair.

Wyatt Portz, who holds a bachelor of arts degree and RYT 200 yoga certification, currently instructs yoga classes at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury and local YMCAs. He has been a practicing meditator since 1968. His main interest is encouraging people to develop a holistic approach to yoga that includes mindful breathing and meditation; these can help overcome anxiety, resentment, anger, grief, and mental attachments by increasing energy and awareness, as well as allowing a direct perception of the wholeness of life.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Deeper Aspects of Yoga” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at sdrotleff@rappahannock.edu.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Virginia Commonwealth Bank’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2018.