OM Place to offer trauma informed yoga series

Published 9:00 am Monday, October 16, 2017

By John Maruskin

For the past two summers, the Om Place Yoga Studio here in Clark County has provided instructors and equipment for popular Yoga on the Lawn classes during the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Those classes couldn’t be offered without help from the Om Place. So, I want to use a bit of the Clark County Public Library column this week to return the favor by telling readers about a very important six-week yoga series the Om Place will provide free at 11:45 a.m. Saturdays from Oct. 21 to Dec. 2.

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This will be a series of Trauma informed yoga classes presented through a Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and Om Place partnership.

Trauma informed yoga can increase a trauma survivor’s connection with their breath, which enables the brain to become less aroused and relaxation to begin. Trauma informed yoga can rebuild mental confidence that strengthens the mind-body connection and helps a person regain their sense of control and ownership over their body and their experience.

These classes will be taught by Cindy Reed. They are basic level, free and open to the community.

There will be a kick-off event for this series this coming Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:45 p.m. at the Om Place, 815 Quisenberry Lane. This kick-off is designed to provide more information about these yoga classes. There will be a short trauma informed yoga demonstration, and a presentation about services The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center offers in Clark County.

Om Place Director Erin Smith and her yoga instructors have created a beautiful and serene facility for practice. There’s no more appropriate place to have this yoga series. Please share this information with people who may be interested. For more information, contact the Om Place or the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

The library has a large selection of books and DVDs about yoga meditation, and post-traumatic stress disorders. They are found throughout the non-fiction section, so if you need help finding materials you want, ask a librarian for help.

Other classes this week

— Tuesday, 10 a.m., Easy Email. It only takes five minutes to set up an email account. If you can’t get into your old one because you’ve lost the ID and password, come in and create a new one.

— Wednesday, 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show presents “Dean,” a 2017 comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love. Dean is a New York illustrator who falls hard for a Los Angeles woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death. Rated PG13.

— Thursday, noon, Book Lunch participants discuss Tracy Chevalier’s beautiful novel Girl with a Pearly Earring.

— Friday, 10 a.m., Write Local. I’m encouraged by the number of people attending the Library’s Writer Series programs. Participants at this month’s program suggested the Library start an evening writer group. Tamera Rehnborg, who presented the October Writer Series program, has agreed to do that. It will begin in December or January, 2018. Keep an eye on the library’s calendar.

— Saturday, Outside the Lines Coloring. Coloring outside the lines is art.

I’ll end with a reader advisory. There’s a collection of short stories in fiction called “In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians,” edited by Michael Cart (call # F Cart). If you were a fan of Mr. Ed the Talking Horse, you must read “Ed has His Mind Improved,” by Walter Brooks. It’s an A-1 ripping story that provides insights into Mr. Ed and Wilbur that TV concealed.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at