By Katherine Finnegan
By Katherine Finnegan
Small business owner Jackie Gadd celebrates Lakeside Health Awareness Month with total dedication. However, Gadd does not promote a healthy lifestyle to community members only during the month of March. Gadd is the owner of BYOM Yoga, which offers yoga classes to community members of all ages in different locations. As a certified instructor, she incorporates music, books and crafts into yoga, as well as a diverse mix of styles to encompass all ages, interests and skill levels to promote physical well-being. and emotional and a healthy lifestyle. for those in his community.
California State Senator Joel Anderson was honored to provide BYOM Yoga’s Gadd with a Senate Certificate of Appreciation for his service.
âIt’s great that BYOM Yoga is participating in Lakeside Health Awareness Month. Jackie’s dedication to empowering her students to improve their health is honorable, and her spirit of giving back to the community is inspiring. . I appreciate his selfless service, âAnderson mentioned.
Since starting teaching in 2007, Gadd has worked in several schools and gymnasiums in the area. Perhaps most astonishing is its program for the elderly organized in local libraries. The program was created for seniors with eligible insurance, but in her efforts to reach more members of the community, she opened the classes to everyone, free of charge.
âAs long as I don’t rent space I can give it away for free, and whoever comes and qualifies, great, and whoever doesn’t, come anyway. And now I have people who have my age, young adults, people who bring their teenagers, so it’s become a community place to come and do yoga, âsaid Gadd.
In addition to the community aspect that Gadd longs for, his classes promote physical, emotional and mental health.
âThere is no guarantee that it will always provide the same benefits, but what we emphasize in our yoga training and the results that I love and have felt is that when you take a minute to slow down and breathe, you have an opportunity to improve the quality of your moment, so you take a break. You pay attention to the way you breathe, and you can sort of control whatever situation you find yourself in, âshe said.
Other benefits range from increased flexibility and muscle tone, joint pain relief and improved digestion, stress relief, improved mood and feeling. of serenity.
Gadd plans to renew a county-funded yoga program for mentally disabled young adults at six local libraries to extend the health benefits of yoga to everyone in the East County community. For more information about BYOM Yoga, visit Gadd’s website at www.byomyoga.blogspot.com.