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Yoga for health is focus of March 3 'Thursdays at the U' talk

| Linda Tollefsrud

Photo caption: Patty McGown, owner of Yoga Studio of Rice Lake, will present “Yoga for Health” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 3 in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. (Photo credit: wetravel.com)

Patty McGown

Patty McGown

On March 3, Patty McGown, owner of Yoga Studio of Rice Lake, will present “Yoga for Health” during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays at the U” lecture. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

In 2001, while living in Adelaide, Australia, McGown saw a poster for “Happy Yoga” with Louisa Blake. Being an avid runner, McGown had discounted yoga as being not much of a workout. She had a change of heart after her first class.

It turns out that Blake was a 70-year-old yogini (female yoga teacher) who had trained with a yogi in India. In addition to feeling some relief from extremely tight muscles, the deep rhythmic breathing resulted in a calming effect McGown had never felt before. She was hooked!

When McGown returned to her home in Montana, she began yoga teacher training and eventually earned a 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification. She has been teaching yoga since and find it manages her stress levels, anxiety and depression.

She also is a licensed professional counselor, and as such, has experience with talk therapy. During McGown's presentation, attendees will hear how yoga helps with both physical and mental health. 

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

Face masks are required inside all UW-Eau Claire buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at tollefla@uwec.edu.