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Somers Resident Enjoys Peaceful Lifestyle Change

SOMERS, N.Y. - Rachel Towers was rushing to work in Manhattan one day, thinking about how much she hated her corporate job when she suddenly asked herself, "What am I doing here?" Once she understood the question, the answer was evident. She quit her job, gave up her apartment, "gave up my financial independence, moved home to live with my Mom in Heritage Hills, and realized a dream."

For six years on and off Towers had been going to yoga classes. Now it became the focus of her life. She attended a yoga teachers' training course and after 200 hours of intensive instruction, she earned her certification.

She started teaching classes in the Somers area about six months ago. She teaches at 9 a.m. on Sundays at Heritage Hills. There are 9 people in the class, including one man. "I'm really impressed," she said. "They exceeded my expectations." Each week the class is slightly more challenging. She can see the strength and stamina building up in her students.

"There are several styles of yoga," Towers, who is 26 years old, explained. "There's Hatha, which is slow-paced and gentle, there's Vinyasa, which coordinates breath with movement to create a flow." Towers practices Kripalu, which is an approach to different styles, rather than a style. "It's big on compassion and self-awareness and listening to your own inner teacher. It focuses on moving at your own pace. And it's great for dealing with stress," she said.

Towers takes on private students, too, and she gives classes on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Somers. The fee is $48 for a four-week series. "No experience necessary," says her flyer. "Just bring yourself, your mat, and a willingness to have fun and try something new."

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