, Newburyport, MA


June 27, 2014

Health Beat: Yoga studio offers pay-by-donation, beach classes

Pause Yoga will offer a Community Karma Yoga Class tonight at its studio on the second floor of 36 Main St., Amesbury.

Jennifer Freeman and Deb Silke will present “Live Music Yoga” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The evening will explore the therapeutic effects of certain sound frequencies, including those from a gong and quartz crystal singing bowls.

Participants of all yoga levels, ages 10 and older, are welcome to drop in and pay by donation. The class will be followed by snacks and drinks at Phat Cats Bistro.

The studio is also taking part in Amesbury Days on Sunday with morning yoga on Lake Gardner Beach. Classes, open to everyone 7 and older, will be held at 8 and 9 a.m. and cost $10 per person. Participants are asked to bring towels or yoga mats and water.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit

Peer-led support for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.

The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email or

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email

Waterfront yoga to help a good cause

A community weekly yoga class is being held every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. through August at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

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