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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 12:49 pm

After graduating a group of 10 new instructors in February to teach Christ-centered yoga, The Center for Living Well is starting another round next week.

Beginning April 9, the nonprofit center will teach and train interested attendees on yoga instruction. With classes that blend the exercise of yoga and Bible study, the center aims to provide whole body wellness. Space is currently available though classes are kept to a small amount.

Co-founder of the nonprofit center Dawn Rutledge said her favorite part about the training program is watching the instructors develop and grow.

“(Yoga) is definitely the one class we feel compelled to teach and promote right now,” said Rutledge. “The class itself is really a full body worship experience.”

The classes focus on practicing yoga with an emphasis on the Bible, worship and prayer.

“The concept is really a very holistic approach and a God-centered approach,” Rutledge said.

The center, which offers classes in a shared space at Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, just launched a Canadian training program last month and is also looking for a permanent location. Local classes include Christ-centered yoga, faith and Bible studies, Home Life Revolution, mindful eating and nutrition, as well as wellness retreats.

Though some controversy surrounds the practice of yoga and the Christian faith, according to Rutledge, she encourages skeptical minds to at least try it once.

“I encourage people to come and have an understanding about how we make it Christ-centered,” she said. “So that they know they have really nothing to be afraid of.”

The Center for Living Well hosts classes out of Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, 1770 S. Dobson Road.

For more information about the program or classes, visit

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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