Yoga for your mind, body and spirit
Prayer and scripture are incorporated throughout the Holy Yoga class.

If you are like every other person in our community, then you are constantly on the go.

But everyone deserves to take a moment out of their busy life and take a deep breath of relaxation and Mountain View Lutheran Church will be offering a class to do just that.

Holy Yoga will be presenting a special summer class on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. during July and August that will revolve around "Fruits of the Spirit." This unique class will be part yoga and part Bible study.

Dianna Bertout, a master Holy Yoga instructor, will be teaching the class.

"During those eight weeks we will have a specific topic that we focus on for each class," she said.

Classes will be at the beginner to intermediate level and are open to everyone.

Since yoga has its own reputation of being its own spiritual entity, by adding Bible study it allows further enrichment for the mind, body and soul, Bertout explained.

"From this program I hope that people will take away something, whether it be gaining first-hand experience of how to do yoga and move the body or just taking advantage of the hour," she said.

Classes will be set up with a soothing atmosphere, including Christian music and candle lighting.

"In each class I will quote a scripture about various topics such as love, prayer and kindness," Bertout said, adding that learning how to balance in a variety of yoga poses will allow students in the class to relate it to learning how to balance their own life.

"Many of my students, when leaving my class, feel enlightened," Bertout noted. "Just the other day I had a woman come up to me and explain how she felt so filled with the Holy Spirit."

Bertout has been a licensed professional counselor for more than 20 years at a private practice in Ahwatukee Foothills.

"I decided to take the Holy Yoga Instructor training because I thought it would be good for my clients," she said.

To learn more about Bertout and Holy Yoga, visit or call (602) 359-3031.

To learn more about the various classes offered at Mountain View Lutheran Church, visit

• Kimberly Haug is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.



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