Yoga-practicing couple aims to build healthy community

Ray and Laura Nandyal aim to promote yoga as a healthy practice for balancing your life. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A free event Saturday could help you learn new ways to put your life in better balance.

It's the second annual Cincinnati Yoga Day where hundreds invite you to learn that yoga is a lot more than just learning downward dog or turning your body into a pretzel--it's a day of education, training and hands-on help, and two of the people making it all happen say it's a day that could help you change your own life.

They are partners in working to build a healthy community. Ray Nandyal is a yoga instructor, and his wife, Dr. Laura Nandyal, is a physician at UC Health integrative medicine.

"We want a community that fosters individuals. Just as a healthy plant needs healthy soil, a healthy community needs healthy individuals," said Ray.

The Nandyals' real message of Yoga Day is that yoga is for everybody and every body, meaning every body type.

"This therapy, however, is going mainstream--not just outside but also in the doctor's office," said Ray. "Those who support it say it can make a big difference, say it can do everything from blood pressure to improving personal relationships."

Laura recommends yoga in her own practice for wellness overall.

"[It's] specifically for those who are anxious, those in pain. [It] really helps to reduce pain signals," Laura said.

They say the body response to this mind-body exercise lets each area learn to be part of the team in it's own unique way. And these two know a thing or two about being part of a healthy team.

"We learn to reduce that overdrive and support that quietude within the body, and within the rough-day world it's hard to find that balance," said Laura.

Yoga Day is Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

You can learn more here.

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