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Ushering in 2010 with 108 yoga sets Thursday
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Long-time instructor Michele Flores will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Yoga Mala for all comers at the Mimosa Wellness Spa. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
For nearly two months, Michele Flores has been in training.

The long-time Manteca yoga instructor is aiming towards completing the 108 sets of 12 poses for the New Year’s Eve Yoga Mala at the Mimosa Wellness Spa, 1360 E. Yosemite Ave.

But it won’t be easy.

In order to achieve her goal, Flores, who teaches classes for the City of Manteca, City of Tracy, and El Rancho Mobile Park, to name a few, has been spending the past several Saturdays at the yoga studio working on the various sets.

Mala, in Sanskrit, means “garland,” Flores said.

A Yoga Mala is a “garland of yoga practice,” with each of the 12 poses done in a flow.

She instructs Hatha Yoga. The word Hatha comes from combining the form of the two Sanskrit terms “ha,” meaning sun, and “tha,” meaning moon.

“In most yoga, we celebrate the summer and winter solstice, the spring and fall equinox, and the New Year,” Flores said.

Dried beans are used to keep track of the sets.

Flores is estimating it will take about two hours to compete the 108 sets of the Yoga Mala. “(But) it’s so, so intense,” she noted.

The Yoga Mala is scheduled for next Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 per class, $7 for those 50 and over, and free for first-timers.

“We recommend that (first timers) come early or it could be like doing a triathlon without the prep work,” Flores said.

She also noted that all participants, especially those with medical problems, can “do what they can do.”

In addition, Flores said yoga can be a good form of fitness after the holidays for folks looking to keep their health and weight in line.

For more information, call (209) 239-3464.