Lost Your House? No Job? Try Free Yoga

OK, so a few hours of breathing and stretching won't get your house out of foreclosure or convince your boss to postpone layoffs. But these days, anything free is appealing, and you'd be amazed how good it feels to pay nothing for exercise classes that usually cost $17 a pop.

That's why I'm going to gush for a few minutes about the classes being offered at the new West Palm Beach Public Library. This is not your grandma's library. It's got free yoga on Saturdays, meditation on Tuesdays, tango lessons on Thursdays. Earlier this week, it even had Wii bowling for seniors. Did I mention this is all free?

"The idea is health and fitness," explains reference librarian Theresa Trabucco.

The yoga classes, bowling, and other programs such as breast cancer screening are paid for by a grant from the Quantum Foundation in West Palm. Other fun stuff -- such as tango lessons and Spanish conversation groups -- are simply part of the library's tradition of providing freebies. And in the New Depression, it's hard to argue with that.

Check out the free yoga this Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the library's auditorium, 411 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. For more info on all the free classes, click on the library's Facebook page.

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