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30th OG puts the OG in Yoga

The 30th Operations Group Airmen learn yoga poses at the fitness annex, Oct. 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 30th Operations Group uses yoga to improve their fitness as a part of their monthly physical fitness session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Ian Dudley/Released)

The 30th Operations Group Airmen learn yoga poses at the fitness annex, Oct. 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 30th Operations Group uses yoga to improve their fitness as a part of their monthly physical fitness session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Ian Dudley/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- In the dimly lit gymnasium of the Fitness Annex, more than 60 Airmen littered the hardwood floor on yoga mats. Their rhythmic breathing blended with the soft instrumentals. This is the 30th Operations Group as they use yoga to improve their fitness as a part of their monthly physical fitness session.

Some of the benefits of yoga include improving strength, breathing, balance and stress reduction. Ms. Laura Enos, Vandenberg group fitness manager, led the OG in this month's fitness session and mentioned how yoga also improves flexibility.

"Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to tight areas," said Enos. "Flexibility naturally decreases, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can ameliorate this process."

For members of the OG, yoga is just one of the many ways to increase their fitness levels.

"We try to do something different each month to keep it new and exciting," said Col. Marcelino Del Rosario, 30th Operations Group commander. "The first month we did a five mile run on Wall Beach. Last month, Grand Master Cheong Si, an eighth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Lompoc came and taught us the fundamentals of martial arts and self-defense."

Units within the OG usually conduct their own physical training, and for some participants the change of pace has proven to be worthwhile.

"It's been a nice spin on things," said Capt. Anthony Braden, 2nd Range Operations Squadron flight commander. "The whole group atmosphere is a little bit overwhelming initially, but once you get a few minutes into it, it's fun to see everyone interacting and doing the instruction of that month."

The OG's physical fitness sessions are once a month and are open to military, civilians, contractors and dependents within the OG. If you or your unit is interested in having a specialty class like yoga, cycling, or kickboxing for group PT, contact Ms. Laura Enos at 805-606-6270.