Niagara County and Western New York may be known for Niagara Falls and Beef on Weck, a growing wine trail and motivated sports fans, but something more than exercise and food is becoming popular.

Decades after yoga migrated to the West and became the trend, local practitioners are now seeing the benefits of being students of the study. The momentum behind yoga locally isn't just about working out but about the intellectual benefits.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga provides:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • The maintenance of a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

It also aids in stress relief and now, a sense of community. 

Udumbara

Christine Fowle recently moved back to her native Lewiston, N.Y., when she discovered 400 Plain St., an historic building that existed to house many different lives. It's now a yoga studio and place for residents and visitors to experience workshops and special events.

From Gentle Flow to more intermedia levels of yoga, Fowle welcomes students on a donation-basis. She also hosts mediation gatherings, cooking classes, musical events and meetings in the peaceful garden off the back deck.

Fowle in the garden

Udumbara is more than a studio - it's an idea and way of living.

Meet Fowle and see Udumbara first-hand this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 26 surrender to the stars as renowned sitar player Nareej Prem weaves musicality through the air during "Sitar Under the Stars" starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All are welcome to explore the strings of India, and enjoy these legendary sounds under an autumn moon.

For more information visit udumbarayoga.com.