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Independence Blue Cross Extends Free Yoga in the Garden Sessions for another month

Sept. 12th, 19th, and 26th, 1 p.m. at the PHS Pops Up Garden, 20th and Market Streets

Philadelphia, PA - September 9, 2011 - Independence Blue Cross is proud to extend "Standing Yoga in the Garden" for another month due to its popular demand by more than 150 participants who attended the sessions in August. Held on Mondays in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's (PHS) Pops Up Garden at 20th and Market Streets, this free yoga foundations class makes that first day back to the work week a little easier to manage. Sessions will be offered to the public on three consecutive Mondays from September 12 through 26, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Part of the IBX Healthy Steps program, the yoga sessions provide wellness for the mind, body, and spirit, and adults of all ages are encouraged to come and practice their warrior, chair, and tree poses in one of the city's most tranquil settings.

Taught by registered Yoga Alliance teacher Dana Bender, the classes are free of charge and open to participants of all fitness levels. Center city Philadelphia workers, students, residents, or visitors can experience and enjoy the physical, and stress-relieving mental health benefits associated with gentle yoga. The Pops Up Garden offers a great location to learn or practice standing yoga.

Focusing on effective yoga breathing techniques as well as precise alignment, standing yoga poses can be done in the comfort of a home garden or nearly any exercise space. Participants must be at least 18 years old, sign a waiver upon arrival, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Yoga mats are not required.

The IBX Healthy Steps program is focused on making incremental lifestyle changes that can have a lasting impact on health. In addition to Yoga in the Garden, Independence Blue Cross launched the second phase its IBX Healthy Steps social media campaign - Get Out, Get Fit! - which focuses on practical fitness tips and fun ways to get physical activity. Through its sponsorship of the Pops Up Garden, Independence Blue Cross remains dedicated to its mission of building healthier communities.

All PHS Pops Up events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, weather permitting. Bring a friend or coworker! Participants are advised to consult their physician before beginning new types of exercise.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.1 million people. For 73 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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