Finding calm fitness at USO Fort Riley

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Amanda Evanoff, wife of Staff Sgt. Sean Evanoff, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, guides those who attend yoga class at USO Fort Riley Feb. 25. Evanoff is one of two spouses who teach a free yoga class at 10:40 a.m. every Saturday at USO Fort Riley.

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Two Fort Riley spouses teach a free yoga class at 10:40 a.m. every Saturday at USO Fort Riley. The certified yoga instructors — Amanda Evanoff, wife of Staff Sgt. Sean Evanoff, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and Tatiana Ferracioli da Silva, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mayo, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div. — have different styles of teaching, but offer the class as a way for the Fort Riley community to get fit.

Two spouses teach yoga classes to share fitness, camaraderie

Two Fort Riley spouses teach a free yoga class at 10:40 a.m. every Saturday at USO Fort Riley.

The certified yoga instructors — Amanda Evanoff, wife of Staff Sgt. Sean Evanoff, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and Tatiana Ferracioli da Silva, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mayo, 1st Sqdn., 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div. — have different styles of teaching, but offer the class as a way for the Fort Riley community to get fit.

Evanoff, who taught the Feb. 25 class, took over teaching the class last year after the previous instructor left Fort Riley for a permanent change of station with her family. She said Ferracioli is her substitute when she cannot make it to the class.

“If it’s me, it’s more relaxing and about gaining flexibility,” Evanoff said. “If (Ferracioli) is covering for me, she does more power yoga.”

Evanoff said the class is pretty laid back. She welcomes Soldiers and spouses bringing children to the class. The classes usually last an hour.

“I just love yoga,” she said. “For me, it’s because it’s low impact. It’s stretching. I‘ve got a battery of physical problems that prevent me from doing more strenuous workouts. This is a good way for me to still work out but not in a rougher capacity.”

Jennifer Colkmire, wife of Staff Sgt. Cody Colkmire, Troop B, 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., has been attending the class for a couple of months after learning about it at a Family Readiness Group meeting.

“I’m still new to it,” she said.

Colkmire said she enjoys how relaxing the class is and she can bring her children to the class with her. She mostly enjoys meeting other military spouses in a fun environment.

“The camaraderie of the spouses is inviting,” she said. “We all get to know each other.”

Evanoff and Ferracioli also teach classes during the week off the installation. For more information about the yoga classes, join the Fort Riley Yoga Facebook group. Any cancellations are posted on the page.

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