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Photo courtesy Yumcha Yoga
Photo courtesy Yumcha Yoga
Betsey Armstrong (second from the right) with teachers and students at the Yumcha Yoga studio.


Queens residents can now get into sun salutation poses with an Olympic gold medalist in community yoga classes in Flushing.

Betsey Armstrong, the goalkeeper for the USA Olympic gold medal-winning water polo team at the 2012 London Olympics, is also a yoga instructor. She will teach yoga at Yumcha Yoga studio through the month.

Armstrong will lead gentle Vinyasa classes, which are suitable for people of all levels, on March 8, 15 and 22.

“I love yoga. It really helps to train my flexibility, strength and concentration, which are essential in not just my sport but my daily life,” Armstrong said. “In fact, I hope to persuade many more of my fellow athletes to take it up. Apart from its proven physical benefits, it’s also a terrific stress reliever.” 

Armstrong’s classes are just $5, and Dr. Yen Yen Woo, owner of Yumcha Yoga, hopes many people will be encouraged to join because of the gold medalist’s presence.

“We’re so proud to have a world class athlete like Betsey lead us in practice,” Woo said. “How often does anyone get to work out with a true blue Olympic gold medalist?”

Full pricing details and schedule are posted on 




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