Yoga for Mind, Body and Spirit
Merriam-Webster defines yoga as a system of exercises for mental and physical health—a Hindu philosophy that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and mind.
It’s an ancient art form designed to harmonize the mind, body and spirit. It’s not a religion, but for many it becomes a vehicle for improving their quality of life. Yoga includes breath control, meditation and the adoption of specific postures. It’s widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Setting out to improve your health and the way you feel doesn’t come without some level of effort. As the characters in the Seinfeld TV show discovered, simply repeating the mantra, “Serenity Now” doesn’t have long lasting positive effects.
Yoga benefits all age groups. It can help preserve muscle tone and flexibility as well as restore lost function. Yoga is able to accomplish this without resorting to damaging, high-impact activities. I have many patients who tell me practicing yoga has changed their life. They feel better, experience greater flexibility and have less aches and pains. It’s difficult to be happy when your body is limiting your movement and you’re experiencing chronic pain.
If you already practice yoga, I’m sure this rings true. If you’re a beginner and ready to get started, I suggest you take part in a yoga class. It’s a welcoming environment, no matter if you’re a beginner or yoga master. By taking a class, you will be assured your poses are safe and effective. In addition, practicing yoga with other like-minded individuals will keep you motivated.
The Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine offers yoga classes—it’s one part of our all natural approach to good health. We are fortunate to have Monica Szczupider as our teacher. Monica is a graduate of The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India—the world’s oldest academic institution of yoga. Ashtanga translates to “eight limbs” and the concept is the foundation of classical Indian yoga. Yoga is not just a physical practice (asana), but also steeped in disciplines such as breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), and immersing oneself internally (pratyahara).
One small step can change your life. I’ve included information on our Yoga class below.