The word “Yoga” translates to “union” in Sanskrit, meaning to connect. The philosophy of yoga is rooted in achieving a balanced state of physical and mental wellness through mindful practices that connect the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is accessible and beneficial to ALL – anyone and everyone can practice and benefit from this holistic practice, regardless of age, fitness level, physical or mental conditions.
The multifaceted practice of yoga includes physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. The act of consciously breathing while mindfully engaging in alignment-based yogic postures is valuable in balancing the systems of the body and mind, most specifically the spine and nervous system, to reverse and restore the ill-effects of chronic pain, stress and fatigue.
Relaxation of the body and mind helps to create a state of ease and stability for meditation, in which the mind can become still and free of judgment. Meditation allows a person to become increasingly aware of the effect that their thoughts and conditioned belief patterns can have on their overall function and health.
The body of evidence-based research and science supporting the numerous physiological and psychological benefits of yoga and meditation is growing rapidly, and the empirical evidence is unquestionable. Incorporating yoga and meditation as a complementary system of health into a therapeutic care-based model can allow for individuals to skillfully achieve and maintain a balanced body-mind connection and state of whole health and wellness.