Dr. Stephen Alter
Yoga has become very popular again in the United States over the last 7 to 10 years. There has been a resurgence of holistic "mind/body" forms of exercise and practices in the west. As our culture increases its pace, people are looking for ways to de-stress in their lives.
What is Yoga? The word itself comes from the Sanskrit language which is the sacred language used in the practice of Yoga and means literally "to Yoke." Yoga is generally translated as: union, integration, to attach, join or unite. Yoga is therefore the union and integration of every aspect of a human being from the innermost to the external.
Yoga comes in many forms specifically designed to suit different types of people. As a result some forms of yoga have gained significant popularity outside of India during the past century, particularly in the West. The most popular form of yoga in the West is Hatha Yoga. It consists of various physical and breathing exercises as well as meditation. This is the form of Yoga which Libby Alter offers at Alter Chiropractic Health & Healing.
Our Gentle Flow yoga class places great emphasis on the breath and coordinating breath with movement. In class we engage in poses that create both strength and flexibility. Modifications are made for individual needs.
Some of the benefits of Hatha Yoga are:
Yoga increases lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons. It has been found that the body which may have previously been quite rigid starts experiencing a remarkable flexibility, even in those parts which have not been consciously worked upon. Excellent toning of the muscles also occurs.
Massaging all Organs of the Body:
Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner.
Gently stretching muscles and joints, as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps flush toxins out of every nook and cranny.
De-stressing Body and Mind:
Yoga increases body awareness so that you are in tune with both your physical and mental self and can increase acceptance of where we are on our path.