The Healing Arts Center

625 2nd St
Crescent City, CA 95531

707-218-5409
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According to a study by Yoga Journal, nearly 20 million Americans practice yoga. If you are among these 20 million, you know that yoga makes you feel better - its effects are almost immediate - but you may not know why. When practiced regularly, yoga reliably increases our sense of physical health, emotional well-being, mental clarity, and spiritual connection.

The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word (yuj) which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is described as a method that joins the individual self with the Divine. Yoga can also be thought of as a way to unite body and mind. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal. On the physical level, yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body. On the mental level, yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) to quiet, clarify, and discipline the mind.

There are many different styles of yoga, but a typical yoga routine consists of a sequence of physical poses, or asanas, which is designed to work all parts of the body, with particular emphasis on making the spine supple and healthy, increasing circulation and stimulating the internal organs. Yoga utilizes three basic movements: forward bends, backward bends, and twisting motions. A pose is usually held for a specified amount of time, depending on its level of difficulty and one's strength and stamina. Breathing is coordinated with movements, usually breathing in during expansive movements and breathing out during contractive movements. Deep breathing and focused mental concentration helps to create better awareness, poise and posture.
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