The word “yoga” means “to join together,” and this tradition of conditioning and health seeks to bring the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. The yoga system has three main components: exercise, breathing, and meditation. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of yoga is intended to produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.
The exercises of yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing physiologic efficiency of these functions and enhancing total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument in life, and is treated with great care and respect.
Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life, and physiologic and mental pacing, in the body. Yoga helps increase breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind.
The two components of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. The benefits of yoga include:
- increased muscle tone
- better physical flexibility
- stress reduction
- weight loss
- enhanced circulation
- lubrication of joints, tendons and ligaments
- stimulation of internal organs and the lymph system
- flushing of toxins from the body
- decreased blood pressure
- improved energy
- and much more!
As one of the most popular forms of the wholistic movement, yoga involves a cultivation of activity for the whole person . . . body, mind and spirit. Wholistic activities are an ongoing journey toward balance and harmony and are based on the philosophy: “We are more than just the body . . . We are more than just the mind . . . We are body, mind, and spirit.”
Movement therapies in the wholistic realm include but are not limited to yoga, T’ai Chi, exercise and other movement-based classes.
To register for a movement program, please call 1-888-LOURDES or click on the program name on our Events and Classes page.