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Practicing Yoga

By Robyn dos Santos, Yoga Instructor, Licensed Therapist and Counselor
Worcester Fitness 

As the winter months come to a close, many of us begin to plan a well-deserved vacation. Good vacations often include a chance to renew ourselves, to simply exist in a relaxing environment without the demands of everyday life and the expectations of others. We look forward to new experiences of our choice, and opportunities for play. We never want vacations to end.

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Practicing Yoga offers renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Beginner's Mind

In many ways, the practice of yoga can be like a vacation from the stressors of life, the demands put upon our bodies and minds which can become excessive and cumulative. When we choose to enter a yoga practice with the simple intention of being curious and open to new experiences, free from expectations (called “a beginner’s mind’), each class has the potential to put us in touch with ourselves at a deeper level, increasing self-awareness of the sources and sensations of our stress.

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Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations...

Asanas

Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations; the slow, rhythmic movements of the body, as it moves in and out of the postures.  This asks us to be attentive to the present moment, the “here and now”.  It allows the opportunity to let go of repetitive thought patterns and worries.

The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.  This simple, yet profound action assists in releasing tension and improving vitality.

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The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.

Relaxation

Finally, complete relaxation of body and mind allows for integration of the yoga practice on a more holistic, complete level.  For this reason, relaxation pose is often done as the final component of a yoga routine.

Yoga has often been described as a natural prescription for health and stress management.  It has numerous benefits, one of which is renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Robyn dos Santos is a professional, licensed therapist and counselor.  She is a yoga instructor and therapist.
 

Holistic Therapy

By Roland J. Hamelin, Contributing Writer
Worcester Fitness
 
Worcester Fitness is proud to announce the first event in brand new Wellness Series!

Worcester Fitness presents a three-part series of interactive workshops that have been designed to teach healthy active people how to protect and care for their bodies. The Wellness Series will feature three skilled and qualified professionals and always meet in at the fun and encouraging environment at Worcester Fitness.
 

Holistic Therapy Techniques

​Thursday February 16th
6pm - 8pm
Members-Free!
Non-Members - $5
featuring Jen Caron
Holistic Therapy Techniques​

Caring For Your Body with Holistic Medicine

Jennifer Caron is a Licensed Acupuncturist and founder of Body Therapeutics, an integrated holistic medical center in Worcester. She is also a proud member of the Worcester Fitness Running Team!

She earned her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (now part of MCPHS), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

 

Eight Years Experience

Jen has spent the last eight years running her holistic practice and furthering her acupuncture education in areas of pain management and women's health. Jen is also a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, and spent many years teaching meditation and martial arts to children and adults at Zenshinkan Dojo before opening up her practice. She is also the smitten mother of two boys, ages six and four.
 

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Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach.

Workshop Summary

Workshop Summary: Holistic medicine refers to therapies that treat the whole person with a conservative, natural approach. The team at Body Therapeutics consists of acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, and we also often collaborate with nutritionists, reflexologists, psychotherapists, personal trainers and others.

In this workshop we'll discuss in detail how some of these therapies can help your body achieve more optimal well-being, and you'll have an opportunity to experience acupuncture and group meditation first-hand. We'll also talk about how the integration of these holistic therapies can help you achieve greater results than doing just one in isolation.