Why Practice Yoga?

Monday, April 18, 2011
Why should we practice yoga? What does yoga encompass? Can I practice yoga and my organized religion? Our upcoming blog postings will discuss each of these questions and more!

Yoga is a lifestyle that promotes health. Health, through yoga practice, encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This well-being is attained through a trained mind that focuses our intentions on staying healthy. 

During our daily lives we have many stressors—family, work, finances. These stressors act upon our minds, disturbing our sense of peace. Through a consistent yoga practice, we attain peace through a mind focused on health and well-being. When difficulties arise, we have the physical, mental and spiritual energetic strength to deal with them effectively. Then, we regain our peaceful mind.

Peace and happiness is within each of us. A consistent and dedicated yoga practice helps us to express these qualities in our daily lives.

Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, MPH, RN, HFS
Blog Info
This blog highlights the current evidence for integrating yoga into cancer care. Strategies for practicing the eight-limbs of yoga are posted and shared. Video links allow for demonstration of yoga practices that benefit everyone.
Author Bio
Lisa Marie Bernardo, PhD, RN, is a registered yoga teacher (RYT). She serves as a co-investigator on research projects related to yoga in women with osteopenia and individuals at risk for type-2 diabetes. Dr. Bernardo is an ACSM-certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Health Fitness Specialist. She maintains a private practice in mind-body fitness using yoga, Stott-Pilates, and Gyrotonic to serve individuals with special healthcare needs.
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