Have you been wondering if Yoga is for you?
Yoga is the union between the body, mind, and spirit. That is both the origin and practice of yoga in modern wellness and healthy living. Yoga literally means “to yoke,” or “to unite; a way create harmony who you are and the universe. The intention is to negate one’s ego in thought and behavior, awakening your spiritual sensitivities.
At UF Starfleet Academy, we practice a form of yoga most associated with a series of positions in a designed sequence to build stamina and strength, while improving body flexibility, coordination, and balance. Yoga is a tool to help you stay healthy. From an osteopathic approach to wellness, yoga focuses on your body’s “natural tendency toward health and self-healing.” According Dr Natalie Nevins, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (‘Maintaining a regular yoga practice’/Osteopathic.org), “the purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body.”
There are many different styles of yoga, and some styles are more vigorous than others. While some may have a different area of emphasis, such as posture or breathing, many yoga teachers develop their own practice by incorporating more than one style into their session. Because there are so many types of yoga practices, the key is to choose a class appropriate for your fitness level. “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” said Dr Nevins, who is also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection.”
Dr Nevins affirms there are indeed physical benefits to yoga. “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome… Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.” According to the American Osteopathic Association’s website, yoga also increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improves respiration, energy, and vitality, maintains a balanced metabolism, does wonders for cardio and circulatory health, and improves physical performance protecting you from injury.
‘Yoga’ is presented as part of the UF Starfleet Academy Health and Wellness Program. We’d be pleased to have you join us at 3:00PM (SLT) on Fridays at UFS Pinastri.