Improve Strength & Flexibility, Calm Your Mind, & Promote Natural Health & Wellness With Yoga Therapy & Acupuncture at ATOSC- Modesto & Stanislaus County.
At Acupuncture Therapeutics of Stanislaus County (ATOSC), we support the incorporation of Yoga with acupuncture treatment to promote natural health and wellness. Historically, the approach to preventing disease in America has involved some form of aerobic exercise. However for many Americans with pre-existing conditions, those with muscle and joint pain, those who are older, or those who simply do not enjoy high-impact workouts, exercise is generally avoided altogether. But now researchers have found that low-impact yoga workouts are beneficial in improving various risk factors for disease.
What is Yoga?
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, and is often interpreted as meaning "union", as in unifying the mind, body, and spirit. There are two general aspects to practicing yoga- pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (physical postures)- and these two aspects are generally (but not always) practiced together.
The Practice of Yoga
The philosophical basis of most of today's yoga practices rely on a series of aphorisms written in the 2nd century known as the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali which classifies asanas as one of the eight "limbs" of yoga. Each asana has specific physical benefits, particularly increasing strength and flexibility through stretching achieved by breathing and holding the correct posture. The stretching poses can be done quickly in succession, increasing heat and circulation in the body through movement, or more slowly to increase stamina, improve flexibility and perfect the posture.
But while many people think that yoga is just stretching, the majority of the other "limbs" of the Patanjali are more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. Stretching is usually involved to some degree, but as the Patanjali Sutras point out yoga is really more about creating balance across the spirit, mind, and body. So as the body becomes flexible and strong through pranayama and asanas, so does the spirit and the mind.