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645AR × FKA twigs

Today, rapper 645AR releases his new track “Sum Bout U” with FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks “Yoga” and “In Love With A Stripper” and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. “Sum Bout U” was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.”  

As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for “Sum Bout U” in addition to the audio. The video was directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs.

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Reduce Covid Stress

 The millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought globally are creating stress over everything from personal health to employment, lifestyle, and finances. Given these difficult circumstances, it’s more important than ever for people to know about coping mechanisms to better manage stress, protect their immune system, and increase their chances of staying healthy, says Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS, author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

“COVID is maximizing stress for so many people,” Dr. Patel says. “It has a far-reaching impact into every part of our lives, and if we don’t manage the stress, it severely affects our bodily systems – causing burned-out adrenals, high cortisol, and thyroid issues, to name a few consequences of high-stress levels. Thus, the immune system is lowered, and we are more vulnerable to illness.

“This era we are living in is very traumatic, and it’s very concerning. In dentistry, gum disease, sleep disturbances or apnea, and teeth breakage can all be evidence of stress. Poor oral health, as studies show, can be a gateway to medical issues. People often don’t identify how much stress they’re under, and how it’s affecting them physically, until they actually get sick.”

Dr. Patel has the following suggestions people can incorporate into their daily lives to better deal with stress. 

5 Ways To Cope And Protect Your Health:

  1. Adhere to a healthy diet. While in quarantine or a new normal in which people are spending the vast majority of their time at home, having healthy foods at home and not over-snacking are vital considerations. “We must be more mindful of the foods we put in our bodies,” Dr. Patel says. “Eat as many greens and whole foods as possible. Avoid dairy products as they increase mucus production in the sinus and the chest, leading to lots of sneezing and congestion. The coronavirus enters the nose and makes a home in the sinus, and to increase immunity, it’s important that the sinus and chest are not inflamed. Food prep makes it easier to eat healthy while working from home. Prepare salads and other healthy meals in advance.”
  2. Don’t over-indulge in drinking. “For some people, drinking is the only source of enjoyment during the pandemic,” Dr. Patel says. “And we see people who are isolating having Zoom calls with friends while drinking wine. The problem is that one glass turns into two or more, and with the sugar content of wine, you may wake up during the night. This disturbs sleep, and sleep is when the immune system regenerates. Restorative sleep is essential to our health.”
  3. Take vitamin supplements. “Often, those with adrenal fatigue don’t take in enough essential nutrients as stress increases their body’s nutritional demands,” Dr. Patel says. “To address adrenal and cortisol burnout, take multivitamins in order to get trace minerals.”
  4. Develop a morning ritual. “Deep breathing exercises can be calming and get you out of the hyper state,” Dr. Patel says. “You want to get rid of the ‘fight or flight’ mode and enter the ‘rest and digest’ state of mind.”
  5. Find a stress management activity that works for you. Many people don’t like to exercise, but Dr. Patel notes exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous to be effective. “A type of exercise one enjoys doing at home like walking, running, or yoga goes a long way toward releasing stress hormones,” she says. “And for those who like intense workouts, it’s all good in terms of reducing stress. Another good stress management technique is using biofeedback mechanisms like alpha state meditations to increase immunity.”

“The disruption of daily life by COVID-19 has caused us to rethink many things that we do,” Dr. Patel says. “How we deal with stress needs to be a priority now, and it’s not overly difficult if you develop good daily habits.”

Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS operates a practice called Green Dentistry in San Francisco and is the author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living. A graduate of the University of California’s School of Dentistry, she is a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and well-being into the dental world. Dr. Patel focuses on helping patients recognize the vital connection between dental health and whole body health.

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Taking care of your health like a celebrity

Whenever we see a photo of nearly any celebrity, or see someone in a movie or a series, they are usually always at peak physical shape. Granted, most of them have personal trainers and dieticians and some of them even have personal chefs to cater to their nutritional requirements. They do yoga, meditate, and eat right to make sure that they are in top shape for the next role. You can also eat, train, and take care of yourself, your body, and your mind like a true celebrity with these few techniques.

Eating right

The key to having a body and digestive system that functions at an optimal level is proper nutrition and adequate hydration. What we eat greatly impacts how we feel and what we are capable of. The body needs just the right amount of calories and the balance between calories in versus calories out needs to match your goals.

The relationship between macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids are also important, but the amount you need might depend on the diet you adhere to. For instance, if you are doing a ketogenic diet like mega stars Megan Fox and Halle Berry have reportedly had great success with, then you need to tone down the number of carbohydrates you ingest and up the fatty acids and protein. There is a huge variety of different ways to split your macronutrients, and it is important that you find a formula that works well for your body and schedule.

For the fatty acids, it is important that they come from healthy sources, so that the fatty acids are unsaturated (preferably polyunsaturated) and not saturated or transfatty acids. Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in nuts, fatty fish such as salmon and herring, and avocado. Saturated fats are generally found in fast food and fried food and should not make up the main part of your diet.

As far as the protein goes it is also important that it comes from solid and healthy sources such as beans and legumes and lean meat such as fish and chicken. The majority of your carbohydrates should come from wholegrain sources of rice, pasta, potatoes and various vegetables. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as water is key to maintaining a healthy body and getting enough sleep. Incorporate lots of different vegetables and fruits into your diet. Basically, if you want to eat like a celebrity, you have to develop clean eating habits.

Calm your mind and body with meditation

Meditation is highly popular within Hollywood – probably because of the high stress working environments and busy schedules. Stars like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Russell Brand, and Brad Pitt all like to take time out of their busy days to just sit and be. Meditation is a great way to unwind and let your thoughts flow and your body relax. Meditation relaxes, refreshes, and recharges your body and soul, as well as decreasing stress symptoms, allowing for a calmer and more relaxed you.
If you are new to meditation, there are a bunch of great apps out there, such as the Keep app (which also has a great yoga section), Calm, and Buddhify. These apps offer guided meditations of varying lengths, which can be great if you are just starting out. There might also be meditation classes available in your area that you can join.  

Get toned and flexible with yoga

Yoga has been around for centuries, but has recently gained a revival and is now being utilized by literally everyone from Jennifer Aniston, who practices yoga to stay in shape and stay flexible both for movies and personal gain, to pro poker players such as Celina Lin, who uses yoga to relax after high stress tournaments. Pretty much all of the Kardashians do yoga, and so do busy CEOs, who takes 20 minutes out of his schedule every day to stretch. Even stars like famous footballer David Beckham, actor Matthew McConaughey and top model Gisele Bundchen implement yoga into their daily routine to stay healthy, lean, and flexible.

Yoga is for everyone, everywhere, and anytime. It gives you that space of solitude and peace whether you have a whole hour at your disposal or only 5 minutes in a hectic afternoon. 
There are so many different versions of yoga, but they are all highly beneficial for your body and mind. See if there are any classes in your area and try a few different types out to discover what suits you the best. Yoga is great for increasing flexibility and muscle tone, and for calming your mind and body, and just like meditation, there are a lot of really great apps for yoga beginners to help you get started.
 

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How To Stay Healthy the Easy Way

At the beginning of the year many people may make resolutions, whether it is going to an e cig shop instead of buying another pack of cigarettes, or vowing to lose 20 pounds. However, many may also find that it is easier to make a resolution than to keep it. That doesn’t mean, though, that getting or staying healthy needs to feel difficult. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to try to get healthier the easy way.

Eat More

While some may focus on what they can’t eat when they are trying to improve their diet, focusing on what you can eat may make the process easier. By focusing more on including foods that are good for you, it may help you to keep your mind off of the things that you are trying to eat less. 

Work Out Less

Sometimes, intense workouts can put undue stress on the body and ultimately lead to weight retention and gain. Although working out may be a healthy decision for most, if you find yourself dreading workouts or feeling overly exhausted after you’ve exercised, reevaluating your workouts may be a good idea. Also, many health benefits may still be gained from more relaxed types of exercise, such as nature walks or yoga. 

Sleep In

Although sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it may have a significant impact on your overall health. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body is often unable to undergo the healing processes that it normally would during the night. Even if you find it difficult to get the full recommended eight hours of sleep, simply aiming for an extra hour or two could potentially make a difference in your health. 

Go Easy on Yourself

Even though some may feel bad about not being able to stick to resolutions, the reality is that it may not be worth it to stress out if you’ve veered off course. Stress can be damaging to health, and feeling bad about not reaching or sticking to a goal often won’t make it any easier to reach it. Because of this, learning to go easy on yourself when it comes to resolutions could be a better option. 

The Takeaway

Making a resolution to improve your health can be admirable, however, it isn’t always easy. Just because it may not always be easy to stick to health goals doesn’t mean that you should just give up on them. By being patient and understanding with yourself, your goals could potentially be more attainable than you might think. 

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Vibrate at Your Highest Frequency: A Man’s Guide to Fall Style

By Patrick T. Cooper

Hello fall! We will definitely miss summer. However, there is something magical about the oncoming of layers, textures and the brisk welcome of an autumn breeze. From a health morning stretch at a phenomenal winery to a well-coiffed beard we have got you covered. While the kids may be returning to school, who says they are to be the only individuals gathering a new stride of style. Here is your cheat sheet to achieving excellence and sophistication. Manifest a lifestyle of  passion, perspective, and purpose. By all means, level up by utilizing our  man’s guide to  fall a style.

Affirmat

Live authentically and vibrate at your highest frequency with a highly stylized, jute and biodegradable Affirmat. Being on the move requires flexibility and this mat is designed to support your yoga and pilates journey leading you to clarity and elevating your consciousness. Yours actions will scream, “I am strong.”

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Let’s face it telling time is something that you can easily do from your smart phone. However, Breitling continually evolves in their artistic presentation of timepieces. Known for their aeronautical expertise in product design you will easily be the envy of your fellow jetsetters 

El Cielo Winery

A red wine perhaps? Considering we are passionate about the  coming of fall.  Keep warm and absorb the Mexican sunshine while wine tasting at El Cielo winery & resort. This family owned and operated resort is the manifestation of excellence and hardworking. 79 acres of vineyard will have you gasping upon arrival. Wine lovers beware El Cielo produces 15 unique grape varietals from Cabernet Franc to Grenache. The most phenomenal experience beyond the wine of course is  dining in the dark. El Cielo is a partner in an going collaborative to aid and insure the  blind become exceptional members in hospitality too. 

SheaMoisture

male g is an essential element to a well-dressed man. Gone are the days where men don’t get a fair share of grooming products to help us sparkle. Reduce razor bumps and skins irritation with the applications of SheaMoisture all-natural ingredients. A good shave and scrub is refreshing to help you conquer the world. More importantly, SheaMoisture is simplifying your beard regiment so that you can look great while greeting September style with effortless confidence. 

Laughing Lotus

It was 1977 when it all started for Dana as she grew up to the sounds of Donna Summers and the Beegees. “Oh how my parents loved to dance,” she said. Dana grew up and never wanted the dance party to end, so in 1987 she opened a joint in Hell’s Kitchen called Trixies, her nickname, and the place quickly became famous for the wild spirit of celebration she and her team created. Wacky and talented musical acts came in from all over the world to sing and play the spoons. They were featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and KathyLee & Regis. Soon after the explosion on the dance scene, Trixie, the “party girl” met yoga. At the time, Dana was doing high step aerobics, taking hip hop dance classes and she rode her bicycle everywhere. “It was surprising for me to find yoga, yet all the ingredients were always there – my love for music, movement and friends. This was my opportunity for awakening,” Dana said.

During Dana’s early years of practicing yoga, it felt like yoga was one practice and her love for dancing another. They were separate. It took years of showing up in her personal practice for her to begin to listen and trust and follow her passion to integrate movement, music, the flow of the breath, and a spiritual purpose. Finding herself and her voice was a slow process, but a natural one. Sometimes the music inspired the movement and sometimes the movement inspired the music and soon new shapes emerged — Krishna, Kali, Rainbow Warrior, oh my.

With the help and collaboration of Dana’s longtime partner, Jasmine Tarkeshi, the two cofounded and opened Laughing Lotus in New York City on a rooftop playground in 1999 and Lotus Flow, our Vinyasa style of Yoga, became a signature style where dance, devotion and discipline are the three major tenets.

The practice continues to be a fresh and creative celebration with Jasmine and all of the teachers at the Lotus. There’s an incredible architecture or form to the sequencing. It’s called freedom. There’s form and there’s formlessness and the mantra at Laughing Lotus is “Move Like Yourself.”

It’s 2012 and Laughing Lotus had a Dance Hall, a disco ball, a 40-foot graffiti wall and a Glitter Bar. It’s a community center, a spiritual community that nourishes your being, helps makes the teaching practical and teaches us all valuable lessons in sharing, empathy and seva. Today in NYC, millions of breaths later, tens of thousands of chakras opened and with over one thousand teacher graduates Laughing Lotus is having a yoga festival, a lotus reunion to gather, to share, to chant to celebrate and of course to DANCE! Here we are in 2019, and Laughing Lotus has introduceded NYC’s first ever Queens and Queers: Fluid Flow class that will live on the schedule and be offered monthly. This weekly Fluid Flow is designed for LQBTQ Community and your sparkly friends. Enjoy your Glittery Loving Yoga home where you can be YOU, connect more deeply to each other and your Highest Self. Dana’s love for the LGBTQ community has harnessed a deep connection throughout the years and with this connection, comes the newest collaboration with the K-Deer family; the first non-gender focused yoga pant, “The Dana” which has launched and can be spotted on some of the biggest influencers.

PUNTA MITA × SURF CAMP

Back by popular demand, Punta Mita announces its second annual Surf Camp

July 31-August 2nd, 2019

 

Punta Mita is thrilled to announce the second edition of the Punta Mita Surf Camp, an annual event that welcome back two Mexican legends on the water:  Diego Cadena and Coco Nogales, offering Surf, Yoga, SUP, amazing local cuisine and more!

For 2019, we have new additions with surf and SUP expert, Jessica Cichra, and Kristen Addicks, an internationally recognized yoga instructor.  Together with Coco and Diego they will lead an extraordinary program of surfing, yoga and SUP on the beautiful Mexican coastline of Punta Mita. These world-class instructors will perfect your skills in an interactive learning environment with personal training that is ideal for everyone from beginners to those more advanced looking to add high-level tricks to their repertoire. This is a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in one of the most outstanding surf destinations in the world.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm Welcome dinner by Chef Pato Pérsico at Pacífico Beach Club 

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am    Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club.
  • 7:30am- 8:15am    Yoga class by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am    Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 

Surf session with Mexico’s legendary surfers, while the crew gets to know each other and groups abilities. Coco Nogales, Diego Cadena and Jessica Cichra share their best tips and practices to improve your movements and skills for Surf and SUP.

  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 3:00pm- 6:00pm     Outrigger Canoe Training or Surfing experience 
  • 8:00 pm                  Group dinner at Pacifico Grill Latino

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

  • 7:00am- 8:00am     Breakfast at Pacífico Beach Club
  • 7:30am- 8:15am     Restorative Yoga by Kristen Addicks – Pacífico Beach Club
  • 8:30am- 9:30am     Surf lesson or SUP lesson – Pacífico Beach Club 
  • 10:00am-12:30pm  Surf Boat trip departing from Pacifico Beach Club 
  • 1:00pm- 2:00 pm    Lunch by Pacifico Beach Club culinary team 
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Introduction to Foil Basics of Jet Ski safety and FOIL surf training OR
  • 2:00pm- 5:30pm     Boat Trip Sunset Experience
  • 6:00pm                   Early evening: Sunset Surf session
  • 8:00pm                   Awards dinner on the beach

PACKAGES Prices includes taxes and service charges

With accomodations.

  • 4-night accommodation at The St. Regis Punta Mita.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person single occupancy: $2,799 USD
Price per person double occupancy: $1,999 USD

Surf Camp Participation Only 

  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • 2 days of classes & surfing, including surf equipment, theory and water transportation 
  • 2 yoga classes.

Price per person: $1,199 USD 

For further information and reservations, please contact events@puntamita.com

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Coco Nogales Raised in Puerto Escondido, Carlos “Coco” Nogales, is the most recognized big wave surfer in Mexico. A known wave hunter, a place in which fear and risk go hand in hand, Coco has earned the respect of the surf community and has mastered the swell in some of the world’s most iconic surf destinations, like in Teahupo’o, Haiti, where in 2015 he amazed the world with a death-defying ride on a wave approximately 15 meters high.

Diego Cadena Born in Sayulita, Nayarit, this master of shortboard surfing and specialist in spearfishing, Diego has had a successful career, dominating Mexican surfing for over 20 years and being named National Champion on multiple occasions. Diego holds the #2 Latin American Surfer ranking and represents Mexico in Surfing World Cups. 

Jessica Cichra   Jessica is deeply involved in the SUP racing circuit as an athlete. Her love for adventure and travel inspired her to begin instructing abroad, teaching national and international SUP Yoga and Bala Tula clinics, as well as organizing and facilitating international SUP and yoga retreats. 

Kristen Addicks Kristen is a yoga instructor from Marin County where she teaches Hatha Flow at Sukha Yoga, a combination of Vinyasa and Bikram, Power Flow and Gentle/Restorative Yoga. She is also a teacher-trainer at Some Like It Hot Yoga & Boutique and writes a yoga blog for Marin Magazine. Additionally, she runs a Yoga Sutra Study Group that studies the deeper meaning of yoga and leads international yoga adventure retreats. 

ABOUT PUNTA MITA, MEXICO

Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential gated community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas, residences and two Five-Diamond rated Resorts: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – both ranked 2018 Top Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Punta Mita also offers four Resident’s Beach Clubs, two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses, and Tennis Center. Pacifico Golf Course is best known for its famous island green, “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural ocean island green. For more information, please visit www.puntamita.com.

HARD ROCK HOTELS: ROCK OM

Encouraging guests to play hard and purify harder, Hard Rock Hotels has expanded its Sound Body Wellness Program with the launch of  Rock Om — an in-room and on-site yoga experience fusing together the ancient art of yoga with the beat of music, available at all 27 hotels worldwide!

This exciting, new and complimentary program allows guests to energize their bodies and souls through the power of music, enjoying the electrifying beats produced by renowned music producer, director, sound ambassador and yogi, DJ Drez, and instructed by his talented singer, songwriter and yogini wife, Marti Nikko, through three videos on the Hard Rock Video On Demand television channel. Additionally, select Hard Rock Hotels offer live, on-site Rock Om classes for those looking to find their Zen in more of a group setting.

As an added bonus, guests can order yoga kits to be delivered to them either prior to arrival, at check-in or during their stay. The yoga kits include a regionally-inspired Yogitoes towel created by Manduka specifically for Hard Rock Hotels, a Manduka PROlite yoga mat and a Manduka Go Play carrier bag — all exclusive to the Rock Om  program and available for purchase in the Rock Shop.

The program is designed to deliver a customized yoga experience, allowing guests to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize the mind, body and spirit through the brand’s biggest differentiator: music.  Please CLICK HERE  for more information.

Four Ways to Lose Belly Fat

Although it can be hard to target fat in order to burn it off your body, it is essential to your health to get rid of belly fat. This fat, also known as visceral fat, accumulates inside the body around vital organs. Fortunately, several ways to reduce belly fat exist, including those below.

Learn to De-Stress

One of the main causes of weight gain is stress. Many people eat when they are under stress, and their choice of snacks is usually salty, sugary, or processed foods. When people are under great amounts of stress, their body’s release cortisol, which in turn triggers insulin.

The insulin acts to lower your blood sugar, which can make you feel ravenously hungry, so you reach for anything that’s close at hand. It’s seldom healthy food that people binge on, so they end up gaining fat.

By learning to de-stress with yoga or meditation, you can stop the triggers that get you to eat unhealthy foods and gain fat around your middle.

Skip Sugary Drinks

Research has found that sugary drinks, like sodas, sweet tea or added sugar to coffee, can lead to having more visceral fat on your body. Visceral fat accumulates in the organs like the liver or heart, which can block it and result in heart attacks or strokes.

Instead of drinking sugary drinks, try replacing sodas with water and drink tea and coffee without sugar. Another cause of hunger can be dehydration, so if you’re craving food, drink a glass of water to hydrate your body to keep it healthy.

Add Supplements to Your Diet

Fat burning supplements and protein powders with fat burning ingredients like collagen can help reduce the fat gathering around your middle. Also, doing exercises targeting visceral fat will also reduce the fat in your abdominal area.

Losing this fat can prevent several serious diseases and help you live longer. Studies show that people with normal weight but with fat around their middles have shorter life spans than some people who are overweight. It’s not a bad idea to get more information about fat burning supplements.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Studies show that younger people who sleep less than five hours a night can have much higher levels of cortisol and ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone that can make you feel hungry, which along with cortisol, makes it easier to gain weight, especially around the middle.

Getting more good quality sleep, about eight hours or more, can stop triggering these two hormones. It can also keep your metabolism running at a good pace. Poor sleep habits can lead to the body slowing the metabolism to conserve energy, which also causes weight gains.

Visceral or belly fat is bad for your health because it can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. Even if you are young and in good shape, having just a small amount of visceral fat around your abdomen can shorten your life.

However, if you follow these four tips and eat a healthy diet and exercise, then you can lose the fat around your middle and live longer.

Ultimate Guide to Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy represents a new approach to mental health that seeks to alleviate emotional pain and restore well-being through a series of meditative practices that involve both the body and mind.

Over the last decades, researchers and mental health professionals have realized what Hindu monks have been teaching for thousands of years – a holistic approach to psychological and physical health is the key to balance and well-being.

Yoga – which is the foundation of yoga therapy – is an extremely complex spiritual tradition that has a history of roughly five thousand years, rich literature, and clear practice guidelines.

Luckily, over the years, practitioners have simplified this approach and made it accessible to anyone who’s interested in self-exploration and self-growth.

Yoga Therapy: What is it?

Considered both an art and a discipline, yoga is an ancient Indian practice characterized by meditation and physical activity, which can improve the body’s flexibility, reduce stress, and cultivate an overall state of health and well-being.

Yoga therapy represents a collection of principles, techniques, and practices derived from Hindu philosophy and adapted to clinical settings. By using meditation, breathing techniques, and body poses, this approach aims to improve our overall health and promote a state of calm and well-being.

According to a 2013 study [1], yoga therapy helps people with mental illness by cultivating a state of calm, increasing awareness and focus, promoting acceptance and adaptability, and cultivating a sense of security.

Yoga Therapy Theory

In Sanskrit (a language of ancient India), yoga means union. In other words, yoga therapy promotes an integrative and holistic [2] approach to mental health.

The union that yoga therapists and practitioners often mention is that between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga teachings stipulate that once we unite these three fundamental aspects of human experience into one element, we can reach a state of balance and health on all levels.

Some practitioners go so far as to believe that spiritual enlightenment and true unity can only be achieved in India, the birthplace of Yoga.

However, this doesn’t mean that yoga – as a series of health-promoting practices – can’t be effective in other parts of the world. In fact, countless practitioners have successfully promoted and implemented this approach all over the globe.

How Does Yoga Therapy Suggest the Mind Works?

In yoga therapy, the relationship between body, mind, and spirit represents a fundamental element that can serve as an explanatory model for the cause of physical and mental illness and also provide a pathway to balance and healing.

We all strive, more or less consciously, to free ourselves from the limited notion of what we are or, more precisely, what we commonly believe we are. In broad lines, we tend to identify with our body, mind, possessions, relationships, social status, bringing all these elements into one comprehensive picture we call ‘life.’

But these mental constructs are merely shadows of the truth that lies within ourselves; a truth that’s often hard to understand because of ignorance, narrow-mindedness, or lack of self-awareness.

By taking a holistic approach to health, yoga therapy seeks to restore balance and well-being through a series of physical, mental, and spiritual practices.

Read more about yoga therapy HERE.