When it comes to authentic body-mind wellness, few things compare to the natural benefits of yoga and meditation. Yoga initiates physical components that help stimulate blood and lymph flow (thereby reducing inflammation), while meditation works to quiet the mind and reduce anxiety and chronic stress, two root causes of inflammatory disease. At Rejuvenation Health, renowned author and biologic dentist Dr. Gerry Curatola has pioneered a holistic approach to health and wellness that emphasizes mindful meditation, empowers patients through restorative yoga, and galvanizes self-healing through internal balance.
As “energy beings,” we’re easily susceptible to the physically and emotionally draining aspects of stress, anxiety and depression. When stress and anxiety become too much, the body and mind go into panic mode, and the result is often a negative physical manifestation in the form of inflammation. In the event that stress-related inflammation becomes chronic, a variety of physical ailments and diseases can ensue. For these reasons, it is important to use guided meditation – even if just for 10 or 15 minutes per day – in order to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and revert the mind and body back to a state of balance.
Yoga is also an internal therapeutic practice that has the ability to improve focus and attention, galvanize self-awareness and intuition, and restore inner peace. From a physical perspective, yoga is also exceptionally beneficial in terms of improving posture and flexibility, decreasing joint pain, jump-starting metabolism, promoting weight loss, boosting immunity, increasing energy and improving cardiovascular health. Yoga is also known to decrease levels of stress hormones in the body, boost the nervous system and improve toxin elimination via increased lymphatic drainage.
Hatha yoga is one of the more common forms of yoga in the U.S. It involves an extensive array of physical components along with coordinated breathing techniques, meditation and even dietary cleansing.
Incorporating elements of traditional Chinese medicine, yin yoga is a pain relief yoga that involves holding asanas for several minutes in order to elongate connective tissue and amplify blood flow to the joints and muscles.
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