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Meet Cathleen Coombs!

"I have been practicing yoga for the last 14 years. Yoga was initially a form of exercise to help me heal from an injury. Then it became more of a way of living, one in which one lives by simple principles: do no harm, non competition, let go of that which no longer serves you. I am a mother of 2 and a counselor that has served people with disabilities for 29 years. I always say that I have a servant’s heart. To be able to serve is the greatest privilege. I look forward to getting to know you."

Cathleen

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Where Did Yoga Come From?

Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. The actual Sanskrit word, when broken down, means "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". The word has also been translated to mean "joining", "uniting" and "union". The union is made between the self and the spirit. Yoga is a major part of the Hindu religion as it embodies their natural state of being and spiritual enlightenment. As a part of Hinduism, Yoga belongs to one of the six Hindu schools of philosophy. If you dig deeper, you can read about how yoga is used in conjunction with meditation. Yoga is also a major part of Buddhism as a part of their meditation practices. It has even been linked to Islam and early Christianity.

Yoga today has become increasingly popular, not so much for the spiritual benefits as for the physical advantages. You can take a yoga class at your local gym, a yoga studio or from the privacy of your own home through a personal instructor or yoga dvd. From popular musicians embracing Yoga to magazines filled with yoga ads, you simply cannot get away from Yoga and the influence it has had physically and mentally for a lot of people.

Yoga Benefits

Yoga can do a lot for the human body, although it won't cure every ailment. Yoga can be worked into virtually any lifestyle or schedule. Yoga has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

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Physical Benefits of Yoga

Increased Flexibility

Increased Strength

Improved Balance

Increased Stamina

Improved Body Alignment (reduces joint pain)

Mental Benefits of Yoga

Stress Reduction

Body Awareness

Better Sleep

Improve self-confidence

Relaxation

There are many more physical and mental benefits, but these are the major ones. Those who suffer from certain conditions can also benefit from yoga. Women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant can benefit greatly from yoga.