“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

– B.K.S. Lyengar

The WELL Program incorporates yogic exercise because it both strengthens and stretches the body, improving overall health and reinforcing positive lifestyle changes and recovery from lifestyle addictions. Yoga can also be practiced anywhere, anytime, without additional equipment.

There are two main types of exercise: isotonic and isometric. In isotonic exercise you work your muscles through a range of motion to build strength. Examples of isotonic exercise include weight lifting, jogging, or aerobics. In isometric exercise you strengthen muscle by holding your body in a static position, as in yoga. Isometric exercise is best for building stamina and endurance, as well as strength. Unlike isotonic exercise, isometric exercises such as yoga and deep stretching, can be performed at any age with low risk of injury.

A great example of isometric exercise being performed late in life can be found in AAA Magazine’s article about Bernice Bates, the world’s oldest yoga teacher, still teaching and practicing yoga at 91 years of age.

With conscious breathing, we gently move our bodies into different poses that stretch the muscles and improve healthy functioning of the organs and all systems of the body, including:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Hormonal
  • Digestive

The stretching movements stimulate glands and create a higher functioning of the immune system, reducing the risk of disease and enhancing our recovery from illnesses. In addition to relieving fatigue and increasing energy levels, regular yogic stretching:

  • Reduces stress
  • Elevates mood
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Reinforces recovery from common household addictions

The enduring wisdom of yogic practice has been passed down through the oral tradition for thousands of years. Today, scientists have confirmed the benefits of this practice for general health and well being, and as a therapy for certain medical conditions. In addition, the practice of yoga can release spiritual, intellectual and creative energies, all of which add to the quality of life.