Mar 12

Vets use yoga for managing personal change

How can veterans of the Armed Forces cultivate a sense of peace and calm, especially if they are suffering from lingering emotional damage caused by battlefield traumas? According to the Miami Herald, one of the most effective methods for pushing through such problems and attaining healthy living is yoga.

Former Marine sergeant Hugo Patrocinio is living proof of that. He recently recovered his sense of inner equilibrium, after a brush with death sent him spinning.

It all started in July of 2006, when Patrocinio was serving a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. While patrolling near Fallujah, the sergeant, who was 23 at the time, witnessed a horrific explosion, which occurred when suicide bombers set off 1,000 pounds of explosives in a dump truck.

Patrocinio was 20 feet from the truck when it detonated.

However, while he miraculously survived the shrapnel and the severe concussion, he had a much harder time overcoming the events' emotional aftershocks – that is, until he took up yoga for managing personal change.

"I didn't understand yoga but I knew it was helping somehow," he explained to the news source. "Now I am not afraid to go to sleep."

Mar 12

Yoga blows other personal change models away

The enthusiasts in our Georgia yoga classes sometimes ask us if we've tried other personal change models and, if we did, what we thought of them. They're often curious because they've delved into other personal improvement regimens themselves. And usually they agree with our answers: Yes, and yoga takes the cake!

You see, our mind-body system entails all the benefits of deep breathing, stretching, meditation, tai chi, qigong, acupressure and brain wave vibration without any of the pesky aches and pains that are associated with other regimens.

Even other types of yoga can't measure up to Dahn Yoga itself. Consider a book recently published by New York Times senior reporter William J. Broad. Called The Science of Yoga, the text describes some of the injuries that practitioners have suffered while doing vigorous, excessively gymnastic forms of holistic exercise.

At Dahn Yoga, that's not what we're about. Our community centers don't push heavy exercise or back-breaking stretches on students. Instead, our holistic routine centers around activities that relax the body and open up the mind.

That way, you can improve your mental, physical and spiritual well-being all at once.

Feb 12

With yoga, making personal changes can start today!

At Dahn Yoga, we've noticed that our Atlanta yoga classes are more popular than ever, with new practitioners signing up almost every day. It's not all that surprising, really, given the amount of good press lately about the regimen's positive effects for people who are simplifying their daily lives and making personal changes.

Take, for instance, a new article written for the Worcester Telegram by health expert Jane Brody. In it, the newspaper correspondent talked about the latest book by William J. Broad, called The Science of Yoga.

Even though the new volume has caused some controversy for its depictions of ultra-rare yoga-related injuries, Brody explained that it made her decide to finally try the holistic healing routine.

"If the science recounted in this book is correct (knowing Broad, I have every reason to think it is), my creaky joints and muscles may reap some important rewards from an individualized yoga prescription," Brody wrote for the news source. "I'm especially concerned about my back, which is riddled with narrowed vertebral spaces and prone to spasms and sciatica."

Many alternative health experts agree that the mind-body regimen may be just the thing for people like Brody who are looking to make physical and mental changes all at once.

Feb 12

Making personal changes? Start with yoga

For people who are at a fork in the road in their lives, it can be hard to choose a personal change model. Just think how many there are: inspirational books, self-help guides, holistic philosophies, community classes, exercise regimens, one-on-one learning and more! How do you decide which is best for you?

Well, with Dahn Yoga, you don't have to decide, since the mind-body regimen is a bit like all of these activities rolled up into one!

If you're making personal changes, you could hardly do better than joining your local Dahn Yoga community. That's because our sincere, friendly and committed members are all about integrating mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health into one holistic pursuit.

Think of it this way. If you're exercising, are you caring for your mind? No. When studying a philosophy, are you attending to your body? No. By reading a book, are you using your spirit? Probably not.

That's why Dahn Yoga combines all these activities and more! We offer a program that addresses every aspect of a person, from their social persona to their innermost identity.

Try a class! Before you know it, you'll have brought every facet of your life into a calm, blissful balance.

Feb 12

Making personal changes can be as simple as stepping into a yoga class

If you've ever walked past a community center that offers Georgia yoga classes, you may have noticed dozens of happy people greeting each other on their way in or out. What's got all these folks so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?

The simple answer is that it's the yoga. There's no "secret sauce" that helps enthusiasts in improving their health or making personal changes. Instead, all it takes is a sincere commitment to the mind-body regimen and an open and receptive heart.

That said, explaining what is actually happening to a person's mental and physical health during yoga and meditation…well, that's a little more complex.

You see, yoga isn't just a series of stretches and poses. And anyone who says that is taking the wrong kind of class! Yoga exercises that overwork the muscles and strain the tendons are too taxing on the body, and at the same time, they simply do not address a person's mental, emotional, spiritual and communal needs.

At its root, an effective holistic system like Dahn Yoga consists of the pursuit of inner equilibrium. This means using a full range of tools, including deep breathing, tai chi, qigong, meditation, body tapping and brain wave vibration. Trust us: You'll leave class positively beaming!

Jan 12

In the new year, yoga is great for making personal changes

Every New Year, tens of millions of Americans vow to eat better, get more sleep, venture outdoors, quit smoking or in some other way improve their lives a little bit. Unfortunately, many personal change modes that are based on New Year's resolutions don't last very long. This may be why one natural health expert recently recommended making personal changes through yoga.

Elaine Gavalas wrote an article for the Huffington Post explaining that more than anything else, people resolve each year to lose weight. And as you might expect, even the best-laid of such plans can go awry.

"Most weight loss [programs] are fads that offer short-term solutions to a long-term problem," Gavalas explained. "In contrast, yoga offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a natural result of enjoyable yoga exercise and diet."

According to a recent survey, the top New Year's resolution of 2012 is to become more physically fit, followed closely by losing weight.

In order to actually follow through on such a resolution, it can be helpful to take up a holistic solution to your overall health, one that improves mental, physical and interpersonal well-being all at once.

You know what that means – yoga!

Dec 11

Yoga is as good for making personal changes as weightlifting

If you like reading the latest fitness news stories, you may have come across a new entry in the Globe and Mail's healthy living blog concerning the relative merits of yoga and weightlifting. Author and trainer Kathleen Trotter had some interesting things to say about the two.

For one thing, she noted that yoga may be better for joint health and overall muscle toning, even though it does not build as much muscle as weightlifting typically does.

In response to a reader question about what to use to allay shoulder pain, Trotter said that yoga is usually much easier on joints, whereas pumping iron can actually make joint aches worse.

She added that for someone who wants to try both activities, the best course of action is to start the week with one day of weightlifting and then spend the remaining days doing yoga, stretching, deep breathing and meditation.

In other words, unless you are looking to become a bodybuilder, yoga is typically better suited for almost anyone.

The holistic mind-body system can increase flexibility, improve breathing, reduce stress and contribute to a profound sense of peace.

Nov 11

Yoga product line espouses selfish personal change model

Many enthusiasts take Atlanta yoga classes in order to relax, reflect and recuperate from a long day at work. Others enjoy the self healing regimen for its ability to improve strength and balance while providing simultaneous mental and emotional clarity. But who takes yoga as an espousal of personal selfishness?

Evidently, some do. According to a news report published by TIME Magazine, the yoga product manufacturer Lululemon Athletica has recently begun selling tote bags with the phrase "Who is John Galt?" printed in large letters on the side.

For those unfamiliar with the phrase, it is a recurring rhetorical question in Atlas Shrugged, a controversial 1957 novel written by Ayn Rand about the virtue of selfishness. (Lest you think we're misusing that last word, we direct you to her 1964 essay collection, The Virtue of Selfishness.)

You may be saying, "Wait, I thought yoga's personal change model was about selflessness!" If so, you're not alone. Thousands of unhappy responses have flooded the company's blog.

Toronto yoga instructor Sarah Kurchak told the Globe and Mail that the sentiment embodied by the quote runs contrary to what the holistic routine is all about – namely, interpersonal connections and the renunciation of materialism.

"It's a clash with yoga values," she told the newspaper. "That was the last straw."

Nov 11

Yoga and personal change management go hand in hand

For individuals who are interested in making either personal changes or a public difference, yoga classes may be the perfect place to start.

Such was the thrust of an article recently published in the Vancouver Courier, which profiled activist and yoga instructor Michael Stone. The long-time enthusiast told the newspaper that he has always felt a connection between the inner life cultivated in yoga class and the external, interpersonal energy found in volunteerism.

"When people start to deepen their yoga practice, they start to make contact with deeper values in their life," Stone told the Courier. "When you start going inward, you naturally also start going outward."

The instructor plans to deliver a lecture on this topic at this year's Yoga Conference and Show. Stone will touch on the relevance of the Occupy Wall Street movement to the daily lives of yoga practitioners everywhere.

Whether it's for public or personal change management, doing Dahn Yoga's stretches, poses and mindfulness meditation is an effective way to discover what you are truly capable of. As an added bonus, the mind-body regimen may be performed nearly anywhere, from a packed convention center to the crowded street corners of Occupy Atlanta.

Nov 11

NFL running back describes using yoga for making personal changes

Few people can say they've lived the kind of life that Ricky Williams has. At 34, the NFL pro football star is a running back for the Ravens and a licensed yoga instructor at the same time. The holistic system was a key element in his personal change model.

Why would Williams need to change? After all, he won the Heisman Trophy during his senior year of college, during which time he became (for awhile, anyway) the NCAA all-time leader in rushing yards. Williams was then drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

However, life isn't always so easy. Williams has admitted to suffering from severe anxiety and avoidance disorders, for which he at one time self-medicated with marijuana. This period of his life was difficult and almost cost him his career.

However, he found a simple method for making personal changes: yoga.

Today, Williams is a licensed yoga teacher. He regularly leads yoga classes, often donating all proceeds to charity, according to Baltimore Magazine.

He told the Yoga Journal that his very first class as a student changed his life.

"I was rushed with insight into my life and thought, 'Wow, this is powerful,'" Williams told the new source. "After that, I was sold and started going to [yoga] five to seven times a week."