Yoga and Chiropractic – Tapping into the Inherent Wisdom of the Body
Chiropractor and Yoga Instructor, Cathy Englehart presents an eagerly anticipated workshop this month “GETTING DOWN TO THE BONES” – A Mindful Exploration of the Hips, Knees & Feet. With tremendous respect for how these two sister sciences complement each other, I asked Cathy to give us a little more insight.
Cathy Englehart, DC PS shares…
Yoga and Chiropractic are both systems based on the inherent wisdom of the body and are best understood when we can experience that wisdom in our own bodies. They teach us how to hear the unique language of the body, thus encouraging us to claim jurisdiction over our own health care. The philosophies are not new: the body heals itself when it is well cared for. We can look to Chiropractic care and yoga to guide us through body knowing how best to learn that care.
We focus on the spinal column, as it provides both foundation and protection for our physical body. Restrictions of the spine compromise physical alignment and interrupt nervous system function. Chiropractic adjustment restores spinal motion promoting coordination and greater ease of movement. As we rediscover joint movement, we improve function. Each time we are treated, the body remembers movement that is adaptable.
Yoga asana practice is the perfect complement to Chiropractic Care. When we practice mindfully, we experience our bodies as having a multitude of options within a balanced framework and we can explore movement beneath our patterned behaviors.
In our electronic and mechanized lifestyle, body awareness is essential. When our postural (think computer neck and shoulders) or behavioral (think type A person’s muscle tension) habits prevent us from engaging in different activities, the body compresses on itself and is no longer open to a dynamic engagement with life. We stop enjoying movement activities and we reduce the flow of life force that is essential for health.
Both Chiropractic and Yoga provide opportunities for us to participate in a dialogue with the body. Through this conversation, we introduce conscious awareness to subconscious physical patterns, prompting the nervous system to continually make new connections: connections between mind and body, and dare we hope between heart and soul.
Join Cathy Englehart, DC PS for “Getting Down to the Bones” – A mindful exploration of the hips, knees & feet – Sat. June 22nd 2-5pm.