Heart disease continues to be the number one killer in the United States and has rapidly become one of the major killers in most developing nations.
Although genetic factors contribute to its development, some research shows that 75 to 90 percent of coronary artery disease is caused by “lifestyle” risk factors like:
high blood pressure
elevated blood cholesterol
Recognizing and modifying these risk factors can save lives.
Psychosocial factors such as depression, anxiety, anger and social isolation also appear to play a role in the development of heart disease. In fact, 10 to 25 percent of “unexplained” heart disease may be partially attributed to psychosocial risk factors, demonstrating the power of the mind-body connection and lending credibility to the ancient wisdom that we are more than our bodies.
Identification and alleviation of these conditions may not only decrease the incidence of heart disease and its ramifications, but also promote overall well-being. This is where yoga and meditation come in.
Yoga is often viewed as a popular fitness activity designed to improve strength, vitality and flexibility through challenging exercises. In reality, these exercises are just one component of yoga. Derived from the Sanskrit root, (yuj = union) yoga is a comprehensive science that strives for union or joining of the mind, body and spirit in awareness. The central and dominant practice of yoga is meditation, which is the systematic process of allowing the mind to become still for specific periods of time each day.
By incorporating meditation, the main benefits of yoga can be experienced “off the mat” in how one handles the everyday stresses in life, and cultivates the ability to experience deep contentment, peace and joy even amidst chaos.
There are far-reaching benefits that come from a still mind as gleaned over the last few decades. Hundreds of studies have examined the effects of yoga and meditation on heart disease, repeatedly demonstrating significant improvements in not only conventional risk factors, but also in symptoms of heart disease, reduced need for cardioprotective medications and in the decreased rate of progression of atherosclerosis, the systemic process that leads to heart attacks and strokes.
Join Us Every Monday from January 28th - March 4th
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
6 Class Series $75.00 (One Class Free)
Drop In $15.00/class
Learn the basics on yoga in this class! Learn the basic poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Hone your body awareness, strengthen the core, and improve your balance. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Increase your stamina and confidence, while having fun in a safe, community atmosphere.
Molly Murkett Bruno is excited to share her love of movement, breath and relaxation through teaching yoga and practicing Reiki. Molly was instantly attracted to the revitalizing and transformational benefits of yoga as a balance to a busy lifestyle.
Molly received her 200 hour Bliss-inspired Yoga Teacher Training at Blissworks in New London in November 2013. Her training was Anusara inspired, with focus on correct alignment and the 5 principles. She integrates the heart centered themes into her teaching, providing students with mental, emotional, and spiritual instruction, as well as the physical. A Reiki master, she joins her passions for yoga and energy work in her classes with Reiki infused assists during savasana. In 2016, Molly also trained with Karen O’Donnell Clarke of Yoga Heals Us and received her 25 hour certification for Chair Yoga.
66 Franklin St
Norwich CT 06360
(Upstairs in the Owens Room)