You see them everywhere. Especially here in San Francisco. No matter what time of the day … and particularly on weekends. People walking around in stretch pants, often wearing slightly too much fluro, carrying a rolled up mat in one hand and a bottle of water in the other. Where are they all going?

To yoga!

But despite the appearance of some of the fans you may see on the street, yoga is far more than just another trend du jour like zumba or soul cycle! Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins dating back to ancient India, combining physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy.

As an individual you are far more than simply a walking brain. Your mind, body (and soul) often need to find a calm place – a time for you to really connect with your entire body. Some people who practise yoga may be addressing specific health conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety. However several studies suggest that practising yoga can improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure; help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia; and improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.

Yoga is the perfect accompaniment to acupuncture. Trust me your body will love you if you combine both practices as part of your weekly wellness regime. To simply be with your body and your own breath is a wonderful experience. But remember that everyone’s body is different, and yoga postures should be modified based on your own individual capabilities. Make sure you select a studio and an instructor who is experienced and attentive to your needs helping you practise yoga safely.

Give it a go … Feed your soul; stir you mind; your body will thank you for it.