As part of your wellness program, I amy recommend particular yoga postures and/or meditation to assist and lengthen the effects of treatment. Additionally, you may be taught effective breathing techniques to help deal with stress and tension, warm or cool your body, and increase focus and awareness.
The word yoga comes from ancient Sanskrit and means "union". It can be thought of as a yoke of sorts, binding together the body, mind, and spirit. Ultimately, yoga is the union of the individual's unit consciousness with the infinite consciousness. Although it can be practice religiously each day, yoga is not a religion. A more accurate description of yoga would be to say that it is an ancient science.
The process of yoga focuses on the need to control the "waves" of the mind. The mind is considered to be the link between the body and the spirit, or consciousness. The habits of the mind can bind us to the temporal life, called maya, or "illusion," which, by its very nature, consists of pairs of opposites (happy/sad, good/bad).
On the other hand, this very same mind leads us to merge with the infinite. This is the focus and intent of yoga.
Meditation helps to integrate the mind-body connection. It allows us to un-plug from from our hectic lives and reset our emtional and nervous systems and fills us with the peace and equminity we need to function at the pace our lives demand.
"Prayer is when the mind is one pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to man." - Yogi Bhajan
"Meditation is not forcing your mind to be quiet; it's finding the quiet that's already there".....
"Although meditation has been wrapped in an aura of mysticism for many centuries, at its heart lies this extremely practical and unmystical process of quieting the mind. It is the surest way to open a channel of healing."-Deepak Chropa