Healthy & Happy
May, 2012 - Issue #91
Viniyoga Embraces Function Over Form to Heal
Viniyoga is a tradition which has its roots in ancient teachings dating back thousands of years. The sanskirt word "vini" is defined as "appropriate application," understood to mean adaptation and modification applied to every movement in the body. It is unique due to the approach to breathing in relationship to the spine and how every movement is synchronized with the breath. Through these techniques, the mind will become more focused, the body will relax, there will be a shift in energy level and the spine, our fountain of youth, will re-establish normal fluid and increased range of motion.

There is no "perfect" or one-size-fits-all asana in Viniyoga. Unlike having to force your body into a pose that places you in a pretzel and does not respect your body structure, the poses are modified to the needs of the individual. Function is over form for the purpose of emphasizing an individual's needs and ability level. Moving in and out of a pose, combined with holding for several breaths, is referred to in the Viniyoga world as "repetition and stay." Repetition is useful for warming up the body, followed by "staying" to build strength. Through the appropriate application that meets the needs of the individual, the science of Viniyoga is a time-tested, effective technique. This practice has been found to be especially helpful with chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and anxiety. Group asana classes are suitable for beginning to intermediate practitioners wanting a healing, therapeutic yoga practice which will build strength, nourish the body, increase flexibility and improve circulation.

Want to give yoga a try? Yoga Yoga is offering all moms a free class on Mother's Day, May 13. 222-7777

Why, if You Need a Hearing Device, You should Visit this Practice
If you live in or near Santa Clarita and need a hearing device, you owe it to yourself to visit Advanced Audiology. Here are five reasons why: The owner and audiologist, Nola Aronson, has been in practice since 1982, most of that time in the SCV. Their goal is to educate while improving people's social and family life with better hearing. They carry five of the top major brands of high-tech hearing devices with five different budget ranges. They are honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable about all aspects of hearing and therefore are the chosen audiologists for SC ENT. Their motto is to always give more than the client expects.

Advanced Audiology offers free hearing consultations and screenings.253-EARS (3277)

A New Health Experience for Women
Total Woman Gym & Day Spa is the largest, full-service women's-only gym and day spa in Southern California. Total Woman believes in a holistic approach to wellness. Your health is your life and at Total Woman, they encourage their members to lead a healthy lifestyle through exercise and spa therapies. Personal trainers design custom exercise programs just for you, and they provide motivation, guidance and education you need to feel great and get the results you're looking for. Pilates instructors help you improve core strength and balance your muscles and improve the way your body functions, looks and feels. Their dynamic teams of group instructors have the expertise and experience to lead fun, effective and safe classes designed to accommodate all fitness levels, goals and interests. Their classes foster a sense of camaraderie and community which also contributes to your wellbeing and health. Lastly, the Atmosphere Day Spa offers the unique concept of total body wellness, from massage to advanced spa skin therapies. It offers a wide variety of services to ease your mind and relax your body, providing you with a rejuvenating experience.

Total Woman Gym & Day Spa Preview Fitness Center is now open at 27069 McBean Parkway (next to Subway) in Valencia. 219-0403

Latest on Senior Nutrition & Hunger Issues
The science and research on Senior Nutrition changes on a regular basis thanks to breakA­throughs in geriatrics, nutrition and disease management. Recent key findings include:
Studies showed that formal meal programs prevent further declines in nutritional risks among seniors. Malnutrition leads to increased hospital length of stay, complications, hospital readmission, early institutionalization and decreased survival times. Malnutrition is much more difficult to correct in the elderly than with younger adults. Older people are less likely than younger ones to show signs of malnutrition and nutrient malabsorption. Studies with specific subjects showed that 40 to 50 percent were malnourished and under-nutrition is estimated at 55 to 61 percent in hospitalized patients. These estimates are in the same range of those that were cited by the American Dietetic Association in its Congressional testimony (35 to 85 percent of seniors in the care of others are at risk for under- or malnutrition). Seniors need assistance with food shopping, especially senior men. Years of experience as a nurse did not seem to positively influence knowledge about nutrition, which was best improved by specific training.

Visit Comfort Keepers In-home Care's nutrition-specific website. 287-4200
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