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   YOGA  Hacienda Pacific Yoga
2010 - Volume 1 Issue 2
Vida Fronteriza
Health & Wellness
Article: Charlotte Tallman
Joe Burgess
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Yoga has been around since before written history, with archeological sites featuring stone carvings depicting various Yoga positions. While no one knows exactly when Yoga began, those who practice the traditions of Yoga have a good idea of why it is still around.

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1.) Melinda Volent-Kerner works with Levi Benitiz on a yoga pose.

2.) Yoga instructor Melinda Volent-Kerner in her studio.

Hacienda Pacifica Yoga
Melinda Volent-Kerner
The Tradition of Yoga has been passed on through the years from teacher to student through oral teaching and practical demonstration because of the impact it has on the mind and body. From those teachings, more formal techniques of Yoga were created. In the United States, Yoga became popular in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until more recently that the benefits of Yoga brought more respect as a method of managing stress and improving health and well-being.

“The word Yoga itself means unity, and when you practice Yoga, it brings the body and mind together,” says Melinda Volent-Kerner, a Kripalu Yoga instructor and owner of the Hacienda Pacifica Yoga studio.

The practice of Yoga is built on exercise, breathing and meditation. Through exercises designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body (increasing its efficiency and total health) and breathing techniques that are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body, the body and mind are prepared for meditation. Through meditation, mental clarity can be found.

Yoga is not a religion and has no creed or fixed set of beliefs, and there is not a figure to be worshipped. The core of Yoga’s philosophy is that everything is supplied from within the individual and the system of techniques can be used for a number of goals, from simply managing stress better, learning to relax, and increasing limberness all the way to becoming more self-aware and acquiring the deepest knowledge of one’s own self.

“To me Yoga is like a drug,” Melinda says. “I can’t get enough of it. My whole well-being depends on yoga and it is a wonderful feeling.”

There are many types of Yoga, but the Kripalu Yoga Melinda practices focuses on integrating the mind, body and spirit while bringing goodness into the world.

“Kripalu is not just about posture, but breathing and meditation,” she says. “By getting rid of all the blocks in your body, you get some mental clarity as well. Whatever the reason for starting Yoga, or whatever type of Yoga you practice, it becomes so much bigger.” ///
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