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Hey, folks! I’m Dr. Trish Murray. I am a physician, I am a best-selling author, and I am the Health Catalyst Speaker. I do a regular podcast entitled Discover Health Podcast. Today, I’m interviewing on the podcast Meghan Vestal. Hi, Meghan! How are you today?
Hi, Dr. Trish. How are you?
I’m great. How are you today?
Great! Today, Meghan and I are talking about balance and yoga. Many people hear about yoga all the time, of course. It’s such a wonderful modality for us to stay healthy, but today our focus with Meghan is going to be talking particularly about balance and how yoga can help you with that.
Let me tell you a little bit about Meghan and then we’re going to get into this discussion. Meghan Vestal is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level. She completed her 200- and 300-hour trainings consecutively through Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda in Sandwich, New Hampshire. She teaches a multitude of yoga classes outside, inside, and online including our Discover Yoga class as part of the Discover Health Movement Membership program. Meghan teaches gentle yoga, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and beginner yoga. Her philosophy is that everyone can benefit from yoga in some way, and that yoga is ultimately the best practice to connect with body, mind, breath, and spirit. In addition to teaching the physical practice of yoga (called asana), Meghan also provides guided meditation and breath work (pranayama) instruction. We’re going to be hitting on a lot of this today.
Meghan let’s get right into it! How does the practice of yoga improve balance?
So, as you said, Trish, yoga is such a great modality and it’s really well-rounded if it’s taught correctly and holistically. When I teach yoga, it’s really a mindful practice, a mindfulness-based exercise. You’re not only moving your physical body, but you are also working on concentrating whether that is in the physical postures or as part of your meditation practice or part of the breathing techniques that I like to include. That focus, that concentration is really going to help you in the movement, in the postures where we are asking your physical body to do some type of balance. That movement and that coordination are really beneficial for your physical body on and off of your yoga mat. It’s going to help you build that strength and that tone to your muscles so that you’re able to hold your body up in space and kind of manipulate it into these different postures that we like to have a lot of fun with. That coordination is also going to help you in your day-to-day life. Walking down the street or going up and down your stairs. I like to bring in a variety of poses that help us to challenge our balance so that’s really important.If we were moving only in the ways that we felt comfortable, we wouldn’t see all that much improvement.Click To Tweet If we are challenging ourselves and having fun with that, so not forgetting to smile and maybe laugh a little bit if we’re coming in and out of the poses. That’s all part of the practice of yoga. It’s a really great modality for many different things: calming yourself, incorporating some movement, but also working on your stability and your balance.
Yeah! Balance, folks, let’s talk about a moment here, Meghan, East versus West. Yoga – how long has it been around?
It’s been around for thousands of years, but when it came over to the United States, in particular, it was mostly viewed as this physical exercise-type activity. Which it is, partially, but it’s so much more than that. What we are learning in our yoga teacher trainings and what I want to bring forth to my students is that it’s this incorporation of East and West. It’s really a holistic practice that, like I said, is going to bring in kind of that mental aspect dealing with your emotions, your energetic body, as well as your physical body. That’s so important especially if you’ve never practiced before to make sure that you let go of that stereotype of, as you always say, turning yourself into a pretzel! Yes, you might feel as though some poses are challenging your body in that way, but the practice is so much more than that and you’ll get a lot of benefits if you are attending a class and working with an instructor that sees it more holistically.
Yeah. I mean, so many times I’ve been to yoga classes. I’ve done yoga for many, many years and that’s why I have it as part of Discover Health Movement Membership. It’s so important. It saved me after medical school when I was in my early forties. I didn’t go to medical school until I was thirty, folks. I finished all my training and everything else and even though I had been an elite athlete as a young person, you know, six or seven years of training in medical school and residency and not sleeping and all of that stuff trashed me in a lot of ways just like it does many people. I can remember going for a hike after I finished residency and stuff up here in the mountains and I was so exhausted I couldn’t complete the hike. I felt like I was eighty at the age of forty. You know what? That was not where I was going to go. To be honest, what I got into and I said to myself, yoga has been around for thousands of years. I need to start stretching my body. I got into yoga, and it changed everything and led me into more of the path of fascia, which we’ll talk more about and my latest book is about.
The thing I want to point out and what you’ve just emphasized, Meghan, is East versus West. Yoga came from the East and it came to the West and we took the balance out of it. We’re talking about balance. There are challenging postures in yoga, absolutely. Yoga encourages challenging yourself in balance, challenging yourself in strength, challenging yourself in endurance. But the thing about the West, is that seems to be all many people focus on. Yes, the idea that we’re going to challenge ourselves by tying ourselves up like a pretzel and holding ourselves in warrior for forever. That’s not what yoga’s about!
Yes, that’s a part of it, but the balance is the eastern part. Balance your mind, balance your energy, balance your consciousness, and always balance a challenging posture with a restorative posture.Click To Tweet The idea that your body is going to be kept in excellent balance so that you can endure the day and feel like you’re ready to face the day. Or, if your focus is in the evening, doing a class being able to sleep better. It’s so important to remember balance of East and West, balance of challenging versus restorative. This is one of the major reasons why I think yoga is something that we all need in our lives. So, let’s talk a moment about how effective the yoga is on the fascia and the whole system, meaning you’re not just working your arm, you’re not just working your leg. Talk about, Meghan, how yoga encourages full body movement on the nervous system as well as the connective tissue system.
Well, it really is a full-body practice. Kind of piggybacking to what you were saying, it’s so much less about the result. You go into a different type of exercise practice, let’s say, and you have this expectation and what you will achieve at the end of your hour. Yoga is much more about…and why we call it a practice…is because it’s something that you come back to time and time again, and that’s when you’ll really start to notice some differences in your body. I like to let my students let go of their expectations and really just be in the moment. Noticing what their body feels like. If they come on to the mat and they’re feeling tight and tense they might be feeling like their fascia is stiff and immobile, we’ll guide through a variety of poses and flows and the kind of stereotypical yoga part of the practice, but throughout the class and then at the end of class I always try to bring people back in stillness, maybe in quiet, and touch base with their body again. They might notice a difference, they might not notice that big of a difference, but it’s all about bringing that awareness in. Letting go of what is going on in your environment. What I love about the online class is that you’re not all that concerned about what other students are doing. It’s really all about what’s going on in your physical body, your mental body.
Getting my students more familiar with things like anatomical terms and for them to realize that their connective tissue, their fascia, their muscles, their whole body is working in some way, it’s being moved in some way in this yoga practice, so that they are more in touch with themselves both on and off the mat.I think it’s hugely important to educate students. We live in this body for our entire life, but so many people don’t understand their anatomy.Click To Tweet You don’t need to know as much as Dr. Trish Murray. If you haven’t gone to medical school you won’t know every single thing about the body, but it’s important to know general terms about your body and about your system and how it works. I think that is so imperative.
Absolutely. I mean, there is no reason for anyone to have to get into an anatomy book and try and memorize things. That’s not the answer at all.
But the answer is that for people to understand a couple points to be made here. First of all, your nervous system, everybody out there knows, is a holistic three-dimensional system that has to touch every single part of your body or you’re not going to be able to sense things. Our nervous system is in our brain and then our peripheral nerves and our spine. It’s a holistic system. It touches every single aspect and every nook and cranny of your body.
But there’s another system that people don’t know enough about and that’s the fascial system. The fascial system is the major portion of your connective tissue system. It surrounds everything in your body – every muscle, every organ, every blood vessel, every nerve! It even surrounds all the aspect of the holistic systems of your body. Three-dimensional diverse full-body movements that you’re doing consciously are going to optimize your fascial system. It’s going to take the fabric of your fascial system, stretch it out and unwind any imbalances and untie any knots.Click To Tweet That’s why, in my mind, yoga has been around for thousands of years! Because, folks, it’s exactly what allows you to unwind the knots, untie the knots, and optimize the balance of your fascial system and then the balance between your fascial system and your nervous system and your vascular blood system, your circulatory system. So, if you want to optimize your health and want to balance your health, you’ve got to be doing yoga! It’s as simple as that!
Two other points to make, and Meghan, let’s ask you. Sympathetic nervous system versus parasympathetic nervous system. How does yoga, and what aspects of yoga, help us balance that? Because first of all, folks, your sympathetic nervous system is your fight or flight, your stress nervous system. Your parasympathetic nervous system is your rest and relax and sleep and even libido. You want to have a better libido, your sex drive, you better improve your parasympathetic nervous system – so listen up! Meghan, talk about sympathetic versus parasympathetic nervous system, and how does yoga affect the balance of that?
So, in our society now we live a good portion of our life in the sympathetic nervous system. Our stress levels are pretty high, and we have kind of changed our perspective. Instead of viewing stress as survival, we view stress in terms of things like traffic and things like deadlines at work. We’re constantly in this sympathetic, stressed out state whether we are aware of it or not.Yoga helps to bring us back into that parasympathetic nervous system. The deep breathing, the guided meditation, the really slow and mindful movement is going to help not only calm your physical body.Click To Tweet You’ll feel that at the end of the practice specifically when we are laying in savasana, in our corpse pose, it’s like a little nap essentially. You are unwinding completely all of those knots that you have created throughout the day. It helps us to tap into that parasympathetic nervous system and you’ll learn the tools through our yoga practice that you can take into your life off the mat. If you’re feeling that stressed out, maybe you’re suffering digestion problems because you’re constantly in that fight or flight and tense, you can come into some things like deep breathing. You could practice just a few really gentle stretches within your body to calm yourself down and get into a little bit more of that balance, that homeostasis, and balance out the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous system. It’s a great tool to help get into that rest and digest.
In our Discover Yoga class that Meghan teaches for our Discover Health Movement Membership, she emphasizes this throughout the class. Meghan, it’s why I picked you as our instructor. You are so good at this and focusing on the physical balance but also the balance between the nervous systems, the sympathetic nervous, this concept of challenging postures and then restorative postures. You get it! That’s why I want people to realize how powerful it can be. Many people out there have said, “Well, I’ve tried yoga and I didn’t like it.” Well, maybe you just weren’t taking the right class. Maybe you need to check us out. So, Meghan, in our program, Discover Health Movement Membership, the Discover Yoga class let’s talk about specifically how do you modify for participants that might really struggle with their physical balance?
That’s a great question. A lot of people when they think of yoga or they approach yoga they might rule it out if they know that they have problems with their balance and their stability. Keeping that in mind, when I’m teaching the Discover Yoga classes as part of our membership, I offer lots of modifications. Sometimes it seems almost a little overwhelming how many different modifications and variations you can take for different poses. When you sign up for the membership there’s a list of different props that you’ll want to have in your practice space. Things like a blanket, a strap, some yoga blocks, plenty of space (floor space), maybe being close to a wall and having that wall space or a sturdy piece of furniture to just rest your hand on or maybe lean a little bit more of your body weight if you need it. Especially when we’re in some standing challenging balance postures to just have that peace of mind and over time you rely on it just a little bit less. When it comes to some of those specifically balance postures, I will offer a range of variations. Kind of step-by-step, you know, today if you want to keep both feet grounded you can stay just like that and I’ll demonstrate each step in the way. You can try on what’s going to work for you, and that might differ from day to day, from practice to practice. Then I might offer maybe a little bit more of a challenging step. I do have some students in the class that have been practicing for a while and they might be searching for something to really take them out of their comfort zone. I might suggest, “Maybe try closing your eyes and see what that does to your balance.” There is a variety for all levels. If you are challenged by your balance, you will feel comfortable because there are so many modifications that you can incorporate. It’s really your practice so I make the suggestions as the instructor, but I want you to feel that balance, again, between comfort and challenge. You might for the first few times try it a certain way and then you get more comfortable with that and you start to incorporate some variations. There are lots of different options so you can make the practice your own.
Folks, people need to understand that we are all at different levels in balance, in physical strength, in ability of endurance, what illnesses you have – everyone is different. We are all on our own individual journey. That’s what’s also wonderful about Meghan and the other instructors of Discover Health Movement Membership. They, exactly as you said Meghan, give many ways to modify what you’re demonstrating as the posture of the moment. That doesn’t mean everyone’s going to do it like you who has been studying yoga for many years. You started somewhere too and have built to where you are today. I started where I was as I described, I was pretty much a mess. Now I’m no yogi, but I’m much better than I ever used to be, and it’s helped my balance and my strength and my endurance and my ability to move in the world the way I want. In my late fifties I still can go on week-long trips out in the wilderness and do fine. Basically, it’s because I do yoga every day as well as other movement modalities that are therapeutic to me and not always challenging to my system. Meghan, you teach our class, of course, but what are some of your tips for improving balance you’ve mentioned on the mat…you may have mentioned some others…but what about off the mat as well? On and the off the mat, what are some tips?
I have lots and lots of different tips. For one, where you are practicing is really important. If you’re watching the Discover Yoga classes, you’ll notice in my home studio space, my office, I have my mat laid out on this fuzzy shag-looking carpet. What I would recommend, especially if you’re just starting out, is to have your mat on a nice hard surface. A wood floor, a laminate floor, a tile floor so that you’re not losing your balance just because of the ground that you are setting up your mat. If you have a really thick mat, also, that’s going to be great for the postures where we’re down on the floor or we’re on our hands and our knees to help support those joints, but when it comes to balance, that can throw your balance a little bit off. You might feel like your feet are wobbling a little bit. In that case, you don’t have to go out and get a new mat, but you can just take a step off of the mat and make sure that your feet are on the floor. That’s really important whether you are in a yoga class or not, to feel grounded. That’s going to help kind of balance out your energy, so you don’t feel so untethered. In a class where we’re incorporating a lot of balance, I’ll make sure that we start out and maybe end the class too with some grounding postures and techniques. Making sure your feet are on the floor, you feel that surface with your feet and your toes so that you feel just a little bit more comfortable with that point of contact when you’re lifting your arms in the air or you’re balancing on one foot.It’s really important as you start to incorporate balance into your routine to make sure that you are strengthening your core.Click To Tweet You core muscles are doing a lot of work to help keep you steady and strong. Strengthening your core and your abdominals, your back muscles, as well as things like your pelvic floor and then the muscles down into your legs are going to help as well as you are working on some more challenging postures. Practice is really important. Come back to those poses that challenge you time and time again.Click To Tweet You might hate boat pose, but boat pose is a really good posture to help build that core strength and to improve your balance.
One tip that I like to include when I’m teaching a balance pose such as tree, for example, is to use a focal point or what we call in the yoga practice, a drishti. A focal point is some place that you’re going to rest your gaze, preferably something that’s not moving. Not looking outside and seeing the trees moving or cars driving by, but something at eye level maybe a spot on the wall or the floor that you can fix your gaze to and then come back into that focus and concentration, make sure that you’re still breathing so that you’re able to maintain balance. Know that if you’re coming in and out from the pose, you’re still building up strength and you’re challenging both your body and your brain to work through those postures. Have a little humility, a little optimism. Maybe smile or laugh if you’re practicing near someone too. It’s all fun! You don’t have to be so serious.
Coming back to that breath. Breathing is so important. You might be able to hold a pose and you’re thinking to yourself, Ah, I’ve got it! I’m not moving, I’m standing really strong, but you may be holding your breath. We want to keep that flow of breath coming in and out through the body. That prana, that energy is so important and really, it’s more detrimental if you are losing sight of your breath, if you’re not breathing at all. Keep your breath going. Use props if you need to. If you feel that you’re really struggling in a pose and that’s just giving you this kind of negative outlook, you don’t really feel like coming to yoga class because you do feel so challenged, bring in a really sturdy chair or practice in your kitchen so you have maybe a countertop or a table to rest your hand. Take breaks when you need to. There are just so many ways that you can modify, like I said, so that you’re able to practice and really have a good time doing it.
Meghan, those are all awesome tips. Folks, one of the top ones I think I heard her say…they were all great…but the one I would point out is that you need to practice.
You need to make it a practice. If I could say anything from what I recommend to people and what I’ve realized is really important in my own life is to have a practice every single day where I am practicing my breathing, my deep breathing, and my balancing of sympathetic and parasympathetic, where I am practicing my stretching and my yoga postures, where I am practicing my mind letting go of the insanity of the day. It takes practice to be able to do that. You want to practice every single day, but it doesn’t mean on day one you say, Okay, I’m here for my practice, and you don’t even know what you’re doing! Go to classes, take Discover Yoga through the Discover Health Movement Membership.
Then what I did when I started yoga years ago was, I said to myself, Wow, that posture we did today I really need. I made sure I made a note of it and then the next day on my own routine for the next week I did it every day with some other stretching I was familiar with. The next week maybe I’d pick up one more posture. Maybe two weeks or three weeks down the road…but the bottom line is I just slowly started to add to my own repertoire of what I remembered and made part of my own practice. Find that balance within your own practice and then you’ll already be on the journey. Weeks go by, months go by, and you’ll be so shocked at what you can do that you couldn’t do before. That’s why you want to step on the road to making your life better and your balance better.
The other thing, Meghan, that you and I talked about before coming on today is the concept of yeah, physical balance and we’ve talked about that. We’ve also talked about the nervous system, if you will, but that’s another physical system of the body but it does have to do with energy and electricity running through the body. Also, folks, I’ve mentioned today the fascial system, the connective tissue system, and the nervous system as two holistic systems, but folks, yes we all understand that the nervous system has energy and electricity that runs through it so we can feel things, see things, taste things, and so on, but your fascial system is made of collagen which is a tubular hydrated fluid-filled modality that actually transmits energy ten times faster than your nervous system does. Wow! If you want to balance out, let’s talk about balancing the physical system with your energy system. This is again, another balance between East and West. So, Meghan, how do you help people support their energetic balance through your yoga?
There are a few different tools that I’ll use to do that. One that I really love are called pranayama or breathing techniques. One is this alternate nostril breathing, what we call in Sanskrit Nadi shodhana. We are using our hand and closing one nostril at a time and we’re letting the breath come in and out different nostrils. That might kind of seem weird to you or might feel a little bit uncomfortable if you try it for the first time specially if you’re a little bit congested or you have some breathing problems. Breathing in and out from the left and right nostril and controlling that rhythm and that sequencing helps us to balance the left and the right side of our energetic body and our physical body. The left side of our body represents yin-like energy, lunar energy, a little bit more calming, cooling, soft, a little bit more static. In a yin practice those are the deep stretches where we’re really getting into the fascia. The right side of the body, the contrast, the yang energy is more warming, more dynamic, more masculine, more solar energy. A simple three to five minutes of this alternative nostril breathing technique can help you to balance out left to right, which is particularly helpful when you are working on balance. You’ll notice standing on one leg opposed to standing on the other is going to maybe have a little difference in experience. Breathing is one that helps to get you balanced.
My guided meditation in the beginning of the class and at the end of the class can help get you balanced in terms of just arriving and just being mindful. If you’ve had a really hectic day thus far and you come in to class and you just get to close your eyes and be still for a few moments while I’m guiding you through a body scan or a breathing technique that can help to balance you energy, bring it down a little bit, and again tap into that parasympathetic nervous system to balance and make you a little bit more calm.
I spend a lot of time and effort theming the classes. Each class is a little bit unique. We have kind of a theme that goes throughout the entire hour. That might include some breathing, some meditation, and the poses as well. I like to sometimes use my interpretation of energy. Say it’s a Friday morning (that’s when the live classes are, 9:00 – 10:00 AM on Friday morning), and it’s cold and it’s dreary and it’s rainy. I might balance out that energy with more of an uplifting, energetic, warm, dynamic practice. We play around with that too. I don’t know if students notice that or not, but I do take the time to try to incorporate that for people.
In terms of balance through the energetic system of the body, in yoga we pay attention to the chakras. These are not physical locations within the body, but we do use physical locations to help them become a little more relatable and tangible. We’ll use the chakra system to help activate and balance out different energy systems in the body. For example, because our topic tonight is balance. If we were in a class where we are maybe a little bit unsteady, we’re really challenging ourselves that way, we’re really incorporating kind of these air and space elements in the way that we are structuring our body, right? We’ll want to balance that energy out by having some really grounding poses close to the earth, feeling supported, taking a nice long savasana in that corpse pose at the end of the practice so that you really do feel connected to earth and connected to earth’s energy to counteract that energy of feeling maybe a little untethered or a little bit unbalanced if that’s your experience in class. Whether or not I necessarily say it in our class or you notice it,there is consideration into the energetic system within our body, within our universe so that again we are striving to get to that place of homeostasis, that place of balance within ourselves and within our surroundings. It’s all connected!Click To Tweet
Again, which is another reason why I chose you to be our instructor for Discover Health Movement Membership! I mean, folks, realize that the chakras…there’s the root chakra…take them through. What are the names of the chakras, Meghan?
Sure. I’ll give you the Sanskrit word, but you don’t have to memorize that of course. Then I’ll give you more or less the location within the body and what we relate it to. There are seven main chakras that we really focus on. I’ll start from the bottom up. We’ll start with muladhara chakra. Muladhara chakra is our root chakra. This is kind of located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and encompasses things like that safety, that security, that groundedness, your tribe, your relationships. Moving up through the chakra system, we come to what is called the svadisthana chakra. This is the sacral chakra. It is the location of the pelvic bowl and it includes all of our reproductive organs, and it really is that place of creativity, of our sensuality, and our sexuality. As we move up through the system, we come to what’s called the manipura chakra. Manipura chakra is located around the solar plexus, and it’s this place where we transform. It’s kind of in our belly region and it’s where we transform even quite literally things like food. We talk about digestive fire and that power of transformation in manipura. Moving on and up, we come to heart chakra. This is called anahata chakra, and it’s this place where our loving kindness originates and our connection and how we relate to others is sourced from. That’s at the heart, that also encompasses the location of the chest and our arms and hands as well. Then we’ll come to the throat chakra or what’s called vishuddha chakra. Throat chakra encompasses the throat, the neck, the larynx, as well as the mouth, the tongue, and really is our communication center. Our communication in terms of speaking, in terms singing, maybe poetry, as well as the way in which we listen to people. You’re throat chakra might be out of balance if you are the type of person who talks maybe too much or interrupts, but it also could be unbalanced if you are really shy and you have trouble expressing yourself. That’s throat chakra, vishuddha chakra. Then we come to anja chakra. Anja chakra is third eye chakra. The location of the third eye is really the place where we tap into our intuition. We talk a lot about actually the gut-brain connection. Your intuitive knowledge, your inner wisdom and really trusting that. Then the final chakra is sahasrara chakra or crown chakra. Really from the top of the head but moving onward and upward from the top of the head. This is the closest part within our physical body and our energetic body that is towards divinity, towards spirituality whatever it is that you believe in, it doesn’t have to be one thing or another. It’s really your closest connection to the divine and towards enlightenment.
Those chakras can become out of whack, out of balance. Even if just that scan through and you thought to yourself, well, I’ve had throat cancer. Or, I have pelvic floor dysfunction. Those are physical symptoms that can be related to our energetic system. It’s really fascinating how it’s all connected.
What’s even more fascinating, or just as fascinating Meghan, is to point out to people that anatomically, every single one of those chakras is where your thickest aspect of your fascial system is. If the fascial transmits energy faster than anything else in your body, you mentioned the pelvic floor. Your pelvic diaphragm is a very thick form of fascia for the root. If you go to the sacrum, the sacrum has an enormous amount of connective tissue fascia thick that wraps around it. Your tailbone and sacrum basically sit in a connective tissue sling that is very thick. If you go to your solar plexus, that’s your respiratory diaphragm, very thick fascial material. If you go to your heart, you heart is in the pericardium which is an enormously thick bag that supports and holds your heart. Your Sibson’s fascia, which is in your throat, is another diaphragm. Your Sella turcica in your brain is right where that third eye is, and if you’re going to talk about the dura that surrounds your cranium, that is probably some of the thickest fascia. If we want to be able to transmit energy, have energy flow through our bodies as optimally as possible, and connect with the universe as much as possible, you have got to move your body in a three-dimensional way in order to maintain it’s what? Balance! So that you can have balance in energy, balance in your physical movement, and balance in your overall life.
Wow, Meghan. This has been awesome! Meghan, just tell folks about Discover Health Movement Membership. What is it, and how would they find out more about it?
Our Discover Health Movement Membership is an online membership that offers three different modalities including Discover Yoga, Self-Myofascial Release, and Movement for Longevity. You have the option to join our membership where you can virtually attend these classes. One class of each modality per week, and you can join the instructor live. There is also the option to take the recorded classes. If our live classes don’t fit your schedule, we have created this really abundant library of recorded classes since we launched the membership back in March of this year.
Like I said, each class is really unique. The instructors are very skilled at modifying for your needs. Any level of physical activity that you do or maybe do not do at this present time, you’ll find classes that are going to work just for you. It’s a great complement, too, for your activities that you might be doing. I find that as a hiker and as a runner, the self-myofascial release is really nice to work out some kinks that are present in my fascia. Of course, yoga is something that I incorporate in my day-to-day. The Movement for Longevity classes, kind of challenging my brain to body connection, have been beneficial as well. It’s a great membership. To learn more, you’ll visit www.discoverhealthfmc.com/#Movement.
The whole clinic is called Discover Health Functional Medicine Center and so this Discover Health Movement Membership, folks, is a new concept for Discover Health Functional Medicine Center. That’s why we’re going to drive you to our website which is www.discoverhealthfmc.com/#Movement. That’ll take you right to the area of the website that will tell you all about Discover Health Movement Membership. Also, folks, this has been Discover Health Podcast, which I do on a regular basis. I believe we put up a show once every two weeks, right Meghan? Meghan is also the producer of the show for us at Discover Health Functional Medicine Center. Folks, check us out. Check out the podcast, but absolutely check out Discover Health Movement Membership, because if you want to find balance in your life you need to start moving in three-dimensional ways of consciously moving. Discover Health Movement Membership has three different modalities that are going to help you do that. Meghan is our Discover Yoga instructor.
Take care everyone! Thank you, Meghan!
Thanks so much, Dr. Trish.
Take care everyone and we’ll see you on the next show!
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