At The Mind-Body Connection, we strive to make sure yoga is accessible to EVERYONE and to ensure that everyone feels comfortable integrating their yoga practice into their lives.
YOGA IS NOT RELIGION
What Is Yoga and Spirituality?
Yoga is NOT religious. The Mind-Body Connection is a spiritual center that welcomes people of ALL nationalities and religions. True yoga encourages the belief in a higher power of your own choosing, and we want to help each member of our community to embrace that and to help you integrate your yoga practice into your existing beliefs.
Spirituality is the process of answering the question, "Who am I?" Starting in childhood, we, as a society, are taught to identify with the things in our life. Our family, education, job, relationship, activities, religious and political affiliations, likes, dislikes, etc. become our identity. If you take away all those things, can you answer the question, "Who am I?" The problem is in life, none of these exterior things are permanent. Eventually, we may lose the job or the relationship, likes and dislikes change, and our whole identity becomes unstable. We become "traumatized," and then what often happens is the trauma may become our new identity. This is what leads to stress, depression, anxiety, co-dependency, addiction, health problems, etc. By practicing yoga, we can move beyond identification with these things. This does not mean that we have to give any of them up. It simply means that our identity within ourselves has become stable, and all the comings and goings of life no longer have control over us. This is what it means to be in a state of yoga.
Yoga Means "Union"
The literal translation of the word "yoga" is union. Unfortunately, these days, this translation is greatly misunderstood. At the Mind-Body Connection, the "union" we are talking about is the union of who you think you are and the part of you that has been long buried deep down inside. There is a part of you that is okay even when things in your life aren't okay. We refer to this as the Self. We want to unify you with who you really are and to connect you with the part of yourself that has been unscathed by comings and goings of daily life, the part of you that can handle all the challenges of modern life, and not be controlled by them, the part of you that is always at peace and is peaceful. This is Yoga.
What We Offer
We offer a variety of classes, private instruction, and workshops tailored to help you find balance and stability in your life. Whether you are a long-time practitioner or brand new to yoga, The Mind-Body Connection has a class offering for you. Our teachers are the most qualified and highest trained yogis and yoginis in the area, and we hold them to the highest standards. They don't just practice yoga; they are a living embodiment of it, and they are dedicated to pass down the traditions of this holistic practice to you.
Healing, health, and happiness don't happen instantly. Life and Yoga are a journey, and we will guide you step-by-step along the way to help you connect with the truest part of yourself.