Mind Body Exercise Classes

Do something positive for your mind and body- learn what the phrase " Mind / Body" means and how you can tap into that with simple exercises shared by local Havasu teachers.   Hypnotherapy, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga and more...


Here is something you can do anytime, anywhere -Deep Breathing
What do most mind-body practices in common?  "  Deep Breathing"   That's right: deep, slow and controlled breathing! While not really an "exercise," the simple act of sitting and focusing on your breathing can do wonders for your heart. While there isn't much research on how deep breathing affects the heart, you can feel the results for yourself when you simply sit and take five big deep breaths, focusing on a deep inhale and exhale. You can almost instantaneously feel your body release stress and your mind calm down.

Because it helps fuel your body and its cells with nutrient-rich oxygen, deep breathing has been shown to slow down the heart rate and lower blood pressure, making it the perfect heart-healthy activity when you're short on time and need a quick way to relieve some stress.


How to incorporate deep breathing in your life: Try to take a few deep breaths at multiple times throughout the day. Making a habit to take three deep breaths upon waking, at lunch and when sitting in traffic can greatly benefit your heart health without disrupting your busy schedule. And, of course, when you're really feeling stressed, excuse yourself to the restroom for some deep breathing. They don't call it a "restroom" for nothing!

Mind-body exercises are a powerful way to boost your heart health and keep your ticker ticking stronger and longer, so be sure to incorporate one or more of these mind-body exercises in your heart-healthy lifestyle.        

Here are  a few mind-body activities you can incorporate into your healthy lifestyle to help your mind, body—and heart!



Brain Health:

Super Noggin classes by Holly Dove   11  brain exercises including; meditation, laughter yoga, stress reduction and better sleep.  Free at the Lake Havasu Senior Center , 450 S Acoma Bl,  Sept-Nov 2016  and again in Feb 2017  call Holly 928-3021405



Hypnotherapy with Maxine Harvey- 928-680-7122   and Stephen Van Coops PhD,DCH(IM) 928-453-7974

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy utilized to create sub-conscious change in the patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors and/or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.


Qi Gong-

Pronounced ‘Chee’, Qi is invisible. You cannot see it, but you feel its existence. As It travels through your meridians – energy highways within your body – It beats your heart, nourishes your muscles, and even give rise to your conscious activities. This is Qi Gong – “Qi” meaning energy and “Gong” meaning cultivation. It’s easily the most cost effective and simplest yet potent self-healing practice that exists today. Yet, so little is known about this breakthrough practice in the West.


Tai Chi- 

Tai Chi- Also known as moving meditation, Tai Chi combines mental concentration with slow, controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and improve the flow of what the Chinese call "chi," or life energy. If you've ever seen someone doing Tai Chi, it looks like a slow and graceful low-impact dance.  But Tai Chi isn't just slow dancing; it has serious health benefits, including improving heart function and decreasing blood pressure and stress reduction. In fact, a May 2010 systematic review in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that Tai Chi was effective in reducing stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, and increasing self-esteem.



Yoga- Eileen Hein  928-453-3844    and Liezl Landicho LMT-  Liezl's studio & Spa  928-680-7353

Yoga is probably best known for its flexibility benefits, along with its ability to help you sleep better, feel better about yourself and promote mindfulness. But, yoga has also been shown to be a powerful contributor of heart health. In fact, according to November 2009 research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, those who practice yoga have higher heart rate variability (a sign of a healthy heart) than those who do not regularly practice yoga. In addition, the study found that regular yogis had stronger parasympathetic control, which indicates better autonomic control over heart rate—a sign of a healthier heart.  Another recent study by Ohio State University researchers, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, found that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower levels of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. IL-6 is part of the body's inflammatory response and has been correlated with heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and a host of other age-related chronic diseases, making it a key marker in heart-health research. The women doing yoga also showed smaller increases in IL-6 in their blood after stressful experiences than women who were the same age and weight but who were not practicing yoga. Scientists believe that this indicates that yoga may also help people respond more calmly to stress in their everyday lives, which is a boon to heart health.  Although researchers can't exactly pinpoint which part of yoga—the breathing, stretching, relaxation or meditation—is responsible for the positive results, it's encouraging to say the least!



Guided Meditation and Private Prayer Treatment   Holly Dove  928-302-1405

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Meditation-
There is ample research on how meditation can help reduce stress, which helps the heart stay healthy. But the most impressive study came from researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in collaboration with the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. After following about 200 patients for an average of five years, researchers found that high-risk patients who practiced Transcendental Meditation (where you sit quietly and silently repeat a mantra) cut their risk of heart attack, stroke and death from all causes almost in half compared to a group of similar patients who did not meditate. In addition, the group that meditated tended to remain disease-free longer,
 reduced their blood pressure and had lower stress levels. Researchers hypothesize that some of the benefits of meditation come from stress reduction, which causes a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol and dampens the inflammatory processes associated with atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries.



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