Researchers Are Catching On to Yoga’s Benefits

As it happens, Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay.

Like yoga, the osteopathic approach to wellness focuses on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.

“The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified

Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California.

Physical Benefits


“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Perfects posture
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Increased flexibility
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Protects your spine
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Betters bone health
  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  • Increases blood flow

  • Drains lymphs and boosts immunity
  • Regulates your adrenal glands
  • Makes you happier
  • Helps you focus
  • Relaxes your system
  • Improves balance
  • Releases tension in your limbs
  • Increases your self esteem
  • Gives you inner strength
  • Connects you with guidance
  • Builds awareness for transformation
  • Encourages self care
  • Supports your connective tissue

yoga-classesCheshire Fitness offers a variety of yoga classes during the week. Click here for the schedule.

Our Yoga teachers are the best.

Cyndy Kirkland

Cyndy’s love for movement began with childhood dance classes, which continued into adulthood and eventually expanded to include yoga in 1991.  In 2010, she earned her yoga teacher certification.

Since that time, she has received additional training from Duke Integrative Medicine, “Teaching Therapeutic Yoga to Seniors”; and has received training in teaching trauma-sensitive yoga from the Exalted Warrior Foundation, Warriors at Ease, Connected Warriors and the Prison Yoga Project.

Besides her yoga and fitness classes at Cheshire, she has taught in a variety of settings, including retirement communities and nursing homes, and started the first yoga class at the Charles George VA Hospital in Asheville for veterans in the substance abuse recovery program.

She absolutely loves working with older adults and helping them to stay vibrant and active! Her students continue to inspire her every day.  When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her at the Lakeview Center for Active Aging, helping put together their programs and activities.

A native Texan, she moved to Black Mountain in 2012, and feels blessed to call these mountains her home.  A lover of all kinds of animals, she currently shares her home with Fred Mulder, a handsome 18 year old  (tabby cat).

Kelly Postle McLellan


Kelly attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Health Science Education specializing in holistic health.

She has trained and received certifications from AFAA, NETA, PIYO and YogaFaith. Kelly has been teaching health and wellness for over 20 years, including prenatal, baby and me, Pilates, step, dance, spin and toning classes.  Her true love is the practice of yoga, which she firmly believes is a tool for integrating and addressing the health of a person as a whole: body, mind and spirit.

Allison McLeod


Allison teaches Back Care Yoga, which focuses on developing strength and flexibility in the low back, core, hips, and upper legs. After doing massage and bodywork for 7 years, she realized how invaluable it could be to help people counter daily stressors to the body, such as sitting, standing on hard surfaces, and moving in repetitive ways.

Simple breath and mindfulness techniques are employed to deepen circulation in the body, calm the mind, and manage mental stress. Her Slow Flow Yoga classes incorporate these same principles in more fluid movement sequences based around variations of sun salutations.

She co-founded a non-profit organization in 2015 called The Yoga Service Movement to make the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation more accessible. Find out more about this, or follow her blog

Heather Wallace

Heather has been teaching yoga since 2013, after receiving her certification in Davidson, NC. She believes that through yoga we can find authentic and deep healing–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The primary focus in her classes is to help people feel good in their bodies and to convey the message that yoga is accessible to all body types and abilities. Heather puts a strong focus on breath awareness, linking movements with breath in order to stimulate deeper release and healing.

When she’s not teaching, Heather loves to travel, read, hike, ski and hang out with her cat, Rosie.




Credits: American Osteopathic Association

Yoga Journal

Photos and blog by: Gina Palermo MacFarland

2016-11-12T10:52:39+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: Exercise, Group Fitness, Yoga|