We are honored to offer you the quarterly discussion Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher John Schumacher holds in his Unity Woods Yoga Center. John offers a forum every session which is free and open to the public. This discussion held last Fall 2008 and is on the topic of Yoga and Health.
John shares some of his personal experience and how yoga has had an impact on his health. Some time ago, he realized that health is ephemeral and that our best position is to be proactive now while we are in good health. Those with dis-ease will often speak of how you never appreciate your health until you are sick.
At the same time, we all have different capabilities and needs so each person's health requirements are unique. Our daily yoga practice begins to present to us our own strengths AND weaknesses.
John's Bethesda, Maryland studio is at the center of a mecca for research on yoga and its impact on health with his proximity to the formidable Research Institution, the National Institutes of Health," is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research". They currently have 32 studies focusing on yoga as a form of treatment.
John also mentions beloved Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Mary Dunn. Mary was a longtime practitioner of Yoga who recently passed away after struggling with peritoneal cancer. And we would like to recognize the life and contributions of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga. They remind us that even those who take care and passionately practice yoga their entire lives will inevitably pass from this physical realm. They will be missed.