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Live A Happier Life With Ethos Yoga

By Elisha Neubauer

Kathryn Nicolai, owner of the Ethos Center for Yoga and Therapeutic Arts in Holly, Michigan, wasn't always in her prime physical condition. In fact, as a youth, she grew up as an obese child. While she hated her body, she hated exercising more, leading her to develop a rather serious eating disorder. As the disorder ravaged her body, Nicolai searched for a healthier alternative.

It was this search that led her to the practice of yoga.

Eighteen years have passed since Nicolai found yoga, and she believes the change in herself to be remarkable.

"It gave me a completely new set of tools to manage stress, develop some balance for the first time in my life and encouraged me to be kind to myself," Nicolai said. "I feel in control of my life now and want to share the tools that helped get there."

Realizing she wanted to pass this super-power on to others of similar struggles, Nicolai sought out a path that would allow her to learn yoga instruction. During the period of her education, her mother was also in school for a different, albeit similar career path: counseling.

"As she was going through school to become a counselor and I was going through yoga teacher training we realized we were reading the same books," Nicolai said. "That's what gave us the idea for Ethos."

Ethos is, as Nicolai refers to it, one place which provides all the tools a person might need. The facility provides counseling, life coaching, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, meditation training, and a really kind, caring community of students. Essentially, everything one would need to treat the entire person.

"If you need a friend, come to Ethos and you'll meet one," Nicolai said.

For those in need of something a little extra, whether in their physical aspect or their mental wellbeing, Ethos stresses the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Just the physical benefits are overwhelming. Yoga can help reduce stress, increase strength and mobility, create better balance, mood improvement, and so much more. Yoga also helps to prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, increases bone density and blood flow, boosts immunity and drops blood pressure, fights depression, and improves digestions and supports the body's connective tissue.

While the physical aspects of yoga's benefits are impressive, there is so much more. Yoga can help to feel less stress and enjoy your life more. In addition to lowering blood pressure, yoga can promote a healthier, happier personal life.

"We want to help our students live happy, healthy, successful lives every day," Nicolai said.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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