The Power of Healing: Yoga Provides Natural Health Benefits | Features

For Kay Corpus, MD, yoga instructor and owner of The Loft, understanding your body and learning how to move and breathe effectively is the biggest key to staying healthy.

Corpus has been a yoga instructor for about 15 years and has been practicing for 26 years.

She started practicing yoga while in medical school and found peace and solace in her hectic and hectic lifestyle.

“The last part of it is where you stand still, and that pose is called the corpse pose, so that’s the part of the class that I appreciate the most, not just walking around,” she says. “That’s the part where we have to stay still.”

As a medical student, Corpus says her world is stressful and chaotic, reflecting many people’s daily lives. For her, it was touching to enjoy a moment of peace and tranquility, which inspired her to immerse herself more in the practice of yoga and functional medicine.

According to the Corpus’ website, functional medicine views a person’s health as a combination of genetics and all the inputs the body goes through — from food to medicine to a person’s natural living environment.

Functional medicine considers alternative treatments before drugs or invasive procedures. By understanding the root cause of your disease, functional medicine practitioners can address the root cause of the problem, rather than mask symptoms with prescriptions, and provide a foundation for preventive care, she said.

Corpus said that stress, exhaustion and certain lifestyles can often lead to physical ailments, and functional medicine combined with yoga can help her treat patients to find the root cause of the disease and relieve it naturally.

“Our society is moving so fast, wanting to do everything in five seconds, and know nothing about themselves, that one day, they’re exhausted, chronically ill, hormonally out of balance…they have no idea why know,” she said. “Yoga heals. My diagnostic tool for people is a yoga mat, not a CAT scan, because the way people move on the mat is how they live.

“The way they enter and exit poses tells me a lot about how they deal with problems and challenges. To me…medicine is about deeper healing, fundamentally.”

Not only does yoga help her identify certain imbalances in her patients and clients, Corpus says, it also provides other health benefits, including helping to lower blood pressure, stress, pain levels and inflammation.

That is, she says, it makes people move and breathe, pay more attention to their bodies, and become more in tune with themselves.

“It gets you moving, out of your brain, into your body,” she said. “Breathing is also critical because it is the body’s cleanser; the lungs are the largest detoxifying organ.”

Corpus said she chose to go into medicine because her family was inspired by the lineage of doctors. She has always felt her path is to help heal others.

However, entering the field of holistic medicine was new to her, but it allowed her to take a more natural approach to helping others improve themselves and take control of her body and health.

“There’s a connection there,” she said. “There’s nothing mysterious about yoga to me…it’s basically physiology.”

She started practicing and teaching yoga in Pennsylvania. She never considered opening her own studio until she moved back to Kentucky.

Even so, she said she wasn’t sure there was local interest in yoga, so she decided to test the market to see if there was interest in studios.

“I actually teach yoga in other people’s living rooms,” she said. “Then I started doing yoga at Riverfront on Saturdays, and those classes had up to 90 people.”

That was about five years ago, and now not only has she opened her own studio, formerly The Yoga Loft, but it has grown from teaching yoga to teaching more functional movement styles, offering classes for all levels and modification.

The studio was closed for a while during the COID-19 pandemic, but reopened earlier this year under the name The Loft to better reflect more inclusive and immersive class options.

While classes are not yet in full swing, Corpus said she hopes to start offering entry-level classes and outdoor yoga classes soon.

For those interested in yoga, the most important thing is not to be intimidated by it before trying it, she said.

Fundamentally, the Corpus says yoga is simply moving your body to make your body fitter. This has nothing to do with the “fancy” movements and poses that many people may encounter on social media.

“Yoga is personal; yoga is breathing; yoga is even light movement — not necessarily those fancy poses,” she said. “I’m more interested in people who have a long life in their practice, so you have to walk slowly, you have to act smart.”

Anyone interested in learning more about The Loft or functional medicine can contact her through the studio’s Facebook page, The Loft, or by visiting its website, YogaLoftKY.com, Corpus said.

Christie Netherton, cnetherton@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7360

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