Mind & Body connection is so important for health and well-being. Being connected to your body, your surroundings, the people in your life, your pets and your life overall creates a sense of well-being and health.

You can create connection in your life in many ways. Pick up the phone and call someone you care about. Take a walk and greet people you see along the way. Visit an animal shelter or a state park. Enjoy a meal with friends.

How connected are you to yourself and all that is around you? You can start building this critical aspect of Whole Health with very simple, yet powerful breathing practices. This 7-minute video, Connecting Mind & Body Session 1, featuring Yoga Teacher Matthew Sanford and Greater Los Angeles VA Physician Indira Subramanian, MD, offers a simple, yet profound practice of connecting body and breath.


Stay connected here for more sessions posted on the second week of each month through the rest of the year.

How do your relationships affect your health and well-being? Healthy relationships can lower rates of anxiety and depression while bringing up our self-esteem. People connected to others are also less likely to get as many colds, have fewer heart attacks and live longer. Research also suggests that if you feel closer to your family and friends, you find deeper meaning and purpose in your life. These connections also help us trust others more and work better with them. Learn more about connection here.

By Andrea Young is a field implementation team consultant and communications specialist with VA's Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

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Published on Apr. 11, 2022

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