Yoga: Avoid Beginner’s Mistakes

Here at Vu Family Chiropractic, we highly recommend incorporating yoga practice to everyday life.  Research has shown that yoga can significantly reduce mental and physical stress, improve mood, and slow the aging process.  But some yogis believe many of the estimated 20 million U.S. students are missing the best part of the discipline – the inner happiness attainable through a healthy mind-body connection.  The most important step is getting started.  Here are some tips to maximize your yoga practice:

1. Cardiovascular training: Focused breathing should be the cornerstone of this mind-body training.  Aerobic means “with oxygen” and aerobic movement increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, including the brain.  This training helps maintain the heart(a muscle.)

2. Core Strengthening: This includes the student’s abdomen and buttocks, and the lower-back region, which extends to the base of the skull.

3. Flexibility Training: Stretching simply feels good, and it reminds students to not only be more flexible in one’s body, but also one’s mind

4. Adequate Rest: Sleep is a necessary part of life, and sufficient rest is needed for energy equilibrium.

5. Proper Nutrition: Making the right choices in food allows yoga students to achieve an optimal, balanced state. This includes: organic, fresh nutritional foods consumed in moderation.

6. Interaction With Others: Study and observation show that we find greater happiness with access to friends and family.  Be friendly to other yogis and smile.

7. Goals: Yoga should be FUN and therapeutic.

Yoga is all about mind-body connection which helps with memory loss, back pain, neck pain, ADD, ADHD, anger management.  According to Mary Jo Ricketson of,  “we all have within us a potential to experience optimal well-being in mind and body,” she says. “This potential, the good within, can be realized through the work of mind-body training. Our training is a moving meditation — a daily practice of exercises that awaken all that is good within.”

Remember to breathe, have fun, and practice often.

Yours in health,

Dr. Vu

Resident returns to his roots to open chiropractic clinic

Please check out this article about Vu Family Chiropractic in the Advance Newspapers.


At The Vu family chiropractic clinic, they believe that chiropractic principle emphasizes that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism and that body function is controlled and coordinated by the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves that branch throughout the body. Located on Byron Center Avenue in Wyoming, Dr. Nam Vu of Vu Family Chiropractic is ready to show the local community what chiropractic care can do for a person’s well-being.

“I believe in the healing power of the body and the importance of being in alignment,” Vu said. Vu said he has a “toolbox of different treatments, including X-ray analysis, posture examination, nutritional supplements, wellness coaching, in-office exercise and stretch training, and incorporating massage therapy in the plan of care.

“There is a science in what we do, a philosophy and an art,” he said. Vu is a firm believer in treating the cause of disease instead of simply treating the symptoms.

Vu is a graduate of Grandville High School and Grand Valley State University. He is looking to the community to give him and his work the opportunity to set his patients on the path to better health.

He has been practicing chiropractic treatment for two years in Battle Creek and now has his own clinic, located at 5102 Byron Center Ave.

Since moving to the area from Vietnam in 1990, Vu has loved living in Grandville/Wyoming area, saying “It’s a very open-minded and hard-working community” and now that he has his own clinic in the area, his wish is to grow and prosper here.

He said he hopes to bring influences from his Vietnamese culture and Eastern medicine into his treatments, and he believes that being able to speak English and Vietnamese will allow him to provide equal care.

“Language can be a barrier, but also a tool that I want to use to provide great care for everyone,” he said.