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MENTAL HEALTH IS AN ASPECT OF LIFE THAT GOES BEYOND ONES MIND. BRANCHES OF GROWTH IS A BRAND NEW PRACTICE FOR THERAPY, COUNSELING, AND YOGA. AFTER OPENING ITS DOORS, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THE HOPE WAS TO CHANGE LIVES.

“I started a private practice and then it continued to grow. I experienced a suicide of a significant other and continued to grow that need for prevention and help in our community.”

WORKING WITH PATIENTS ON MENTAL HEALTH, KATHERINE HYATT, FINDS THAT TAKING AN HOUR OUT OF YOUR DAY FOR SELF CARE IS NECESSASRY FOR ALL AGES. BUT FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOME MILES UNDER THEIR BELT, ALL IT TAKES IS DEEP BREATHES AND A CHAIR.

I also teach gentle chair senior yoga over at the library. Often libraries like to have gentle senior chair yoga. And so we get to go in there and I teach them parniamo, which is our breathe, and the ossino which is our movements.

CENTERING IN WITH YOUR BODY IS A KEY ASPECT IN THESE CLASSES. BUT FOR THESE LADIES, IT’S ABOUT IMPROVING SIMPLE DAILY MOTIONS.

I have trouble with balance and this is important to me to try and deal with it. And its been very hard for me sometimes but very worthwhile.

THESE EXERCISES FOCUS ON MOBILITY FROM HEAD TO TOE. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT PROVIDES A TIME IN THE DAY WHERE YOU CAN FOCUS SOELY ON YOURSELF. BAILEY ARREDONDO… N-C-C NEWS

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) Counseling and therapy are aids for mental health.  Depending on the community, this is seen  in individuals who believe in that peace begins with themselves.

Katherine Hyatt, Branches of Growth founder, was working with members of the community who struggled with mental health for her to dig deeper into ways to help.  Involved in a suicide-related incident with a significant other, Hyatt says “that was a moment where I continued to grow that need for suicide prevention and help in our community.”

Hyatt discovered yoga many years ago and says she utilizes the practice of yoga as an integral piece of  personal growth and development.

With these components in mind Hyatt branched out and opened her own practice in North Syracuse, Branches of Growth. ​This practice is for mental health and yoga practices created to assist the community in finding peace whether that be in their home, community, career or relationship. Their mission is to encourage growth, healing and inner peace.

Hyatt teaches various yoga classes and says she enjoys tackling all age students.

“I also teach gentle chair senior yoga over at the library,” said Hyatt. ” Often libraries like to have gentle senior chair yoga and so we get to go in there and I teach them breathe control and movements.”

Gentle chair yoga runs for four Fridays and these ladies focus on improving simple daily motions.

“I have trouble with balance and this is important to me to try and deal with it,” said yoga participate Jean Kent. “Its been very hard for me sometimes, but very worthwhile.”

Branches of Growth offers a time in the day where you can focus solely on yourself. Balance, breathing, and meditation are all aspects that are focused on aiding mental health.

Reported by
Bailey Arredondo

Bailey Arredondo

Bailey Arredondo is a graduate student at Newhouse who is pursuing his masters degree in broadcast & digital journalism with an emphasis in sports. Before heading to upstate New York, Bailey received his bachelors degree in journalism from Texas Christian University where he worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram & Dallas Morning News. California born and raised, Bailey is awaiting his return to the beach.

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