By Mia Hariz
Though the palm trees and sandy beaches might imply otherwise, living in the bustling metropolis that is Los Angeles is no easy task. The pressures of entrepreneurship and the entertainment industry thrust countless stressors upon members of the community, leaving many of us tangled in the frivolous and negligent of the essential. Angelinos turn to many mediums in seeking relief. Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD, Head Master of Body & Brain in Burbank, teaches Holistic DahnYoga: an integrated system that aligns mind and body and balances energy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Holistic DahnYoga originates from 10,000-year-old Korean teachings and is integrated with modern brain-based research. The practice was brought to the United States by Ilchi Lee, a South Korean author and spiritual motivator. Lee began teaching his methods in 1980, and has since evolved into a renowned international practice. Body & Brain is a center that endeavors to bring “health, happiness, and peace to individuals and to humanity” by helping its members connect mind and body through Dahn energy, the highest and purest form of energy. The practice entails specific mind-body exercises (deep stretching, tapping, breathing, vibrations) that are designed to open the body’s optimal energy points and allow energy to flow more freely throughout.
“I’ve seen my members’ lives change, their relationships change,” Bustos-Choy says. “They receive so much more from this center than the physical aspect of yoga. We help members way beyond what they came for. It’s a labor of love and devotion. It’s more than a passion; it’s my mission to help humanity. I think that’s why our members feel so different.”
Bustos-Choy and the Burbank Body & Brain Center offer a variety of programs and services for a variety of people. They range from standard group classes, to customized one-on-one private sessions, to workshops and retreats, to children’s training — all designed for self-empowerment, healing, and changing energy.
“Industries like entertainment are highly competitive, demanding, and every-changing, which creates a lot of stress,” Bustos-Choy says. “If you feel like you know there is more to life, like something is missing, then I encourage you to pay us a visit. This is the missing link, the last stop of the personal journey for people who have done so many things, but are still searching for something. If you want to experience what true health and self-fulfillment feels like, you can achieve it through connecting the mind and body.”
The Body & Brain Holistic Wellness & Yoga Center is located at 1054 W. Alameda Ave. For more information on classes, call (818) 846-8888.