Dr. Nanette Mitchell, who works in internal medicine at Memorial Prompt Care in Huntington Beach, has recently been urging her patients to go to another care center down the block.
One for spiritual healing.
Mitchell has taken classes at Seventh Chakra Yoga, a new studio in a crowded strip mall at 19171 Magnolia St., since it opened in May.
She's encouraged her patients to do the same to alleviate anxiety and stress, and at least one, she said, has taken her advice.
"We're seeing a lot of stress and anxiety with the economy," said Mitchell, a Huntington Beach resident. "So I encourage a lot of people to do yoga. It's more effective than drugs."
Seventh Chakra Yoga, which will have its grand opening Saturday, teaches the art of Kundalini yoga. The technique, known as "the yoga of awareness," involves a complex series of movements and breath exercises intended to center the mind and body.