Dr. Taylor discusses the benefits of yoga

The RCJ was pleased to welcome Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Taylor.


Former President Tom Johnson, called the meeting to order. Brad Hall of Lincoln Financials gave the opening prayer.  Johnny Donaldson of BankPlus led the pledge of allegiance and Tom led the 4-way test.  Richard Wilbourn of Wilbourn and Associates greeted and acknowledged the visiting Rotarians and guests.


Seated at the Head table included Erica Reed, Chief of Staff, Jackson Medical Mall, McKamy Smith, retired, Sandra Shelson, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and President-Elect, Janet Scott, Director of Greater Jackson Arts Council, who introduced our speaker.


Major Robert Lyles of the Salvation Army was introduced as our newest RCJ member by Amanda Fontaine.  Major Lyles then gave an update on the Bell Ringing campaign of the Salvation Army. 


Amanda Fontaine, gave a brief update of the Rotary Raffle.  Tickets will be available next week and the monies earned from the raffle are due by December 3, 2018.  The drawing will be held on January 12, 2019 at the Rotary Foundation Gala.


Hal Holbrook solicited feedback from members about ideas for improvement for the AG auditorium.  In partnership with Aaron Rodgers, the RCJ will be exploring what improvements we can make.


Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mississippi College and her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Upon completion of her residency in family medicine, she became an instructor and assistant professor of family medicine at UMMC before practicing at Care Plus Reservoir Family Medicine in Brandon. Dr. Taylor is an active member of the community, including work the Jackson Free Clinic and the McClean Fletcher Center. She is a member of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Mississippi Public Health Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Dr. Taylor focused her discussion on the health benefits of yoga and how it can be beneficial to practical medical practices.  Traditional medicine typical focuses on “fixes” (what is broken), while yoga focuses on relief from symptoms.  The modern practice of yoga focuses on functional movement, with philosophy of “move better, feel better”.


Dr. Taylor focuses on what you can do in the workplace to make yourself feel better.  Little changes can make a big difference.  In terms of functional movement, the movement we do daily, we should think outside the box and think in context of what we can do to improve movement and feel better. 


Dr. Taylor took the club through a series of brief stretches and movements that can significantly improve the overall flexibility of certain body parts, all while sitting at our desks or lunch tables.

Dr. Taylor fielded a number of questions and then the meeting was adjourned.