What is Yoga for Therapeutic Benefit

Yoga for Therapeutic Benefits is the application of  the ancient science of Yoga to enhance health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological and spirituality. It is available to groups or individuals with specific health challenges, or as an overall process of achieving optimal health during or after times of health challenges, life changes and transitions. The techniques and methods of Yoga for Therapeutic benefits come principally from Yoga traditions, and may be supported by other healing approaches within the Yoga teachers knowledge and interests. I currently interweave the teachings of Yoga with the interests and training I have within Positional Therapy, Somatics and the use of rolling on balls (yes balls, smile) to bring us back into a more centered and aligned place to blossom wherever we are in life. It is never too late to embrace this moment and time in your life, why wait any longer to Bloom right where you are.

Yoga can have a therapeutic focus, with a Specific focus which is student centered and will meet you exactly as you are today.

The use of Somatics explained: a method to treat SMA – “Sensory Motor Amnesia” which is a habituated state of forgetfulness of how certain muscle groups feel and how to control them. This may allow a condition to develop of chronically tight muscles that have learned to stay contracted due to repeated and reflexive response to stress such as accidents, injuries, surgeries, repetitive tasks, and on-going emotional stress. The resulting patterns of muscular contraction that develop may result in common conditions such as chronic back pain, neck, shoulder and hip pain, limited mobility, joint pain, poor posture, shallow breathing, poor circulation, weak immune system and may also leave one with a pervasive feeling of tiredness during the day.

Our bodies and the sensory-motor systems within continually respond to daily stress and traumas with specific muscular reflexes, which when repeatedly triggered create habitual muscular contractions which we cannot voluntarily relax. These contractions become so ingrained that we are no longer aware of them, which allows them to deeply root within our involuntary movements and unconsciousness. The result is stiffness, soreness and a restricted range of movement. A holistic self bodywork practice based upon myofasial release using specific movements and props to “unlearn” and re educate how we move within specific muscle groups to aid in reducing pain and disability. The goal is to empower practitioners thru the use of easy to use props and techniques that can be used at home to release body stress, enabling practitioners to be an active participant in maintaining health and vitality. Join us for a class or private session  ….. move, breathe deep and smile!!!

The field of Yoga for therapeutic purposes is rapidly growing and expanding new definitions and guidelines. We encourage you to visit the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IYAT) and/or Integrative Yoga Therapy’s website to find the latest news. As a Yoga teacher I do not diagnose medical conditions.