yoga-therapy

This Precious Body … A Reservoir of Hope

Katherine Robertson-Pilling by Katherine Robertson-Pilling | May 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, broken leg, femur, healing, health, HOPE, inspiration, motivation, Spring, springtime, Yoga, yoga-therapy

Hope and the BodyIf hope were a season, it would be Spring. Flowers are budding, bees are buzzing, trees are leafing and birds are building nests. Life picks up its paintbrush and makes a splash across Nature’s canvas. Its message:

“No matter where you are today,

Something new is on its way.”

While Spring gives evidence in the world around us, life flows just as hopefully within us. We usually relate to our physical world as solid and fixed. But it is not — it is alive, active and changing at every level, seen and unseen. Science now demonstrates that everything is energy, particles dancing with each other all the time. And I have learned this lesson in my bones.

One afternoon three years ago, in the fullness of Spring, I went out to buy groceries, stepped up onto a sidewalk and fell. I did not take another step for four months. Unable to stand, as I waited on the curb for the ambulance, I kept my mind focused on the desirable outcome. But I knew the truth. Even in those first five minutes, something in me responded, “Okay. If this is what’s next, let’s go.”

UZIT and Gaiam: Adding “Urban Zen” to Patient Care

by guest | April 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: alternative therapies, cancer, clinics, colleen saidman, contemplative care, donna karan, Eastern-Medicine, essential oil therapy, gaiam-yoga-club, healing techniques, holistic medicine, hospitals, learning, New York City, nutrition, NYC, patients, program, Reiki, rodney yee, school, students, teachers, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, UZIT, Western-Medicine, yoga gear, yoga props, yoga-therapy

Urban Zen Yoga Therapy Program

A guest post from Lisa Sunshine of Urban Zen

Anyone who practices yoga regularly knows that it can be a healing experience, both mentally and physically. In addition to the health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice, yoga therapists teach their patients specific ways to use yoga to combat everything from depression to back problems to side effects from cancer treatments.

Recognizing the importance of yoga and other Eastern healing techniques such as Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) in New York trains its students to combine these therapies with traditional Western medicine to create a holistic approach to patient care. During the program, each technique is taught separately, then instruction is given on how to interweave them to create a truly integrative healing session. Graduates of the UZIT program leave with experience working bedside with patients and their loved ones and caregivers in hospitals, as well in yoga studios, private practice, outpatient clinics, cancer support groups and a variety of other settings.

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: aches, American Viniyoga Institute, back-pain, body, breathing, chronic, core, doctor, donna karan, emotion, Gary Kraftsow, healing, instructors, Jill Miller, Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount, medical conditions, medicine, meditation practice, mind, nerves, neurological, New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, pain medicine, physical therapist, physical therapy, postural assessment, pranayama, psychological, reduce stress, rehabilitation, rodney yee, spirit, students, teachers, therapist, training, UZIT, wellness, yoga nidra, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy, yogic sleep

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

When Yoga Hurts Instead of Heals

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 4th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: addiction, asanas, back-pain, biomechanics, drop backs, flexibility, forward bend, forward fold, headstand, injuries, joint torque, neck pain, nerve damage, Patricia Sullivan, plow pose, practice, sciatic pain, shoulder stand, theraputic, Veeparita Korani Mudra, Yoga, Yoga Journal, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Woman doing a painful yoga posePain, numbness, tingling? Do any of these describe the feelings you have when you come out of an asana? Please heed these warnings! Not all yoga poses are safe for all people. Just follow expert yoga teacher Patricia Sullivan’s story in the October 2010 issue of Yoga Journal. She painfully details a journey of denial in which her headstand caused (yes, caused) crippling nerve pain that eventually culminated in her falling asleep at the wheel and driving off the road into a lagoon.

Yoga Can Help with Your Kids’ Headaches — and Yours, Too!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 30th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: children, Fitness, headaches, kid's yoga, physical education, well-being, yoga-therapy

Kids practicing yoga

Yoga yields many rewards. People will often start a practice of yoga because they hear it’s good for back pain, insomnia or for postural imbalances. But months down the road, they realize that they no longer get headaches or menstrual cramps, they’ve lost weight, and discover that they are less reactive and hostile. A persistent disciplined practice of any style of yoga reveals unexpected healing.

Can Yoga Really Help Back Pain?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 6th, 2010 | 11 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: abdominals, alternative medicine, asanas, back spasm, back-pain, balanceball chair, Fitness, healing, Jithara Parivartonasana, Leg Stretch #3, osteoarthrisis, Prasarita Lunges, Revolved Abdominal Pose, sciatica, spine, Supta Padangusthasana #3, therapist, yoga breathing techniques, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Yoga therapist helping a studentAs a specialized yoga teacher and yoga therapist, my job is to help people heal themselves through the art and science of yoga. This includes postures, breathing, emotional support and stress reduction. I have witnessed miracles on the mat and in the classroom. The successes I have seen are not unusual. Teachers of yoga of any style see their students’ lives improve on every level with disciplined practice.

Top 10 Yoga Trends for 2009: Are They Here to Stay?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 24th, 2009 | 8 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Fitness, Yoga | tags: Green Yoga, kirtan, online yoga, Yoga, yoga 2009, yoga activism, yoga blog, yoga class, yoga festivals, yoga media, yoga research, yoga studios, yoga teacher training, yoga trends, yoga-therapy

Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training graduates.

Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training graduates

We are closing our decade, and it’s time to take a look back at 2009 and the amazing year of growth in our U.S. yoga community. One thing is for certain: Despite the economy and the recession, there was constant growth and expansion in the yoga world!

Cell Phone Giving You a Pain in the Neck? Try Yoga Therapy Balls

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: cell phone, injuries, massage, physical therapy, yoga ball, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

business women walking on the street and talking on the phoneIn only 10 minutes in downtown Santa Monica, I counted 54 people talking on their cell phones while walking down the street. Only three chatters were using headsets. While headsets are now required by law in most states when driving, you won’t get a ticket for walking and talking with your cell phone jammed against your ear. But your neck and shoulders might eventually issue a warning of pain, and then a citation of spasm. Cell phone stress is a plague that, over time, can lead to serious debilitating pain. But I discovered a yoga ball remedy when I was healing from a rotator cuff injury that kept getting aggravated by my cell phone use. Now I am hooked on this low-cost quick-fix solution.

Urban Zen Foundation Teaches Yoga Therapy

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | March 13th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: urban-zend-foundation, yoga-therapy

About a year ago, Colleen and I helped chair the Urban Zen Initiative with Donna Karan and Sonja Nuttall. This 10-day forum explored the future of integrative medicine and the new healthcare paradigm. One of our immediate concerns was to train about 100 yoga teachers, mainly from the New York area, in some basic yoga therapy techniques that would address chronic health conditions and common symptoms of many diseases, including pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and constipation. Colleen and I led these trainings along with a number of other senior yoga teachers.