yoga-therapy

Do Yoga Teachers Have a Role to Play in Healthcare?

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: good health, health, health benefits, healthy habits, healthy living, joint health, mental-health, staying healthy, womens health, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques, yoga for detox, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga poses for back pain, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga-therapy

Ever-increasing numbers of physicians and research studies tout the benefits of yoga, but is it truly being integrated into healthcare? A recent article in Yoga Journal notes that physicians are prescribing yoga in greater numbers than ever, and there are now more than 130 yoga therapy training programs worldwide. But what kind of access do patients have to classes or therapists that can meet their needs? Can those recovering from illness or struggling with depression find a class that feels welcoming and appropriate for their needs?

Discipline

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | May 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, discipline, growth, Personal Growth, self growth, spiritual growth, teacher, teachers, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teachers, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

Discipline is defined as a branch of knowledge or the practice of training people. I find this interesting as a yoga “teacher,” for a few reasons. One is that that while I am a teacher, I am also only a student. And honestly, the only person I am ever really training is myself.

Kindspiration

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: better-body, body, body-image, finding happiness, happiness, inspiration, love, love your body, love your shape, love yourself, mind-body-connection, practicing happiness, self-love, Yoga, yoga-therapy

When it comes to our bodies, we as women tend to place a great deal of pressure on ourselves to achieve certain results. We deprive ourselves and push ourselves in order to whittle down, tighten up, drop dress sizes, and increase our level of attractiveness. We exalt uber-thin (sometimes, dangerously thin) bodies through images of “thinspiration.” We put these images out on social media and tell the world, “This is what I’m striving for.”

When Students Are Teachers: Yoga in Drug Court

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, growth, help, mental-health, Personal Growth, self growth, teacher, teachers, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teachers, yoga-therapy

When I became a yoga teacher 13 years ago, I was keenly interested in introducing yoga into hospitals and mental health centers. I began my own practice right after my father died, and experienced such grounding within my grief that I longed to share the benefits of yoga with people who’d experienced illness or trauma. I taught in hospitals, but it was five years later, in county drug court, that I found my true niche working with teens.

DREAM BIG WITH TFM: Five Steps Towards Making Your Dreams a Reality

by guest | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: apparel, dreams, finding happiness, happiness, new, positive, positive-thoughts, practicing happiness, pursuing dreams, two fit moms, Yoga, yoga apparel, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

Four years ago, we began sharing our love of yoga on Instagram by posting snapshots and picture tutorials of some of our favorite poses. With young kids at home, we rarely made it out to attend classes at yoga studios, but we loved to practice at home. We had a passion for connecting with others and sharing whatever we learned on our mats, so we posted photos often and helped build a virtual yoga community. We hoped to be able to reach a larger audience one day, and seeing that dream come true through our relationship with Gaiam has been a surreal experience.

Learning to be Human

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: beginner yoga, Beginner's Mind, beginners, deepen-your-yoga-practice, gentle workouts, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

The other day I attended a new yoga class. Though I entered the studio with ten minutes to spare, the entire floor was covered with bodies. For a gentle yoga class? In my experience the gentle classes usually provide plenty of room to find a private space.

Alignment

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | March 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: alignment, benefits of yoga, bks-iyengar, deepen-your-yoga-practice, Iyengar, Iyengar yoga, Personal Growth, strength, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

The very first yoga class I ever attended was Iyengar-based. This was some fifteen years ago, when I was totally into Tai Bo, Spin and Step Aerobics. Kind of an unusual transition, really. Truth be told, I hated it. I could hear the clock ticking, I did not sweat, and there was no music. It felt like such a waste of time to me. It took me a good month to go back. Honestly, it was like pulling teeth, but something kept me going back once a week.

Yoga, Disability, and Community

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: colorado, disabilities, seniors, Yoga, yoga class, yoga for everyone, yoga mat, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Seven years ago I found a copy of yoga teacher Matthew Sanford’s book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, in the local used bookstore. The book lit me on fire: Not only did Sanford’s story of loss and healing profoundly move me, his deep and unique experience with yoga’s ability to transform touched into my own and inspired me to teach to people with disabilities.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: awareness, Beginner's Mind, beginners, benefits of yoga, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

How long have you been coming to your yoga mat? When you think about your yoga practice, can you remember what brought you to yoga and how you felt during your first class? It’s been over 15 years since I first stepped on my yoga mat and I remember exactly how I felt. Excited and terrified.

6 Yoga Tips for Deep Sleep

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: help sleeping, how to sleep better, rodney yee, sleep, sleeping, sleeplessness, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

  1. Release tension. Before you get started with yoga before sleep, know that gentle forward bending will release tension in the postural muscles that support you all day long. When we lay down these muscles can rest but often do not shut off because of habit.