Q: How is Yoga Therapy different than a regular yoga class?
A: There are four points that characterize the main difference between a Yoga Therapy approach and most other forms of asana practice:
1. Repetition & Stay: The use of repetition into and out of postures in addition to holding postures
2. Function over Form: The emphasis on function rather than form in asana practice, and the science of adapting the forms of the postures to achieve different results
3. Breath & Adaptation: The emphasis on breath as the medium for movement in asana, and the science of adapting the pattern of breathing in asana to produce different effects
4. Art & Science of Sequencing: The refined art and science of combination which allows teachers to create sequences of different orientation, length, and intensity to suit the intention and context of each practice.
Q: What should i bring?
A: You need to only bring along/be in Yoga wear (which is a soft-banded waistband and some layers, eg: tank or t-shirt, long sleeve shirt or sweater) and your Yoga mat (if you have one), though I do have all the props you would need.
Q: what is the cancellation policy?
A: 24 hours notice is required in advance of our session, via telephone/voicemail ( e-mail does not suffice). Cancellations provided with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
Q: What are the benefits of yoga therapy?
Benefits may include, but are not limited to:
Quality of Life
- Eliminate insomnia
- Improve quality of sleep
- Promote relaxation
- Improve quality of relationships
- Assist with weight loss
- Promote healthy food habits (less emphasis on - sugar, caffeine)
- Promote healthy life habits (decrease craving for alcohol, smoking)
- Decrease pain
- Increase ease of breathing
- Improve ease of movement
- Improve joint mobility
- Decrease risk of falls
- Improve spine / joint stability
- Increase strength and flexibility
- Increase circulation (especially peripheral)
- Improve digestion
- Improve immunity
- Increase distal sensation
- Increase amount of O2 in blood
- Regulate heart rate
- Regulate blood pressure
- Regulate respiratory rate
- Increase emotional stability
- Increase confidence
- Reduce depression
- Reduce panic attacks and anxiety
- Reduce fear
- Increase level of alertness and sharpness of mind
- Acceptance of limitations
- Reducing pain and discomfort, overcoming physical or emotional trauma, and recovering from illness, injury, addiction, or other health concerns.
- Maintaining current health and well being, preventing illness or injury, and increasing flexibility and strength including preparing for, or complementing an existing health maintenance or fitness program.
- Reducing stress, overcoming depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma, and helping to manage and deal with life-threatening illness.
- Personal and/or spiritual growth. In the case of spiritual growth, it is important to note that the course followed would be initiated by the student's own interest and complimentary to the student's personal spiritual practices, beliefs, and preferences.
Q: Is yoga a relation?
A: No, not at all. This confusion arose in our culture because Yoga evolved over thousands of years in the context of the spiritual and religious traditions of India. The practices of Yoga were appropriated into most of the different religious traditions of the East, and when these teachings were first transmitted in the West, they were often taught by teachers who were also also Hindi, Sikh or Buddhist. Therefore, the teachings of Yoga were often mixed depending on the teacher.
Although the practices, or yogic tools, were appropriated by these traditions, most religious individuals dismissed Yoga as a secular science. In actuality, Yoga is most correctly understood as a science of mind oriented towards understanding the mind-body relationship, and a tool of transcendence, transformation and self-discovery with a philosophical streak.
Yoga has no theological orientation historically or contemporarily. Practitioners of Yoga, which can be any individual of any orientation/age/ sex/gender/political view/economic standing , can and do practice Yoga. Many of these practitioners share that their practices makes them feel more devoted to their faith and practitioners of Yoga can be found all over the globe.
Q: Who is sri krishnamacharya
A: The source of our teaching was Sri T Krishnamacharya was regarded as the grandfather of modern yoga. In addition to being a yogi, he was also a well known healer, linguist, musician, researcher, author and expert scholar in the six Indian Schools of Vedic Philosophy. He was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context.
As a teacher his principle was "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." He taught that Yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs, circumstances and goals of each individual. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, he demonstrated a deep understanding of Yoga relevant for all students.
During the one hundred years of his life (1888-1989), he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings have become very popular through his many students - notably his son TKV Desikachar, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar, and Pattabhi Jois.