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 to 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: Is there a cancellation policy?
A: I require 24 hours cancellation by phone. Cancellations provided with less than 24.hours notice will be subject to a fee.
Q: Is Yoga a Religion?
A: No it is not. 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. When these teachings were first transmitted in the West, they were often taught by teachers who were also practicing one of the many forms of Hinduism, Sikhism, or Buddhism. The pure teachings of Yoga were therefore often mixed with the cultural and religious associations of the particular teacher.
Although the practices of Yoga were appropriated by these religious traditions, most of them dismissed Yoga as a secular science. Yoga is actually more correctly understood as a science of mind oriented towards understanding the mind/body relationship. Indeed we can see that many similar practices evolved and were appropriated into the religious traditions of the West. The pure teachings of Yoga have no theological orientation. The practices of Yoga when correctly taught will help anyone of any religious tradition deepen their own faith - it is often said that the practice of Yoga can make a Catholic a better Catholic, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Buddhist a better Buddhist, etc. That is why we find practicing Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and Non-Theists among the countless Yoga enthusiasts around the world.
Q: Who was Sri Krishnamacharya?
A: Yogacarya 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.
Q: Why is a therapists' lineage important?
The school where I completed my certification, Yoga Therapy Toronto is modeled after the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a highly regarded Yoga Therapy Clinic and Centre for Yoga-Related Research and Educational Programs in Chennai, India.
TKV Desikachar founded the KYM as a public, non-profitable charitable trust in 1976, in honor of his father and teacher, the renowned Yoga master T. Krishnamacharya. The KYM is dedicated to making the benefits of Krishnamacharya's Yoga methodology and teachings available to everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, and nationality. Today, it is considered one of the most important centers for the study of Yoga in the world.
This lineage structure is a reflection of the heart of Yoga – relationship. The Yoga we practice today is a gift we received from thousands of men and women we will never know – the gift of a complete, holistic healing system.