There have been many discussions about what yoga therapy is and how it is different from taking a yoga class. But one thing I think is important to remember - is that whether we are discussing yoga or yoga therapy - it is an on-going "practice" not a cure for all that ails you. Having one yoga therapy session, and then never doing the recommended practice - whether that includes breathing techniques, postures or relaxation - is not going to change you. If you aren't willing t
Last week's blog post gave a brief explanation of the 5 Koshas or "sheaths" of the body. This week, I want to explore "Vijnanamaya kosha" in a little more in-depth. This is "The Witness" body. We cultivate the Witness by practicing mindfulness - by daily stepping back from our actions, our thoughts and emotions and noticing who is doing the action, who is thinking, who is feeling.
There are actually several ways we can begin to cultivate the Witness Body. One way is by sitti
One way yoga therapy is different from other "therapeutic" forms, is that yoga therapy uses the kosha model to identify "dis-ease" or separation in the body/mind. The Pancha Maya Kosha model comes from the Taittiriya Upanishad composed approximately 6th century, BC. Pancha means "5" and Maya means "illusion". The word "Kosha" may be translated as "sheath" or "layer". The 5 Koshas refer to our many dimensions of being. These 5 Koshas are the layers of our being that we identif
Holidaze got you down? For many of us the holidays or more generally, the season of winter, can be a difficult time to navigate. Some of you may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, others may simply experience depression or anxiety this time of year due to loss in your own life. Here are some tips from Yoga and Ayurveda that can help you navigate this season hopefully a little bit better.
According to Ayurveda - Fall and Winter is the "Vata" time of year. It's often cha