Yoga Therapy is a Practice!

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 to DO the practice, it isn't going to help you. Then months or years later, you can say, "Yeah, yoga therapy - I tried that and it didn't help." Well, it didn't help b/c you didn't actually DO the practice. Yoga therapy

Cultivating the Witness

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 sitting in stillness and listening. Begin with listening to the sounds outside the body: from the most distant sound you can perceive, gradually, move closer - what is the closest sound or loudest sound you are perceiving? Th

5 Koshas

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 identify as our selves. These layers veil our True Nature, which is Brahman, or all-pervading wholeness. Through integrating these 5 sheaths, we are able to transcend the illusion of our separate-ness. The first Kosha, Annamay

Holiday Blues

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 characterized by cold, dryness and wind (depending on where you live of course - this is mostly for those in 4-season climate!). The nights are longer and the days are shorter, so we have less natural light. Making sure you

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