What is Therapeutic Yoga?
It’s a blend of yogic technologies focused on supporting people in healing: restorative postures, gentle yoga, breath work, hands-on healing, guided imagery. TY is geared toward fitting yoga to the person, not making the person fit the yoga. It looks at an individual’s special needs and creates a healing practice.
Traditionally, in India, all yoga is for healing. TY is an evolution of what I saw was needed, and what could easily be brought into hospitals. I have worked to create a way of teaching people who are very ill, combining simple propping, meditation and SOMETHING ELSE.
These gentle, practices are deeply relaxing. They turn off the stress—or fight/flight response—and turn on the parasympathetic, or rest/digest response. When we get calm, the body starts to focus on mending. Then it’s about going inside, meeting whatever needs healing. We mentally scan the body and find the tension, meet it with the breath, soften and explore. TY is a time of bringing compassion and breath to those areas, along with guided meditation and soothing imagery. I have seen through my work how vital it is to the healing process to turn off the stress response.
marti-pinkMy clients include, those going through cancer treatments, stroke recovery, heart transplants, and pain management issues to more skeletal issues like frozen shoulder, sacroiliac joint pain, sports injuries, sciatica and Spinal stenosis. With my special certifications in Pink Ribbon Yoga and Yoga and Oncology I am able to help those going through Chemo therapy and in the recovery phases , meeting the special needs of these patients. I encourage these clients to not be defined by their illness. Yoga is empowering and allows you to work at your optimum-whatever level that might be today. All sessions are followed by relaxation and meditation.