Yoga Therapy

 

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Yoga Therapy Sessions:

Terra Wellness yoga therapy sessions blend Vinyasa, Yoga Therapeutics, Body Psychology, Eastern Energy Techniques, Western physical assessment tests and core stabilization techniques. 

Whether working privately or in group gatherings, each yoga practice I teach is with the intention to help empower the individual to find their source of well-being and centeredness through their own body awareness. The majority of my time with clients is done in private one-on-one sessions, or semi-private small group gatherings. These sessions are specialized to meet the specific needs of the client and are available through interview and appointment.

What is Yoga Therapy?

The Yoga Therapy that I teach and that is basis of the Yoga Doctors Method is traditionally based on the Vinyasa Krama System. Vinyasa Krama , or the Art of Enlightened Transition, is an ancient system of Yoga that was brought back into prominence by the legendary 20th century Yoga master, Sri T. Krishnamacharya (teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar, Patthaboi Jois, T.K.V. Desikachar, Indra Devi and others).  The practice is designed to assist the practitioner in developing self-mastery through enhanced physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual awareness.

The Yoga Doctors Method of Vinyasa Krama is an organic system that has been synthesized from the most structurally and energetically intelligent elements of classical Yoga, Thai massage, Qi Gong, Chiropractic mobilizations, Chinese Meridian theory, sports medicine and modern movement science.  Our method views the body as an instrument and the heart as the conductor refining each action in the practice to encourage and support the next action like how notes harmonize with corresponding notes in a symphony.

Vinyasa is the natural artistic fluidity of breath synchronized movements.  Krama is an intelligent method or order of practice that is created to awaken the body’s innate intelligence.  The classical style of therapeutic Vinyasa Krama seamlessly unites breath with movement and adapts the practice to the individual’s specific needs, capabilities and intentions.  It explores their perceived limitations and inspires deeper personal growth through thoughtful variations and exercise progressions given at the perfect moment.  In this approach, Vinyasa Krama opens the body, the person and the soul in a kind and gentle way, achieving deep transformation and rediscovered potential without force or injury.

Is it any wonder that we need yoga for stress relief?

According to The National Mental Health Association, 75 to 95 percent of all doctor visits are stress related. Stress has been linked to many health conditions and illnesses including chronic headaches, backaches, weight gain, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, ulcers, insomnia, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and heart disease. Common psychological responses to stress include anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, and decreased ability to concentrate and retain information.

What exactly is stress?

What we refer to as ’stress’ is actually the body’s natural response to a perceived physical or psychological threat that causes a chain reaction of chemical and hormonal changes in the body, commonly referred to as the ‘flight or fight’ response.
Adrenaline and cortisol are released into the blood stream, heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up, pumping more blood to the heart and muscles and shutting down all non-essential functions.
This reaction is important to self-preservation and can protect us in dangerous situations. However, when the stress response becomes habitually engaged because of chronic physical and/or mental stress, the entire body suffers leading to depression of the immune system, weakening of the entire body, and ultimately disease.

How Does Yoga Help Relieve Stress?

The benefits of exercise in diminishing the stress response are widely touted. A host of studies points to the benefits of such exercise. Yoga, a form of mind-body exercise, with its various postures designed to stretch and strengthen the body, controlled breathing exercises and guided relaxation components has become a popular method for stress management.

Benefits of Yoga for Stress Relief

  • Improved muscular strength and flexibility while releasing stored muscular tension
  • Increased blood circulation and oxygen uptake
  • Focused attention as you concentrate on moving your body helps the cares and worries of your busy day literally fade away
  • Increased relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Increased coping skills
  • Decreased production of stress hormones
  • Increased feeling of well-being
  • Increased endorphin (‘feel good’ hormones) production
  • Improved mood
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved digestion and elimination