If your day is packed with activity, taking a few minutes out of your day to breathe, stretch and relax may seem like a luxury that you can’t afford. However, research has shown that not taking time out can cost you even more.
So what is a yoga practice? Centering the mind and body is a good place to start. Simple breathing and body awareness exercises will help you identify where stress lives in your body. The breath is a bridge to the emotions. How you breathe can have an impact on how you feel, physically and emotionally. Getting in touch with the breath and learning how to breathe fully can help you decrease muscle tension and stress. Physical exercise, in the form of stretching and yoga postures, is adapted to your particular needs. Chronic muscle tension or weakness can be addressed with specific movements ranging from very gentle postures using a chair to complex active standing postures. Yoga practice ends with deep relaxation and usually a short meditation.
Yoga Therapy is similar to a yoga practice in that it uses some of the same tools – breathing techniques, exercises, relaxation and meditation – and more. Yoga Therapy focuses on your individual health condition and wellness objectives using a variety of yoga tools for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” ~ International Association of Yoga Therapists
As your Yoga Therapist, I’m a partner in your health. My role is to offer you personalized tools and practices from the yoga tradition that facilitate your healing process and guide you on your path to wellness.
I discovered the healing path of yoga when I was a young girl. This path is has served me in many ways throughout my life; physically, emotionally and spiritually. During my years as a distance runner and throughout two pregnancies, yoga provided support for my body and mind. Yoga offers tools for skillful living and feeling well.
I have personally experienced the healing power of yoga by living nearly symptom free of multiple sclerosis for more than a dozen years. I found that yoga relieves my symptoms and gives me tools to better manage stress. After my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1997 and cancer in 2012, my yoga practice gave me tools for getting through the tough times into a place of joyful living.
I believe yoga heals us, individually and as a community. My deep commitment to help others live better and happier lives has led me to teach community yoga and private lessons since 1996. I am a certified Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy, a program I have studied with since 1999. I have advanced yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, as well as certification from Yoga for the Heart (affiliated with the Dean Ornish Reversing Heart Disease Program). I am a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher specializing in yoga for children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.
As a lifelong practitioner of yoga, I had the tools to get me through the tough times, yoga practices that I could lean on to help me relax, breathe, calm my mind, and eventually stretch and strengthen my body. I want you to have these tools, too.
You can do this. Let me help. Call or email me for a confidential consultation.