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Reconciling Non-Attachment (vairagya) with Attachment Theory

Reconciling Non-Attachment (vairagya) with Attachment Theory

Yes, it’s not uncommon for people who have been wired to be avoidant through their childhood experiences to then see yoga as a perfect way to reinforce and normalize their insecure attachment because, throughout the yoga literature, we are bombarded with the exalted value of NON-ATTACHMENT or vairagya.

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Hawking Yoga in the Halls of Congress

I’m standing in a white marble hallway on the second floor of the Rayburn building attempting to entice passersby to stop in and sample a treatment. Just behind me are tables covered in boxes of Arnica gel and acupuncture brochures. I’m waiting for congressional staff (and who knows if they’ll actually show up for their appointments) in the “integrative therapy room.”

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The Lost Art of Flopping Around

We’re really good at flopping when we’re babies. We roll around, we flop on our parents, we flop on the kitchen floor, on the bed, on the dog. This kind of active flopping has a sort of springiness to it that’s very important developmentally. As we learn to flop around, we also learn how to work with gravity to develop better muscles tone, better proprioception, and greater kinesthetic awareness.

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“Props are for Wimps!” and Other Sage Advice

About 15 years ago, a student I’ll call George showed up for class. He was in his early 60s and had been a runner. But he’d chewed up his knees from years on the pavement, so he started working out at the gym where I was teaching. His chiropractor told him he really needed yoga and recommended my classes. George embarked on his yoga journey intent on doing the hardest poses in the most strenuous fashion, while gritting his teeth or wincing.

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Yoga Helped This Depressed Deadhead (New Research on How)

Streeter identifies a mechanism by which yoga improves Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). She calls it “The Vagal GABA theory.” Essentially, she postulates that specific poses and breathing practices both stimulate the vagus nerve and increase GABA. GABA is the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it has a calming effect on the system.

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Upcoming Events

Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Anxiety and Depression | March 12 – 14, 2020

Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Anxiety and Depression | March 12 – 14, 2020

Yoga offers a holistically oriented, cost-effective approach that complements current treatment strategies for mental health and substance use disorders. Murali Doraiswamy, a Duke University researcher who conducted a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders concluded, “The search for improved treatments, including non-drug based, to meet the holistic needs of patients is of paramount importance.
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Subtle® Yoga for Mental Health Intensive: Trauma and Addiction Recovery | April 16 – 18, 2020

Subtle® Yoga for Mental Health Intensive: Trauma and Addiction Recovery | April 16 – 18, 2020

The application of yoga techniques to assist in managing chronic pain and the role of spirituality in healing will also be explored. Participants will be introduced to a yoga-informed biopsychosocialspiritual model that addresses treatment as well as recovery, prevention and health promotion. Review of ethical standards for behavioral health providers and yoga practitioners will help to identify alignment and areas where further exploration is needed.
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Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals: Teaching Yoga to Individuals and Groups | Starting September 2020

Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals: Teaching Yoga to Individuals and Groups | Starting September 2020

The Subtle®Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals focuses on learning how to practice and guide clients through yoga breathing, postures, and meditation practices which can benefit mental health and emotional well-being. Participants will learn to teach safe, effective, accessible yoga practices to individuals and groups with a focus on sharing yoga with clients in behavioral health settings. Participants will be introduced to the basics of postures including alignment, anatomy and physiology, and learn how to adapt practices for an office setting.
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RYT 500 | Coming in 2020

RYT 500 | Coming in 2020

Whether you are an experienced or aspiring yoga teacher, a health professional, therapist or educator looking to integrate yoga into your work, or simply someone who is looking for a framework for personal growth, the Subtle® Yoga approach to training will provide you with a unique structure in which to experience and learn to teach, great yoga.
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