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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.read more
Don’t get me wrong, inversions are really good. Legs up the wall, block, or the couch (sometimes while watching Netflix) is something I make sure to fit in almost daily.read more
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.read more
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.read more
HOMECONTACT VIEW CART SHOP UPCOMING EVENTS IN-PERSON COURSES ONLINE COURSES I’ve been teaching yoga since 1995, but it was only about a year ago that I began to realize I wanted to reach out to more people to share the science and the methods behind slow, conscious...read more
Yoga, through its four main “process tools” (ethical engagement, breathing practices, mindful movement, and meditation) offers a comprehensive system to widen those windows of tolerance both cognitively, and via the body/nervous system – or what the neuroscientists call both “Top down” and “Bottom up” self-regulation.read more
Slow is as much a cultural as it is an individual value. We are at the beginning of the bell curve in terms of society adopting and valuing slow, mindful yoga practices. Western cultures and particularly American culture (which, for better or worse, has seeped into the rest of the world) values speed and productivity. So it’s not surprising that these values have been translated into the yoga world as: Good Yoga = Fast and Strenuous Yogaread more
Last Saturday, while visiting family in South Florida, I wandered into a yoga class. Sometimes while I’m out of town, I just like to see what’s out there and try something new. So I picked a random class and went. There were two other students in the class, a 30 something woman who looked bored and a 40 something man who looked like his doctor sent him.read more
There's a new organ in your body. Well. not really. But science is recognizing the importance of the fascia or connective tissue - (something that yogis and bodywork folks have been working with for years). They've named it the "interstitium" and recognize it as the...read more
When I’m having trouble falling asleep and I switch my attention from the superhighway in my head to the expansive, radiant sensations in my body, the ever-present but typically under-the-level-of-consciousness messages my body sends to my brain begin to come online and percolate up into awareness.read more
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.
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.
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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