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Often, when I visit yoga studios, I see yama and niyama posters on the walls – particularly, for some reason, in the bathroom. One time, when I was out of town, I found a class I wanted to take at a studio I’d never been to. When I walked in, the receptionist didn’t look up. I stood at the desk waiting for a while and when she finally acknowledged me there was very little eye contact and definitely no smile. However, a curt, “Can I help you” managed to eject itself through her teeth.
Hauling My Butt Out Of The Yoga Comparison Trap By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | June 25, 2020 COMMENTSWhen I first moved to Asheville there was a very popular teacher named Shala. People loved her classes then and they still love her classes now. I thought to myself,...
The Neurobiology of De-escalation By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | June 18, 2020 COMMENTSI'm a little biased, but I think my son has always had a great sense of humor. When he was four he started putting raspberries on his fingertips and then letting them dance to a...
I have inherited the generational trauma of a people who were oppressed, brutalized, spiritually and politically disenfranchised, culturally crushed, and left landless, impoverished, grief-stricken and heart-broken.
Still, somehow, my ancestors managed to survive, to rebuild their lives, and to thrive – like flowers emerging from cracks in the pavement.
There are deep rivers of healing waiting beneath the surface that we stand, sit, walk, run, dance, pose and lie upon. This stunning green and blue ball, careening at 828,000 kilometers per hour through a mind-numbingly expansive void, is no lump of rock with a few half-conscious creatures loitering about on its surface.
Yoga practice, while not a substitute for standard mental health care, can provide potent, complementary, person-centered support for coping with the stress during this pandemic. It can also help people build greater resilience to meet the challenges that are certainly ahead.
Yes, we are in the middle of an unprecedented, chaotic, worldwide crisis, but suggesting that yoga teachers who are teaching live classes should be “banged up” and imprisoned as murderers is perhaps not the most… ahem… yogic of suggestions. Namaste.
I don’t think the urge to reorganize is simply about discharging excessive energy or agitation. Rather, it is actually a response to an internal demand for recalibration or adaptation. When there is an internal demand to do things differently, acting out that demand in the external world helps us to prepare for the more challenging internal work.
In the best of times, mantra is a powerful practice for maintaining inner peace and dealing with the ups and downs of life. In challenging times, mantra becomes essential for both inner and outer stability.
Yoga Tools for Anxiety - Podcast! By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | April 22, 2020 COMMENTS Last week I had a chance to (virtually) sit down with my friend Mado Hesselink of The Yoga Teacher Resource Podcast and talk about the rise in anxiety during these difficult times...
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.
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.