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Yoga therapy offers a unique approach to healing that aims to improve mental and physical health. Yoga therapists guide clients through a range of yoga practices, including movement, breathing, chanting, affirmations, and meditation, which have been clinically proven to be effective in therapeutic settings.
Through the lens of three case studies, this article offers a nuanced perspective on how yoga therapy tailors coping skills to the individual. Rather than prescribing a one-size-fits-all solution, the intention is to illustrate the diverse options available when confronted with extreme stress.
We report on a comprehensive study highlighting the efficacy of yoga for PTSD, and discuss how yoga therapists use these same techniques when working one-on-one with their clients.
By Christine Saari, MA, C-IAYT You may have heard of alternate nostril breathing, a simple yet powerful ancient Yoga technique that has garnered renewed attention with the growing popularity of breathwork in supporting overall health. Also known as “nadi shodhana”,...
In this article, we examine the therapeutic potential of nasal breathing in yoga therapy and expore the effect of nasal breathing on neurological conditions such as stroke, brain surgery, traumatic brain injury, and psychogenic issues.
Yoga nidra is a transformative personalized practice that’s gaining recognition in healthcare. The Five Kosha Yoga Nidra Method is gaining recognition for its potential to support health and healing for a wide array of physical and mental health conditions.
Therapeutic yoga nidra is remarkably versatile in addressing various health conditions. Read on to discover how using yoga nidra as medicine has the potential to revolutionize our approach to health and healing, and why yoga therapists frequently recommend it to help clients with a wide range of health issues.
Connecticut’s Victim Compensation Program: Integrating Fully Reimbursable Yoga Therapy for Trauma Recovery
Connecticut’s Victim Compensation Program (VCP) an exciting and innovative way to provide victims of crimes with full reimbursement for integrative therapies not typically covered by insurance, such as yoga therapy. What’s noteworthy for clinicians is that, unlike most insurance programs, VCP makes yoga therapy fully accessible by covering its costs.
The transformative power of yoga therapy in trauma recovery rests on a growing body of research that underscores its multifaceted benefits for healing. Read on for a summary of research that supports the use of yoga therapy in trauma recovery.
Yoga therapy works by helping individuals re-establish a felt sense of safety. In doing so, it allows the autonomic nervous system to regain its resilience and its ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
By Christine Saari, MA, E-RYT, C-IAYT The Pressing Concern of Professional Burnout The very essence of a professional's role, whether in healthcare or other sectors, involves being consistently committed, often going above and beyond to meet job demands....
By Christine Saari, MA, E-RYT, C-IAYT Finding Ground Amidst Seasonal Changes As the warmth of summer fades and we inch into September, particularly here in the Northeast, a subtle chill enters the air. The leaves prepare for their vibrant finale, and a certain type of...
This article demystifies the power of breathwork in managing anxiety, challenging popular techniques like the 4-7-8 breath and introducing the more effective 4-0-6-2 approach. It offers guidance on how to navigate breathwork and emphasizes the value of personalized support from a yoga therapist for mastering these techniques and improving mental health.
Discover the transformative power of yoga therapy for health anxiety management. This comprehensive guide unpacks how yoga therapy, using the five koshas, can enhance traditional treatment plans and provide mental health clinicians with an additional tool to support their clients. Explore yoga therapy’s potential, from understanding health anxiety to integration into comprehensive treatment plans.
Research suggests that approximately one in every five individuals who contract COVID-19 may experience long-lasting symptoms. Yoga therapy has demonstrated potential in mitigating the effects of Long COVID and similar conditions like ME/CFS, supporting the healing process.
Prana Nidra, a practice centered around energy, offers hope for those battling chronic fatigue. It is a unique form of yoga nidra, where we achieve a state of deep relaxation while remaining fully aware in order to enter healing brainwave states.
As a physician, you’re likely aware that effective pain management is a significant priority for patients suffering from disc herniation and back pain. You may or may not be familiar with the growing recognition of yoga therapy as a promising and effective option to manage symptoms of herniated discs, including pain.
By Christine Saari, MA, E-RYT, C-BDYT. In this article, we explore the research behind the use of yoga therapy to work with the physical and emotional challenges associated with a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis. Discover four ways yoga therapists work with clients to support them during their treatment. Learn what it’s like to begin a yoga regimen with no prior experience, and incorporate these practices into your daily life.
By Sara Merrick-Albano, E-RYT, C-IAYT As a medical professional, you probably see patients every day with anxiety, regardless of your specialty. Anxiety is a normal response to the stress that comes with making medical decisions, such as choosing treatment options,...
By Sara Merrick-Albano, E-RYT, C-IAYT Autoimmune diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect patients in different ways for each individual. As the exact causes of these diseases are unknown, it can be challenging to provide symptom relief. The good...
Do you have a health condition that is chronic and seems to have no solution? Have you been to multiple doctors without receiving a satisfactory diagnosis that could explain your symptoms? Read on to discover how yoga therapy is emerging as an evidence-based complementary health care option to empower people to reduce, manage, or even transform their relationship to stress, even finding relief from stubborn health conditions with no obvious medical explanation.
By Sara Merrick-Albano, E-RYT, C-IAYT Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be a daunting diagnosis for patients, and affects over 2.3 million people.1 Yoga therapy, a recognized form of complementary medicine (CAM), can be an effective tool to help mitigate symptoms of MS. It...
By Christine Saari, MA, E-RYT, C-IAYT Clinicians are beginning to recommend breathwork as a complement to traditional mental health care such as talk therapy and medication. The terms "breathwork" and "pranayama" are used here synonymously to refer to breathing...
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