Did you know that yoga was traditionally meant to be a completely one-on-one experience?
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, often referred to as the “father of modern yoga” preached the principle to “teach what is appropriate for an individual”. In India Krishnamacharya was known as a healer who drew from both ayurvedic and yogic traditions to restore health and well-being to the individuals he treated. Kirshnamacharya’s philosophy stresses that one cannot grow his/her full capacity learning the teachings of yoga solely in group classes.
Keeping with this tradition, I can help you develop your individual yoga practice by using my Integrative Yoga Therapy Assessment. Using the assessment results, I can fine tune your practice working with you one-on-one taking you through postures you may currently struggle with in group classes, while at the same time I can introduce you to different yoga styles, postures, breath work and meditation techniques that may be of more benefit to you and your journey at the present time.
You may like to learn more about how you can use yoga to specifically assist with relief of a chronic condition or how you can use the practice of yoga to compliment a sport or physical activity you currently do.
Yoga is an excellent complimentary treatment for mental health related issues and respiratory ailments.
Mindfulness Movement for Anxiety and Depression
- Using yoga, meditation and other related mindfulness techniques, people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and similar mental health ailments of mild to moderate severity, can be relieved of tension and many concomitant symptoms. With appropriate verbal cues, repetition from the teacher, and individual modifications of both postures and breath work, patients and clients can learn to use their very own mind and breath to maximize their mind-body connection. Every movement, postural cue and practice routine can be custom tailored to meet on-going specific needs, further encouraging patients and clients to adapt these principles into their daily lives no matter what the situation.
Yoga Therapy to Increase Lung Capacity
The practice of strengthening one’s vital (breathing) capacity is by far the most fundamental aspect of yoga.
The word “prana” means “primary or vital air”. The prefix, pra means forward, toward or prior. The suffix, na means to breathe and energize.
This “vital force” is in the entire body — not just in the lungs as modern day respiratory science may suggest.
Each and every individual’s vital energy surrounds and interpenetrates every living being on earth.
The breath is also intricately connected to the mind. Therefore, if the breath is agitated — so is the mind. In order to quiet and calm the mind thus improving our decisive abilities, we must first learn to regulate the breath.
Let me be your guide to better breathing.
Thai Yoga Massage (Adapted for the Table)
During the COVIV-19 CRISIS, hands on table treatments are not available however Self-Guided Manual Therapy is available.
For those of you whom just want to lay back and enjoy the experience and benefits of yoga more passively, there is Thai Yoga Massage. The style of Thai Yoga Massage I currently offer has been adapted for the table. During this experience, you are fully clothed in yoga fitness attire. Starting by having you focus on your deep diaphragmatic breathing, I relax your body and mind. Continuing on, I passively move your body through an entire yoga class while applying specific pressure to unblock areas holding tension, all with you simply relaxing on the table. The typical specific techniques used within my Thai Yoga table treatment are trigger point release/acupressure and myofasical release often following the meridian pathways as described in Traditional Chinese Medicine.