PRACTITIONERS2018-07-23T13:19:18+00:00

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Practitioners

“You can change any aspect of your existence through any aspect of your existence”
~ Neil Pearson

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What is Yoga Therapy?

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Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. Yoga therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of yogic practices and assessment skills, as well as familiarity with biomedical and psychological foundational knowledge.

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International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) is the credentialing body for Yoga Therapy as a profession.

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Integrating Pain Science knowledge with the Tools of Yoga

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  • Chronic Pain Specialty
  • Certified Pain Care Specialist with Neil Pearson, www.Lifeisnow.ca
  • Chronic Pain-Management Conference for Healthcare Professionals at Kripalu, Lenox, MA
  • Study including online, research-based and books of leading pain researcher, doctors and other healthcare providers
  • Learning Mentorship in Pain Care Yoga.

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What are the teachings and practices of yoga?

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  • Yoga Philosophy and Ethics (Yamas & Niyamas)
  • Intention and Affirmation (Sankalpa)
  • Physical Postures (Asana)
  • Breathing Practices (Pranayama)
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Imagery and Visualization
  • Sound (Mantra, chanting)
  • Hand Gestures (Mudras)
  • Ayurveda (Science of Yoga)
  • Lifestyle & dietary

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Scope of Practice

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  • Practice within my education, training and experience as it pertains to yoga therapy
  • Assess the individual client using appropriate assessment tools.
  • Ensure safe and appropriate treatment plan is developed with the individual client’s goals, needs, learning styles, life considerations and access to resources in mind
  • Teach and guide the client in implementing their treatment plan.
  • Refer out to the appropriate healthcare practitioner when necessary.

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Services Provided

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  • Treatment plan that encompasses the client’s goals, needs and abilities tailored to all aspects of that person
  • Individual practice sessions
  • Group Yoga Therapy
  • Workshops
  • Educational Seminars on Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain for public and practitioners
  • Consultations
  • Public Classes

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Positive results our clients have experienced include:

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EASE OF MOVEMENT AND BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE through the physical practice of asana and breath

DIRECT CONNECTION THROUGH BREATH AWARENESS AND CONTROL, providing for stress release and better regulation of stress-related chemicals like cortisol

For the mind, it is the OPTIMAL ENVIRONMENT for focus, awareness, concentration, and balance

Deepening of SELF-AWARENESS and SELF-REGULATION

EMPOWERMENT of their own healing process, which extends to other areas of their life

CONNECTION TO OUR TRUE NATURE, and therefore, connections to others and the world around us

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Yoga Therapy may help clients with:

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PAIN MANAGEMENT, SYMPTOM ALLEVIATION, REHABILITATION, PREVENTIVE CARE, PRE- OR POST-SURGERY CARE

While a yoga therapist values each client as AN INDIVIDUAL, there are multiple opportunities for a HEALTHY COLLABORATION between yoga therapist and medical professionals, including:

  • Better patient outcomes and improvements in quality of life
  • Knowledge sharing
  • More effective essential medical interventions
  • Fewer side effects
  • Greater economic savings for the patient and healthcare system
  • Lower dosing of medications
  • Preventive medicine
  • A sustainable platform for empowering the patient in their healing

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RESEARCH-BASED WORK

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The scientific basis for utilizing a therapeutic yoga model in lifestyle medicine is now well supported thanks to research in the field of neuroscience. In the last few years, research has documented the efficacy of yoga for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, sleep disorders, upper respiratory disease, brain function, immune function, back pain, mood disorders and stress reduction. Some of the leading research in the United States is coming from The Osher Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Perhaps the most well known success is Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which relied heavily on yoga as a therapeutic modality in the 1990s.

The asana (yoga postures) play an important role as well, since expansion of the rib cage during backbends and forward bends enhances the depth of breath — further strengthening core diaphragmatic muscles and enhancing baroreceptor sensitivity (Strongoli, Gomez, and Coast, 2010).

More generally, it has been shown that RELAXATION INTERVENTIONS integrated into community, educational, and hospital settings have far-reaching benefits, making them an easily accessible non-pharmacological approach for a variety of populations and clinical conditions (Klainin-Yobas, Susanne Yew, and Lau, 2015).

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