Yoga Therapy Practices
A Balancing Practice for Anytime
This is a pretty quick practice that contains a few different elements. First we do three Sun Salutations (of course do more time / energy permitting). Next we go through some rounds of alternate nostril breathing and finally, the practice ends with a short body scan.
This practice can be done anytime. You can use it as a morning session to kick-start your day, or for an afternoon boost. It would even work as a quick practice in the evening.
This is balancing to the body, and might even help settle an anxious mind. Give it a try anytime you need some help re-settling.
Yoga Nidra Jun 22-2021Infinite Breath Yoga Therapy
Yoga Nidra or “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation technique that can be calming to the nervous system, help reduce anxiety, facilitate the release of negative thought patterns and improve overall well being (references HERE and HERE). Below is a 15 minute yoga nidra practice.
The Joint Freeing Series
The Joint Freeing Series (JFS) is a short practice that moves each joint through its full and natural range of motion. It faciliates joint health, improves circulation and provides an opportunity for mindful observation of the body. The practice is short at about 12 minutes as shown in the video (but certainly can be done more quickly or more slowly time permitting). It can be practiced first thing in the morning, during the afternoon for a quick, healthy movement break or in the evening to wind down. The JFS is a wonderful, therapeutic practice!
Yoga Practice for Energizing
This practice is to accomplish a few things:
1 - Demonstrate how to incorporate a number of elements in a practice beyond asana in a short amount of time.
2 - Have a practice is built around a specific purpose.
3 - Give an idea about what a therapeutic practice can look like.
What do I mean by therapeutic? A practice that is set up to achieve a positive benefit in mind and body. We incorporate more elements than asana to achieve this goal.
When it comes to yoga therapy, our purpose would typically be to create a healing response when a person is suffering from a specific condition. So this is still a general practice. Yoga Therapy practices are customized to the individual in need.
Yoga for Anger
This is a practice that can be used to help manage difficult heat building emotions such as anger. Feeling anger from time to time is normal of course. However, if we find ourselves in a cycle where the anger feels unmanageable, is consistent and is causing a lot of disruptions to our daily lives, its important to address this. Yoga offers us a number of tools that can help manage anger and related feelings such as frustration, aggressiveness, hatred and so on. The goal of this practice is to build some heat in the center of the body, feel into it, and then gently release it by slowing down using floor poses, breathwork, chanting, affirmation and ending with a five minute savasana. This is a 30 minute practice so pretty efficient!
Yoga for Grounding
If you have feelings of being off-center, or mind all over the place, you are not alone. This is a common complaint, and in its extreme form can manifest as anxiety. I know this first hand! This is a practice that means to help re-establish a feeling of being grounded and reentered. It involves a short flow on the floor, breathwork and a short sound practice - finishing with an affirmation, "I am safe, grounded and centered in my being".
More practices coming soon!