Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

Healing the causes of suffering

Healing the causes of suffering

By Annie Jones Offerings like “Yoga for Back Pain” and “Yoga for Stress Relief” are common, and seemingly increasing every day. But the truth is that no one set of tools or approach works to resolve any diagnosis or problem. Yoga therapy works best when it is...

The power of yoga therapy—Try it for yourself!

The power of yoga therapy—Try it for yourself!

Watch Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT, explain how yoga therapy can support wellness regardless of physical condition—and even in the face of significant health challenges. As one client said, "I realized, 'This is my life. It isn't what everyone has to deal with, but...

Restorative yoga to support healing from race-based stress

Restorative yoga to support healing from race-based stress

yogatherapy.health recently talked with Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, about ideas from her book Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma. Restorative Yoga emphasizes the deliberate practice of mindful rest, something with which many in the West have...

Help for teens with scoliosis: The yoga therapy approach

Help for teens with scoliosis: The yoga therapy approach

By Rachel Krentzman Affecting 4 out of 100 teenagers, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form of scoliosis. Idiopathic means we don’t know exactly why the curves happened, and often this diagnosis takes parents and adolescents by surprise—they...

Yoga therapy toys

Yoga therapy toys

By Kelly A. Hurley  A  therapeutic yoga practice really only requires the intention to show up. No fancy equipment or special yoga clothing required! That said, your yoga therapist might show up with a few surprises from their yoga therapy toy box... As an integrative...

Practice DOESN’T make perfect: The pain of perfectionism

Practice DOESN’T make perfect: The pain of perfectionism

By Caroline McCarter As a yoga therapist, I’ve worked with many clients who suffer from an overbearing perfectionistic voice that makes them falsely believe they can’t take charge of their own well-being. I’ve heard them say, “I don’t trust myself to do it correctly...

A therapeutic yoga technique for Alzheimer’s disease

A therapeutic yoga technique for Alzheimer’s disease

By Dharma Singh Khalsa Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss and impaired cognition, a decline in ability to perform activities of daily living, and changes in personality and behavior. The increasing severity of...

Seva, or selfless service, in yoga therapy

Seva, or selfless service, in yoga therapy

Meet the 2020 finalists for IAYT’s Seva Award Seva (selfless service) is recognized in yogic traditions as a key to personal and spiritual transformation. As an act performed without any expectation of reward (or results), seva can profoundly change the person...