Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

Is it the breath or the meditation?

By Luciano Bernardi and Nicolò Francesco Bernardi Yoga helps us discover the golden thread that connects the apparently separate dimensions of our lives—exercise, relaxation, nutrition, respiration, meditation, spiritual development...The strength of these links in...

Why is yoga therapy at the Cleveland Clinic?

By Judi Bar Before I answer why yoga therapy is at the Cleveland Clinic, I need to tell you why it’s in my own life: At the age of 45, I was diagnosed with a chronic back condition and told that my prognosis was bleak. Doctors said I’d be in a wheelchair for the rest...

Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation

BOOK REVIEW: Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation, by Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT Review by Molly McManus Once again, Judith Hanson Lasater has provided an inspired and detailed resource for Restorative Yoga. This new book updates her 1993 Relax and...

Breath as a healing tool: How a yoga therapist might use pranayama

By J. J. Gormley Pranayama, or breathwork, may seem really strange to beginning yogis, but it’s such a powerful tool—one of the key practices in yoga therapy, in fact—that it’s well worth exploring. Although yoga therapists take years of training to help them guide...

How does yoga therapy differ from physical therapy?

By Lori Rubenstein Fazzio Over the past 50 years, medicine has been shifting from a biomedical approach—one that focuses primarily on treatments to address physical causes of illness and pain—to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model that acknowledges the emotional,...

Combating adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and building resilience

By Shelley Goldman In light of increasing awareness around trauma and resilience, a groundbreaking study from 1998 is getting renewed attention. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, conducted research on adverse childhood...

Creating Pelvic Floor Health

VIDEO REVIEW: Creating Pelvic Floor Health, with Shelly Prosko Review by Tianna Meriage-Reiter I’ve experienced pelvic and back pain, along with continence and digestive issues that previously would have left me frustrated and seeking multiple healthcare providers....

Yoga therapy finding a place in U.S. military healthcare

By Lynne Valdes You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) has been at the forefront of integrating complementary modalities into patient treatment. In fact, the VA has an office dedicated to implementing integrative health initiatives...