Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

How yoga therapists work: Supporting hospice volunteers

How yoga therapists work: Supporting hospice volunteers

By Joanne Hader In 2023 I received a grant from the Seniors’ Secretariat in Prince Edward Island (PEI) to share an 8-week yoga for self-care program for hospice volunteers like myself. In working through the details of offering such a program, I knew I wanted to share...

Keys to healing trauma

Keys to healing trauma

Yoga therapists understand that trauma is stored in the body and that healing trauma therefore necessitates working with the body, especially the nervous system. Yoga therapy uniquely supports the development of somatic awareness—that is, awareness of our physical...

How yoga therapists work: A practice for new mothers

How yoga therapists work: A practice for new mothers

By Julia Romano A central tenet of yoga therapy as I share it is that awareness is healing in and of itself.  New mothers, who make up the majority of my client work, often come to me feeling stuck in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, rage, disappointment,...

Yoga for peacebuilding

Yoga for peacebuilding

Innovative researchers studied the relationship between practicing yoga and violence in a public housing community. Can practicing yoga change how violent societies are? A few years ago, an innovative study published in IAYT’s International Journal of Yoga Therapy...

The wisdom of letting go

The wisdom of letting go

Yoga teaches us over and over, in many different ways, to let go. For example, yoga postures can release tension from our muscles, breathing practices can help us to calm our emotions, and meditation can shine a light on...

“Triggering” joy

“Triggering” joy

The term triggering has been widely used in recent years, partly because of our increasing understanding of how our nervous systems and bodies work with our psychology. According to Dennis Pelon, PhD, a clinical psychologist and IAYT-certified yoga therapist who...

The spiritual part of us

The spiritual part of us

Yoga, often seen as supporting mental and physical health, is perhaps the best practice for delivering a spiritual dimension to health care. And a number of studies link spirituality to better health outcomes. According to the Harvard School of Public Health,...

How yoga therapists work: Integrative cancer care for children

How yoga therapists work: Integrative cancer care for children

By Tonia Kulp Yoga therapy is fully integrated into the care model at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where I work. As a yoga therapist in the integrative oncology program, I am able to follow a child from diagnosis, through treatment, survivorship, and...

How yoga therapists work: Balancing in-person and online offerings

How yoga therapists work: Balancing in-person and online offerings

By Erin Ehlers For 14 years, I owned a small yoga studio and cultivated my yoga therapy business from my long-term presence in my community. I taught small-group yoga therapy sessions and had lots of ability to see clients one-to-one. I also offered massage therapy...