Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

A peek inside the profession

A peek inside the profession

The yogatherapy.health blog is geared toward yoga therapy clients, the healthcare providers who recommend the practices to their patients, and those who might simply be curious. But we know that yoga teachers visit, too, so next week's post will feature a bit about...

An  individualized mind-body package for mental health

An individualized mind-body package for mental health

As psychologist Michael de Manincor, PhD, explains in this video (he starts at around minute 2), four of the main components of yogic practice are working with the physical body (through asana); breath (through pranayama); mind (through practices including meditation,...

An experience of yoga therapy with MS

An experience of yoga therapy with MS

By Michael Kuang As in so many conditions, the progressive degenerative disease multiple sclerosis (MS) shows up differently in each individual case, partly because it can affect different areas of the body. MS is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the...

Managing compassion fatigue with yoga: Take care of yourself!

Managing compassion fatigue with yoga: Take care of yourself!

By Smitha Mallaiah I work in a cancer hospital, supporting both patients with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers with therapeutic yoga practices. I’ve seen lots of people—including healthcare professionals—go through extremely rough times. The symptoms...

Brain-boosting exercise that meets you where you are

Brain-boosting exercise that meets you where you are

As the yogatherapy.health blog regularly describes, yoga's practices are not confined to the physical work of postures (asana)—in fact, asana is just the beginning of the yoga journey. Using a variety of methods, yoga and yoga therapy address the whole human being,...

The benefits of yoga therapy for eating disorder recovery

The benefits of yoga therapy for eating disorder recovery

By Jennifer Kreatsoulas Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses caused by a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors, and they affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. According to...

The power of connection

The power of connection

"[G]roup support is one of four key components of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. The other three components are diet, exercise, and stress management." Yoga is the "stress management" component of the Ornish Program, but yoga and yoga therapy...

Life skills training with yoga in schools

Life skills training with yoga in schools

Researchers believe that improved self-regulation is one of the reasons people experience a wide range of health and well-being benefits from yogic practices. Children need to learn these skills, too, as part of growing up and to help manage behavioral health issues....

Giving thanks

Giving thanks

This season is an opportune time to pause and be grateful, whether it's for friends, family, shelter, or some other facet of our lives. Tempted to write off gratitude journaling, meditation, and purposefully counting your blessings as new-age hooey? Reconsider: The...

Yoga and integrative medicine

Yoga and integrative medicine

Holistic medicine, alternative medicine, complementary health...What these fields encompass has shifted over time along with the terms used to describe them. Today, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) favor "complementary and integrative health," which...