Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras…

By Annette Watson If you're not familiar with the Yoga Sutras, this Sanskrit text is believed to have been written more than 2,000 years ago by the sage Patanjali, who collected 196 short verses that could be learned and lived. Sutra translates as “thread” or...

Meaning-making with mantra

Mantra—put simply, a sound we've imbued with meaning—is one among many possible elements of a yoga practice. A mantra can be repeated aloud or silently. The scholar Georg Feuerstein describes mantra as follows: "The word mantra is derived from the Sanskrit root 'man,'...

Yoga as a complementary therapy for stroke

Even with conditions as serious as stroke and brain injury, yoga therapy can be a helpful complement to regular medical care when practiced under the guidance of a qualified yoga therapist (start your search here). As an example, the Yoga for Stroke program provides...

Yoga therapy helps PTs address all aspects of patients’ pain

  In a first for both professions, physical therapists and yoga therapists Neil Pearson, Diana Perez, and Shelly Prosko presented a session on integrating the two fields in practice at Congress 2018 of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). The group also...

Get some (yogic) sleep!

Yoga nidra, or "yogic sleep," is one tool your yoga therapist might recommend to help with restlessness, repatterning of unhelpful thought habits, insomnia, and more. That might sound a little...esoteric, but this type of guided meditation practice is readily...

A Journey into Yin Yoga

BOOK REVIEW: A Journey into Yin Yoga, by Travis Eliot Review by Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner This new addition to the Yin Yoga literature is a well-designed manual for approaching this quiet practice—a possible antidote to our fast-paced, yang-oriented lives (and usual...

Life reimagined: Yoga therapy for amputees

By Marsha T. Danzig Yoga philosophy views every student as whole and complete. A well-designed yoga practice is a specific invitation to re-remember our essential wholeness, regardless of the physical body’s form. Amputees deal with unique challenges—phantom pain,...

A clinical psychologist shares how yoga might help your marriage

By Morton Kissen Marriage is difficult, and my yoga practice has turned out to be a different kind of therapy I’ve taught an Adelphi University class in couples psychology for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to review much of the research on this topic. The...

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...