Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

A good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep

People who suffer from insomnia struggle with sleep—and with the anxiety and fear cycle that can perpetuate the trouble of getting enough quality rest. Stress is a prime reason for insomnia, and as sufferer and IAYT-certified yoga therapist Charley Hickey says, “I...

Cardio connections

Cardio connections

What touches our hearts—and how and why we love—at times seems mysterious. Research, however, is helping us to understand more clearly how to take care of our cardiac health. “It has become increasingly evident that interrelationships—between different body organs and...

How yoga therapists work: Research, practice, and bridge building

How yoga therapists work: Research, practice, and bridge building

By Smitha Mallaiah When I arrived in the United States, I was astonished to find that yoga is perceived as a very physical practice, often stripped of its philosophical, spiritual, and cultural roots. I am a yoga therapist, educator, researcher, and, above all, a...

Can yoga make you smarter?

Can yoga make you smarter?

Many people think of yoga as an activity that helps them become more flexible in their bodies. More recently, yoga practices have been associated with the health benefits of stress reduction, especially as we learn how chronic stress contributes to physical and mental...

How yoga therapists work: From physical therapist to yoga therapist

How yoga therapists work: From physical therapist to yoga therapist

This post, part of our “how yoga therapists work” series, is about how a physical therapist (PT) and current yoga therapy student recognized yoga’s healing potential and became determined to share it with others. By Jayme Nagle I began yoga through asana, or physical,...

Ring in the new year with sound yoga

Ring in the new year with sound yoga

Sound has been used therapeutically in both complementary and allopathic medicine for many years. For example, ultrasound technology, which is inaudible, is ubiquitous in Western healthcare. Many yoga therapists are trained in other types of sound therapies, often...

Whole, spacious, balanced: The nuts and bolts of yoga therapy

Whole, spacious, balanced: The nuts and bolts of yoga therapy

Yoga therapy is whole-person care, which is, in general, a different approach than Western medicine takes. As the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) works to advance yoga therapy as an option in a healthcare system that approaches care as pieces or...

Time for new habits? Rewire with yoga!

Time for new habits? Rewire with yoga!

Today marks the solstice, a turning point in the amount of sunlight that reaches us. The solstice signifies a moment of change, which might be why we take stock of our lives and often set goals for change at this time of year. Behavioral change is a multifaceted...

A new gold standard for the treatment of PTSD?

A new gold standard for the treatment of PTSD?

By Karen Schwartz Our understanding of trauma has developed—and changed—significantly in the past 20 years, and so has our understanding of how to help people suffering from trauma. The concept of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was first included in the...

A house of peace

A house of peace

By Gina M. Barrett In response to the ongoing immigration crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico, I founded Casa de Paz SLV in January 2019. This organization—“House of Peace” in English—has now served more than 2,000 asylum seekers, refugees, and...