Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

How yoga therapists work: Multiple modalities build a practice

How yoga therapists work: Multiple modalities build a practice

By Ainka J. Fulani I was initially drawn to movement for fun and to cope with my own sports injuries, then later to manage stress and heighten self-awareness. As I’ve studied and practiced, I naturally wanted to help others find wellness. I have training in multiple...

Who are yoga therapists?

Who are yoga therapists?

Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, IAYT-certified yoga therapists specifically apply yoga tools to address an individual‘s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Yoga therapy is care for the whole person, not just the physical body! Practices...

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,...