Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

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...

“Yoga saves lives, there’s no question in my mind.”

“Yoga saves lives, there’s no question in my mind.”

The effects of war, on those who survive it, can be horrific. In recent years we have learned a lot about trauma, and especially about how this condition deeply affects the integrated mind, body, and spirit. Yoga therapy has emerged as a unique support for trauma,...

An attitude of gratitude

An attitude of gratitude

As the end-of-year holidays approach, many of us take stock. We’d like to encourage this reflection to include a perspective of gratitude. Gratitude is a recognition of goodness, the understanding that the sources of goodness are greater than oneself, and the choice...

The sweet surrender of savasana

The sweet surrender of savasana

By Ann Grace MacMullan In our yoga asana practice, we save one pose for the end of every session: savasana, or corpse pose. Lying still and resting, often on our backs, our teachers encourage us to let go and practice the art of surrender.  Honestly, when I first...

Full-spectrum care: Yoga therapy in gynecological oncology

Full-spectrum care: Yoga therapy in gynecological oncology

By Lois Ramondetta I’m a gynecological oncologist. Doctors in this specialty have long-lasting relationships with patients, and although many are cured, those who arrive in my practice with advanced disease will often be with me from diagnosis until death. My place of...

The wisdom of warm soup

The wisdom of warm soup

Do you ever want to stay snuggled in your warm bed or hunkered down by a fire on cold, rainy days? Do bright, sunny days inspire you to get outside? Of course the weather and our environment affect how we feel and act. According to ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical...