Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

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...

The heart of the matter: One way yoga supports resilience

The heart of the matter: One way yoga supports resilience

We can measure countless processes in our bodies to get a picture of our overall health. Heart rate variability (HRV), the very small fluctuations in the time between heartbeats, is one window on overall health—and on stress and disease. Yoga has been shown to...

Raising awareness for World Mental Health Day

Raising awareness for World Mental Health Day

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) designates October 10 as World Mental Health Day. In honor of efforts like these to raise awareness, promote access to care, and de-stigmatize issues around mental health we've put together a quick overview of yoga...

How yoga therapists work: Somatics and yoga

How yoga therapists work: Somatics and yoga

By Carrie Meyer Yoga therapy is mind-body medicine with a basic—if not always simple—understanding at its heart: True healing encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. SomaYoga, which is the style I practice, blends somatics (Thomas Hanna’s system of neuromuscular...

Back off! Yoga therapy and scoliosis: Part 2

Back off! Yoga therapy and scoliosis: Part 2

By Gabriella Barnstone During a class I was teaching on scoliosis, one of the students—a vital, stylish woman in her 80s—mentioned that her friend was constantly pestering her about her posture. “Tell her to back off!” I said. Let me explain. This woman was in...

A key to aging gracefully?

A key to aging gracefully?

Two IAYT-certified yoga therapists, Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson, have just published a paper in the medical journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation detailing the elements of safe yoga practice for seniors. They write that more than a third of the people who...