Blog: What’s Happening in Yoga Therapy

A case of yoga therapy for respiratory issues—and more

A case of yoga therapy for respiratory issues—and more

By Roshini Ranjit Deepa,* a software consultant in her mid-20s, had been suffering from wheezing and breathlessness while climbing the stairs for more than a year. She also had a runny nose, “heaviness” of the head, bouts of sneezing soon after waking up in the...

Take a yogic break!

Take a yogic break!

Pause and connect to stillness in this 5-minute guided meditation with IAYT-certified yoga therapist Jennie Lee. This short practice encourages the release of tension in the body through connection to the breath's natural rhythms. "You are not the sensations that rise...

The healing aspects of yoga therapy for Lyme disease

The healing aspects of yoga therapy for Lyme disease

By Elaine Oyang Brittany* is a cheerful, attractive woman in her late 20s with thoughtfully curled blond hair tinged fairy-tale pink. From the outside, she looks like any other 20-something: radiant, with a full life ahead of her. However, her story has been altered...

Remotely delivered yoga therapy to ease pain

Remotely delivered yoga therapy to ease pain

By Patience Kaltenbach A lack of mobility is often a barrier to receiving healthcare. Decreased mobility may be caused by aging, injury, or chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Especially when accompanied by pain and fatigue, a decrease in mobility may make it...

Breath control for pain control

Breath control for pain control

Pranayama, or yogic breathing exercise, is a tool for working with the energies of the body-mind-spirit. As described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other historical texts, pranayama is part of a method for progressively balancing and transforming the human system....

Self-directed help for mental health

Self-directed help for mental health

In this quick video, hear from psychiatrist Gregory Scott Brown on some of the recent research into yoga's therapeutic potential in mental health. As Dr. Brown says, "patients are actively looking for ways to take control of their health, and there's some...

Surviving or thriving? Yoga therapy and the cancer journey

Surviving or thriving? Yoga therapy and the cancer journey

By Robyn Tiger As a physician, I spent many years in diagnostic radiology. My job was to help clinicians identify what was causing their patients’ symptoms, and unfortunately we sometimes discovered cancer. Although patients were incredibly grateful that I had “saved...

Want to be a yoga therapist?

Want to be a yoga therapist?

By Ann Swanson So you think you might like to become a yoga therapist? Great! The world needs more professionals who have effective ways of addressing suffering, including from the chronic conditions and lifestyle concerns that Western medicine can’t always fully...

A peek inside the profession

A peek inside the profession

The yogatherapy.health blog is geared toward yoga therapy clients, the healthcare providers who recommend the practices to their patients, and those who might simply be curious. But we know that yoga teachers visit, too, so next week's post will feature a bit about...

An  individualized mind-body package for mental health

An individualized mind-body package for mental health

As psychologist Michael de Manincor, PhD, explains in this video (he starts at around minute 2), four of the main components of yogic practice are working with the physical body (through asana); breath (through pranayama); mind (through practices including meditation,...