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Yoga therapy and mental health

Yoga therapy and mental health

May is mental health awareness month, a designation made by Mental Health America starting back in 1949. Read on for a selection of yogatherapy.health posts about how yoga therapy can support mental health and well-being.  We begin with an explanation of the...

How yoga therapists work: Yoga and ergonomics in the workplace

How yoga therapists work: Yoga and ergonomics in the workplace

By Caitlin Parsons My work as a yoga therapist started because I was seeking relief for my own chronic pain and injuries related to my career as a dental hygienist. I began teaching general yoga classes with a therapeutic twist, eventually offering weekly healthy back...

Yoga therapy and healing with brain cancer

Yoga therapy and healing with brain cancer

By Bren Ohta At the peak of a fulfilling career, my seemingly normal world fell into chaos initiated by a devastating cancer diagnosis and its aftermath. I turned to yoga to put myself back together in a new way. At first, I needed much rest and it was difficult for...

How might yoga therapy promote neurogenesis?

How might yoga therapy promote neurogenesis?

By Evi Dimitriadou Neurogenesis is the formation of new brain cells (neurons), an important process that continues throughout our entire lives and is part of the maintenance of our central nervous systems. Although it might sound unbelievable, we can influence this...

IAYT supports yoga research

IAYT supports yoga research

For more than 30 years, the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has been committed to supporting research, a crucial component of establishing the field of professional yoga therapy. The organization is pleased to be a stakeholder in new research with...

Creating space in our lives: Podcast with a yoga therapist

Creating space in our lives: Podcast with a yoga therapist

In this hour-long podcast, IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist and IAYT Editorial Director Laurie Hyland Robertson discusses yoga as a system, a technology, and a roadmap for how to live your life. She says that many people come to yoga for the physical element of...

Yoga heals with meaning and inspiration

Yoga heals with meaning and inspiration

By Stacey Reynolds I met Bill 22 years ago as a student in my yoga class. The class was at a church, and Bill attended primarily to please his mother-in-law. All these years later Bill has not only become a dear friend, but also a yoga teacher. Although Bill’s...

How ritual can contribute to healing

How ritual can contribute to healing

By Molly Goforth The spiritual aspect of yoga therapy is unique among complementary therapies, and I have found in working with clients that it is important to its effectiveness. The novelist Andre Aciman said, “Rituals are how we step into our private field of...

How yoga therapy works: Part 3—Increasing awareness

How yoga therapy works: Part 3—Increasing awareness

A foundational principle of yoga is that by becoming more self-aware we will heal, realize our essential wholeness, and live in ways that support that wholeness. Yoga therapy is a process for this transformation, and it starts with learning to pay attention in...

Box breathing—Or boxed in?

Box breathing—Or boxed in?

With the internet—and particularly social media—any idea can become a trend in days or even hours. Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about a yoga technique called box breathing or square breath (which yogis know as sama vritti pranayama). Box breathing, according to...