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IAYT Accreditation Announcement

We are excited to announce that our Advanced Yoga Therapy program is now accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)! We are very proud to be a part of the first wave of schools offering this gold standard of certifications.

As a graduate of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy 875-Hour Advanced Yoga Therapy Program, students will be awarded the highest standard of yoga therapy certifications, 

If you are considering our Advanced Program and are seeking the C-IAYT designation, 
apply today


Yoga Linked To Less Insomnia In Menopausal Women

I just read a news story that caught my eye.

“Taking a 12-week yoga class and practicing at home was linked to less insomnia—but not to fewer or less bothersome hot flashes or night sweats.”

Sounds good right?
Later in the article:

“Exercise seemed linked to slightly improved sleep and less insomnia and depression, and yoga also was linked to better sleep quality and less depression—but these effects were not statistically significant.”

So which is it???

The article also in no way details what this yoga practice might be. Which I find odd – since their are so many possibilities. Fast vinyasa –  restorative poses – pranayama. Who knows what they were doing.

I’ve seen first hand the benefits of doing a practice which combines some restorative poses and breath work for women experiencing insomnia in menopause. I’ve also taught a combination of pranayama and chanting with similar results. And a few other times I’ve taught more intense asana combined with extended yoga nidra with good results. The practices given depends on the constitution of the person.

My hope is, that as more and more coverage is given to yoga therapeutics in the media – it will be balanced with more information about how yoga therapy actually works. That it isn’t a “one size fits all” prescription. And that, just like all healing modalities, practitioners have many options when working with a client.

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is a relatively new method of healing born out of an ancient tradition.

Yoga has been around for over 1,000 years. The idea of using yoga in a therapeutic context has been credited to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya who died in 1981 at the age of 100.

We can think of yoga therapy the same way we might think of other healing systems such as Chinese medicine. We have a system that helps us identify various imbalances in a person and then we offer techniques to bring those aspects into balance. A Yoga Therapist uses various techniques to help a person find balance and heal such as movement (asana), breath work (pranayama), chanting, philosophy or point of view, and meditation to name a few.

What makes a Yoga Therapist different than a yoga teacher?

A yoga teacher is trained to guide students through classes and sequences to better their health and wellbeing in a general way. A Yoga Therapist has been trained to work with the system of yoga to treat specific conditions. Some examples may include physical pain (back pain, shoulder injuries), anxiety disorders, cancer support, PTSD, insomnia, depression, autoimmune diseases, addiction, obesity, the list goes on. Yoga therapy can act as a useful adjunct to the western medical model or as a stand-alone therapy depending on the condition and/or the skill and experience of the Yoga Therapist. Click here for more differences between a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher.

What happens at a yoga therapy session?

Yoga therapy sessions are done in a private setting. Typically a Yoga Therapist will do a thorough intake in order to get to know you and your concerns. Depending on the nature of your issue there may be a physical evaluation as well. Once the Yoga Therapist has decided on a course of action they will begin the process of teaching you practices to help with your condition. The relationship between Yoga Therapist and client is an important one. Usually, you will be given practices to work on and will have follow up appointments to making sure things are improving for you.

Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapists are trained to work with a wide variety of conditions using a model that can easily integrate other healing modalities. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help you on your road to health and peace.

Click here to learn more about how to become a Yoga Therapist.

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