Foundations Program Graduate
Retired Nurse Practitioner & Yoga Therapist
Location: Lincoln, NE
Lu Ann is an adaptive yoga teacher who integrates Yoga Therapy one on one with clients in private practice.
“I had been teaching adaptive yoga classes and working one-on-one with clients dealing with various health issues for 18 years, yet I never felt I was truly meeting the yogic needs of my private students from a therapeutic sense. I attended workshops and conferences to deepen my knowledge. I had explored countless options for learning over five years. Ultimately, I gave up. To my knowledge, there was no program that would fit my needs. Six months later, I received a notice about the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program. It was exactly what I had been looking for.
My decision to enroll in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy program had a lot to do with the fact that its basis is founded in the very philosophy of yogic science. Using the koshas as a framework to understand a client’s suffering provides the perfect approach to creating a holistic therapy plan. My basic and secondary programs were very heavily weighted in the yogic texts, so I was familiar with the importance of practicing in an altruistic way – offering the essence of yoga in therapy. By profession, I am a nurse practitioner so I felt I had an understanding of most common disorders.
Accessibility and convenience were a priority. During the time I was enrolled it was not realistic for me to travel, so the remote option was just perfect. I was very pleased with how the retreats flowed and I always felt connected to the larger whole. I had to have a hip replaced during that time frame and I was unsure if I would be able to stay on course. I have a very busy life and am an active person, so sitting to study was a challenge I had to really consider. All in all, the program fit my busy schedule. The format is so friendly with the yoga content being true to the philosophy and text of yoga while also very realistic and applicable to my practice with clients. I am considering attending some of the future retreats, to connect with classmates and develop an even greater understanding of the yogic approach in therapy.
Since enrolling in the program, everything has changed. I see my clients differently and assess them more holistically. Thanks to my BDYT training, I feel more confident in a yogic approach when offering a therapeutic treatment plan. My clients are more engaged in their outcomes because they practice on their own and work with me on changes or progress.”
Most of us western yoga teachers have a similar path that looks something like this: We realize we are suffering (from an illness, anxiety, watching family age poorly, etc.) We find yoga and it helps us We want to share this amazing helpful thing called yoga with others We see our local studio has a […]
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Listen in as Brandt discusses how a Yoga Therapist might work with a client who has already been to physical therapy, as well as some of the different approaches between the two therapies.