Foundations Program Graduate
IT Professional, Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist
Location: Matthews, North Carolina
Maude is inspired to work with people struggling with issues around mobility restriction, breath restriction, pain, and conditions as a result of diabetes or heart disease.
“Since starting the program, personally, I have become far more patient when it comes to letting the conversations in my mind in… and out. Also, the pace of which I am speaking seems to be more tapered and tempered. I am ok with taking my time both listening and being heard. The wealth of knowledge I gained from this course, oh my God! Unquantifiable. This course validated, even more, my wanting to become a Yoga Therapist one hundred percent.
As for my clients, they have been… happier. Quicker to forgive themselves. They now thirst for more knowledge outside of our sessions and conversations. I can say they are more empowered to want to heal themselves, to pursue that avenue first, then seek extra help when they feel it is needed. I think my clients have had more respect for yoga as a HEALING practice as opposed to a physical experience. They appreciate the holistic view, working from the outside in, without taking short cuts.
Before I enrolled in the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program, I was lost. I couldn’t seem to figure out what my best next step would be. I knew I loved teaching large groups but the person-to-person conversations were more rewarding to me. They were more helpful in affirming whether or not I knew what I was talking about. I didn’t quite know the name of the profession and then it hit me; yoga therapy.
What set the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Program apart, was that it was the only program I could find that allowed me the flexibility that I needed, given that I have a full-time job and travel a lot. Other programs were too far, too expensive, or I didn’t have a good rapport with the instructor/school over the phone or email.
A recent case study success story that I am especially proud of is about a woman that approached me who was very specific about what she wanted to address-anxiety, her attention deficit, as well as her (lack of) compassion towards her ex-husband. I started with breathing exercises for her because she was a very narrow breather on her own, but once guided, she slowed down, tuned everything out (sometimes including me) and appreciated her space. What was so great about Renee was that she did every single thing to the T. She was such a compliant student that even when we started adding some stuff on like Vata balancing practice, Yoga Nidra, and different kinds of meditation, she treated these practices like medicine and my words as a prescription. Her changes and shifts with anxiety and attention issues were very noticeable after 6 sessions. She also had some traumatic experiences with a few deaths in the family and her bitter divorce. In the end, the compassion she wanted to have for her ex-husband had slowly built up and she was able to utter forgiving and loving words his way. It was so cathartic!
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 […]
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 […]
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.