What is Yoga Therapy?
Classical Yoga Therapy focuses on yogic concepts that are rooted in the Viniyoga lineage as derived from the modern teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. This system of healing takes a highly personalized approach to healing the body, mind, and expanding the consciousness.
The Classical Yoga Therapy method is used to create a practice that is tailored to the individual, rather than tailoring the individual to fit the practice. In this way, I meet you where you are, right now, and assist you in creating change toward balance and healing in the physical, mental, and emotional bodies.
Techniques used in this practice may include movement, breathing, sound, visualization, diet, and lifestyle changes. Through this process, you will be in possession of a practice that is specifically yours - allowing you to discover more subtle realms of the Self. No experience or background in yoga or meditation is required to benefit from this healing modality.
What is Slow Yoga?
I first heard the term Slow Yoga in the J. Brown Yoga Talks podcast. It draws a line between the more vigorous vinyasa sequences we've come to expect from group practices and slower, breath-centered practices in the Viniyoga tradition. Can Slow Yoga still challenge the body? Oh, yes. Try moving very slowly through a deep lunge as you raise your arms and inhale.
Be the Breath, Move the Body
The word "Yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means "to yoke" or "to join". Modern group-style yoga classes often ignore the breath when flowing through sequences. These classes can be a great way to keep your body healthy, but misses an important link.
The Viniyoga tradition uses slow, breath-linked āsana (movement) to prepare for prānāyāma (yogic breath work), and meditation. A Viniyoga practice is a progressive experience to bring the mental faculties under conscious control and change your state of being. The āsana-prānāyāma-meditation progression allows us to shift our attention from the outer world (gross objects) to our inner world (subtle objects). In other words, we de-link from our external perceptions and senses, and intentionally link our perceptions to more subtle realms.