FAQs and General Information
What are the benefits of yoga?
- Stress Reduction
- Improved Circulation
- Improved Posture
- Improved Digestion
- Improved Flexibility
- Strength of Muscle and Bone
- Enhanced Concentration Improved Sleep
- Pain Management
- Increased Lung Capacity
- Improved Balance
- Increased Energy
- Weight Control
- Overall Sense of Well Being
What is proper yoga etiquette?
- Bring your own mat to class
- Come to class on time
- Inform teacher of health issues before each class
- Drink plenty of water before class
- Eat lightly if you must eat
- Refrain from perfumes/colognes
- Leave shoes outside the class
- Turn cell phones/pagers off
- Help put props away neatly
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is the yoga of will, the physical aspect of yoga. In hatha based practice, movement is associated with breath - certain movements are performed on an inhale and others an exhale. Attention to breath both in active and restorative poses, as well as using a variety of Pranayamas (breathing exercises designed to build resilience in the body, specifically the cardio-respiratory system), all aid in building lung capacity and integrating body, mind, and spirit.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga, founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, has its roots in Hatha yoga. Iyengar Yoga is alignment oriented so that each person learns how to practice safely to suit their individual needs and to ensure progress. Muscles and joints are not overused because all parts of the body, as well as the mind, are safely recruited for each pose. Each comprehensive yoga practice session includes the use of props to adapt poses to each individual and to teach awareness, inversion(s) both passive and active, and restorative poses, to allow a balance between work and rest.
What is Yoga Therapy?
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOGA THERAPISTS
July 1, 2012
Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists
Definition of Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and
practices of yoga.
Yoga is a scientific system of self-investiga- tion, self-transformation, and self-realiza- tion that originated in India.The teachings of yoga are rooted in the Vedas and grounded in classical texts and a rich oral tradition.This tra- dition recognizes that the human being’s essen- tial nature is unchanging awareness that exists in relationship to and identification with the changing phenomena of the empirical world.
The yoga tradition views humans as a multidi- mensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath; and mind, intellect, and emotions and their mutual interaction.Yoga is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions, which are distinct from an individual’s unchanging nature or spirit.The practices of yoga tradition- ally include, but are not limited to, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, mudra, ritual, and a disciplined lifestyle.
Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of these teachings and practices in a therapeutic context in order to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client/student’s energy in the direc- tion of desired goals.The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving func- tion; helping to prevent the occurrence or re- occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing. Yoga therapy also helps clients/students change their relationship to and identification with their condition.
The practice of yoga therapy requires special- ized training and skill development to support the relationship between the client/student and therapist and to effect positive change for the individual.
Yoga therapy is informed by its sister science, Ayurveda.As part of a living tradition, yoga ther- apy continues to evolve and adapt to the cul- tural context in which it is practiced, and today, it is also informed by contemporary health sci- ences. Its efficacy is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.