Yoga Therapy on Colorado Post-Polio Conference Agenda

Yoga Therapy on Colorado Post-Polio Conference Agenda

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, support of mental well-being and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized specifically to work with a client’s condition. On September 9th, NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness founder, Nancy Levenson will be guiding a Taking Care of Your Body breakout session during the Colorado Post-Polio Conference. This session aims to inform participants about expectations and invite them to explore an enchanting experiential journey through body and breath.

The Colorado Post-Polio Conference focus is on the practical aspects of keeping polio survivors active, safe and involved in their world.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mile Hi Church Community Center
9077 W. Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226
For more information visit their site

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We are a private sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch that offers specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats.

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga therapy differs from what most Westerners have experienced as yoga classes.  Yoga therapy is yoga with healing at its focus.  With its roots dating back thousands of years, yoga therapy is now finding its way as a primary vehicle for optimal wellness for individuals and has become an adjunct to modern medicine.  But, a big gap exists in the health care field – a physician’s ability to refer patients to yoga and yoga therapy.

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized to each patient.  When practiced correctly for the condition, yoga can have tremendous effects on a patient’s overall wellness.  But, understanding the value of referring a patient to yoga therapy versus general yoga is as important as choosing between two pharmaceutical drugs.  Today most doctors are not equipped with the necessary background or knowledge to know the difference between the growing plethora of yoga practices offered in the marketplace.

Should physicians know how to refer the right yoga to the right patient for the right condition? Well consider this.  I sat across from a neurological doctor on a flight from Denver to Hawaii and found out that he worked in my neighborhood at a prominent healthcare facility.  After some polite and friendly conversation, I asked him if he referred his patients to yoga.  “Oh yes, I think yoga is good for everyone,” he quipped.  I then asked him what type of yoga he recommends his patients experience?  He looked at me perplexed and not sure if this was a trick question or not, then simply replied, “you know the one down the street.”  I shared with him that the one down the street was contraindicated for most of his patients, did he know that?  His interest peaked and we delved into a deeper discussion on the difference between styles, a yoga instructor versus a certified yoga therapist and the benefits of referring patients.  All of this left me wondering, how do we educate our physicians to refer yoga or yoga therapy?  In general, one style of yoga is not better or worse than the other, but when it relates to a healthcare condition, it could be contraindicated and cause the patient to suffer because of an uninformed choice.   What about your own physician, do they know what Yoga Therapy RX to write for you?

Nancy Levenson, founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC in Highlands Ranch is an advocate for helping physicians understand how to prescribe yoga to patients.  If you are interested in having her visit your office and provide your team with more knowledge of this growing field, she can be reached at 303.725.1434.

Nancy carries a Professional Yoga Therapist certification, is an experienced registered Yoga Alliance instructor and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Nancy has worked one-on-one with hundreds of clients, sometimes partnering with their physicians to guide optimal health.  She specializes in nervous system, respiratory and digestive disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression management.  She is also the Program Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy’s foundational training program, training students every year from the yoga, medical and other healing professions on the value of yoga as a healing art and therapeutic yoga. You can learn more about her and her practice at

The 5 Pranavayus – Opening to Lightness and Joy – June 8

One Evening ONLY
Wednesday June 8, 2011
5:30-7:30 pm, $19 

Discover the exhilarating joy of mastering your internal winds (the breath/prana) to provide vitality to your body, breath and mind.  If you desire to enhance your overall respiratory, digestive and circulatory health, then join this evening workshop on the ancient yogic mastery of The 5 Pranavayus.  In this two hour experiential and informational evening you will discover that Prana is the radiance of life itself, the moving force behind sensation, the tool to dispel of impurities, and the source to bring balance back to the body. You will be given a map for this holistic journey. 

Taught by Nancy Levenson, yoga therapist of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.  5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton.  RSVP required, no drops in, class limited to ten. To reserve a spot, send an email through the contact form or call 303.725.1434.

Women’s Wellness Wednesdays – Restorative Yoga

June 29-July 20 – 5:45-7pm

Explore a joyful state of release in this 4 week Restorative Yoga Series, just for women.  In this 1.15 hour weekly program, you will step into a nurturing space, be fully supported through yoga with props, experience blissful breathing, and deep meditation.  A new woman will emerge, released from the stress of the day.  Taught by Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist, Nancy Levenson.  This class is held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.  The series price is $69.  Class size is limited to 10.   Find Balance, Improve Health and GO HOME HAPPY!  To register, send an email via the contact form or call 303.725.1434 


Restorative yoga is a format designed for individuals undergoing stress, fatigue, any illness related condition or just desiring to drop into a deep state of relaxation.  Restorative yoga is described as active relaxation. By supporting the body, utilizing props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, and even chairs the body is alternately stimulated and relaxed to move into balance.  The poses used create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce stress and disease.  This type of yoga is extremely nurturing and can be used by anyone.

Restorative yoga differs from other forms of yoga in that it focuses on energy conservation to free up more energy for healing.  It makes use of resting between poses to allow for greater body and breath awareness.  Finally, each class utilizes various relaxation techniques, following each practice.  At the heart of Restorative yoga is the art of non-doing, to allow the body to heal.

You can visit the Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher website for more information.

Join us on a Week-long Organic Cooking, Yoga, and Meditation Experience in Tuscany, Italy, September 8-14, 2012

Every morning we will start our day with a yoga practice on the grounds of our villa.  We’ll visit local organic farms, step into the kitchen, put on our aprons and learn to cook flavoursome, healthy food using the freshest local seasonal ingredients, and understand the benefits of mindful eating as we savour the results together, washed down with delicious biodynamic wine. Buon appetito!


A cooking school, and much more

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Discover Yoga as a Healing Art


Heal your body, Ease your emotions, Restore your spirt and Reclaim your true self.  Discover how the ancient path of yoga can help bring you to optimal wellness in one of our many classes being offered in 2011.  Some of our 2011 classes include; Yoga for Back Care, Yoga for Balance and Breath, Breath with Movement Yoga, Plus-Size Yoga, Yoga for Breast Cancer, and The Joyful Warrior for Depression.  Classess, workshops and private yoga therapy are all offerend at the center in addition to teacher training.  Visit our classes tab for full details.

Yoga for Balance and Breath

An eight-week therapeutic Viniyoga series that will explore balance, from the perspective of external, physical balance to internal, mental balance and equanimity, both on the yoga mat as well as off. This series will include asana, pranayama and meditation and relaxation.

This NamasteWorks Yoga therapy series is led by Gary Schroeder and is priced at $96 for the eight week series. Limited to ten participants.

New Series Starts January 6, 2011
Thursday’s 6:45-7:45p

What is Viniyoga?

Viniyoga is a Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation and appropriate application. As a style of yoga practice, the term Viniyoga refers to an approach to yoga that adapts the various means and methods of practice to the unique condition, needs and interests of the individual, giving each practitioner the tools to individualize and actualize the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. This yoga tradition is evolved out of the teachings transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar or Madras, India.

© Namasteworks Yoga + Wellness, LLC. Founder, Nancy Levenson, Serving the Highlands Ranch and Littleton, CO communities.