Inspiring Yoga’s Wings To Breathe – Yoga Therapy RX

Inspiring Yoga’s Wings To Breathe – Yoga Therapy RX

How can we remain true to the tradition of yoga and still allow for the creative shifts of the 21st century?  The ultimate goal of yoga is Self–knowledge, and the role of the yoga therapist/teacher is to assist people in becoming more self-aware. The Yoga Sutras, Eight Limbs, and the 5-Koshas are a framework and methodology of self-study that has been honed over thousands of years. It is important that we teach from this framework. New methods and ideas can be incorporated into yoga if they support the goal of Self–knowledge. Any practices we introduce should support healing and awareness at the levels of the koshas, and not become ends in themselves. We should guard against “re-inventing the wheel. New insights can come after many years of studying the same material. It is important to be humble, and continue learning and studying. But we also have to make our practice alive. We lead very different lives today than people did a thousand years ago. Yoga may need to nurture us in ways that are different from what people needed then. We should not be so bound to tradition that our practice becomes rote.

I think it comes down to having dedication to the teachings and traditions of yoga while bringing them alive, for ourselves and others. Humans are always on the search for novelty. This may be our best and worst trait! It is inevitable that as we continue to evolve, our practices for health and spirituality will continue to evolve too. My tai chi teacher once asked our class to consider not just what we take from tai chi, but also what we bring to it. This helped me to understand tai chi as a living art, expressed through the people who practice it. I see yoga the same way. It is important to adapt it to our 21st century lives, but we have to remain true to its original intent.

This is A Yogic Perspective by  Susan Moore. Susan has just completed her Integrative Yoga Therapy Mentorship program with her mentor, Nancy Levenson.

 

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.  Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist with a focus on providing wellness to our community.  To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.

Delight In Whatever Unfolds For You – Yoga Therapy RX

Delight In Whatever Unfolds For You – Yoga Therapy RX

Everyday we are given an opportunity to delve deep into our senses, feelings, emotions and thoughts.  The moment we open our eyes a new day opens us up to step into the world of wonder.  Before we even leave our bed, we can drop deep into the sensation of self, recognizing the gift of breath, the gift of being alive, and the gift of a new day.  We can explore our own inner world before we take flight into the outer world.  Using this valuable time to acknowledge what we love about ourselves first, invites us to welcome the day in a whole different way.  When we embrace everything that is arriving, we can savor every single moment.  We can even recognize moments of conflict and agitation as opportunities for us to delight in whatever is unfolding around and within us.

Stress is the leading cause of doctor visits in the US today.  Suffering affects all levels of our being – physical, energetic, mental and spiritual.  Suffering starts from within.  As a society, we live in a stress response and we wake up ready to battle.  We begin with an internal fight with ourselves – many times negating our own value and self-worth.  And we bring that energy forward into our day, especially during stressful times like the holidays.   We are the visionaries of the design of our day.    Much like a lotus flower, we can choose to unfold each petal and offer affection, tenderness, kindness, compassion, and more, making room for whatever comes our way.  When we embrace each day with this attitude and awareness, we are doing our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others.  With delight go out and enjoy the day.  And, if you are feeling overwhelmed, consider yoga therapy where we can work together to tackle stress from a holistic perspective.  As a yoga therapist, I’ve helped hundreds of clients move from dis-ease to ease in their lives.  Consider unfolding a whole new you in 2018.

 

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.  Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist with a focus on providing wellness to our community.  To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.

Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

We may not think about our bones very often, but at this time of year, it’s easy to see our skeleton everywhere. Yoga is a great vehicle for supporting the health of our bones. Let’s explore a few bone facts and take a look at Downward Facing Dog, one pose that activates every bone of the body.

• Bones are a living and active part of the body
• On average, your entire skeleton is renewed every 10 years
• 1 million sites are operating at any given moment in the skeleton
• Osteoclasts chew at our bones and Osteoblasts build the bone back up
• But when Osteoclasts start outpacing Osteoblasts, we start to lose bone
• Osteoporosis – literally, porous bone. It is a progressive loss of bone that results in bone thinning and increased vulnerability for the “F”WORD – Fracture.

Applying pressure to the bones and stimulation of the bones is helpful for bone growth and strength. Downward Facing Dog invites us to explore our entire skeletal system all at once, both the axial and appendicular skeletal systems are activated. All 206 bones of the body play a role in this pose. Step into the pose now and notice how each bone responds. Sense every bone from your skull down through the small bones of the hands and feet. Sense the strength in the large bones of the legs, as they rest inside the hip sockets and pelvis. Feel the freeing energy as it releases through your back body, travelling down the sacrum, through the spine, ribs, meeting at the scapula. Hold the pose for several breaths, bringing to mind the action of each bone.

And just like that, we stimulated every bone of the body.

 

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.  Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist with a focus on providing wellness to our community.  To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.