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FAQs about Yoga Therapy

//FAQs about Yoga Therapy
FAQs about Yoga Therapy 2019-05-21T15:14:10+00:00

PranaYoga.  The yoga your doctor recommends.

Pranayoga’s mission is to bring yoga to people that cannot practice traditional yoga. We offer group sattva vinyasa all levels classes, group yoga therapy classes, beginner yoga, restorative and yin. We also offer kids and prenatal group sessions.

Pranayoga Institute is the home of the midwest’s first yoga therapy collective featuring

  • Individual Yoga Therapy Sessions
  • Yoga Therapy Wellness Series
  • International Association of Yoga Therapy Training Accredited Institute for yoga teachers that wish to become Yoga Therapists.
  • Yoga Alliance Certifications and Trainings as holistic yoga teachers
  • Integrative wellness including Ayurveda Counseling, Life Coaching and Massage Therapy complimentary to yoga therapy.

FAQS ABOUT YOGA THERAPY

by Dani McGuire

Yoga is a system of holistic health that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Many teachers are trained in a specific lineage of yoga that comes from a Guru or style of yoga developed for the purpose of removing toxins in the physical body and achieving excellence of body and mind for self realization. They may have a 200 or 500 hour certification in this lineage.

Yoga Therapy is a stand alone health profession that can treat an individual on many levels and in any environment, even during palliative care. Yoga Therapy works with the individual’s constitution, symptoms, and illness. A yoga therapist uses both science and yoga therapies, such as breathing techniques, yoga postures, relaxation, and stress management and lifestyle suggestions, as well as other movement modalities to reduce pain, increase peace, and move students from a place of merely surviving to thriving.

NO! The most common statement I hear is “I am not flexible enough to do yoga”. The goal of yoga is to quiet the distractions of the mind and increase our health and concentration. Yoga says that all illness and addictive behavior(like over eating, drinking, etc..)begins in the mind, and to change our thoughts into more positive ones, we have to change our habitual patterns and “I can’t” statements. In yoga practices, our mind and bodies relax simultaneously.

STRESS REDUCTION! It is almost immediate. Yoga also improves circulation, increases flexibility, and strengthens the body and bones. Yoga balances the body and all of our systems. The effects do not happen overnight, but with practice, yoga is one of the most lasting modalities for wellness. I have practically cured my asthma, and have said goodbye to panic attacks and an eating disorder.

In most cases, yes. However, if you select the wrong classes or an unqualified teacher, you could risk injuries. At Pranayoga we focus on yoga therapy therefore most of our teachers have been trained in treating specific conditions and illnesses and have 800 hours of training in these specialized conditions vs being trained in a specific yoga lineage. We recommend starting with a private yoga therapy session to begin if you have any questions or a consult call with our director.

Please contact dani@pranayogaschool.com if you are unsure. We are here to serve!

(As often as you breathe!!) Just joking, however, as you begin to notice your habitual patterns throughout the day, you will begin carrying what you learn in the yoga classroom to the office and into your home. Which is a great thing for everyone!

For example, when I am stressed I hold my breath which causes tension and more stress(sympathetic nervous system response) I am not going to be fun to be around after a few minutes of this! The awareness I have developed of this stress response, has given me a chance to change this unhealthy pattern; do some deep breathing when it appears, and flip the switch to the parasympathetic response.(It works great for kids and adults alike!-check out our kids and family yoga:) The physical practice should ideally be done 2-3 times a week. Some people do fine just coming once a week and others come almost every day even doubling up on classes; such as an active class+restorative or yin. It is best to listen to your body and balance more active classes with gentle ones, when beginning.

Our yearly membership is just $79/month or $99 for premium membership. PranaYoga is a yoga therapy school and non-profit so we are willing to work with you if you email us. Individual yoga therapy sessions, ayurveda counseling and massage run approximately $85 per session with package pricing available. Health Savings Accounts are accepted for yoga therapy and memberships and some employees will reimburse for yoga therapy studios.

Comfortable clothing. Nothing to tight or loose. Bring a yoga mat if you have one otherwise we have some for use for yoga therapy sessions.

  • Happier Mood

  • Stress Reduction

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Better Concentration

  • Pain Management

  • Balanced Mood

  • Balanced Mood

  • Stronger Bones

  • Quieter Mind

  • Enhance Athletic Ability

  • Healthy Weight

  • Better Digestion

  • Healthier Back

  • More Energy

  • Increase Muscle

  • Stronger Immune System

  • Overall Increase In Well-being and Vitality(Prana)

The more consistently you practice the more benefits you will achieve. Practice should be done in a relaxed/not forceful way and often.

 Best Ways to Begin!

Setting up for Success

To get the most out of your yoga experience practice often and always inform your instructor of any injuries, illness, or acute discomfort prior to any class. Yoga is very safe but certain postures may aggravate any inflamed or irritated parts of the body. The benefits come from the awareness, not how far your stretch. Get to know and respect your body and it’s capabilites. All exercise programs involve a risk of injury. The following guidelines will help ensure more benefits for a safer, sustainable practice.

  • Listen to the instructions carefully.
  • Do not perform postures or movements that are painful to you.
  • Breathe smoothly and continyously as you move.
  • Do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position,
  • Work gently, respecting your body’s abilities and limits.
  • Ask for help if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement,
  • For menstrating woman, it is not recommended to invert.
  • Pregnant women must consult their health care provider before starting yoga and may enjoy our pranamommas prenatal classes!
GET STARTED WITH OUR YOGA 101 SERIES

MEDITATION

Meditation provides instant results. You do not have to wait for enlightenment. Meditation is like sleep, the harder you try the more you know you are not going to fall asleep, but meditation is different from sleep because just by “practicing” meditation or sitting and concentrating on an object of choice. Your mind and body receive all of the benefits, even if you never reach the state of meditation.

MEDITATION RESEARCH

Herbert Benson, MD and his associates at Harvard Medical School have been conducting research since 1967, validating many of the physiological benefits of meditation. His subjects in meditation have shown reduction of chemicals associated with anxiety in the blood stream, brain waves slowed to patterns associated with relaxation, basal metabolic rate reduced (the energy a body expends at rest), heart rate lowered, muscle tension decreased and, for some, blood pressure also dropped. Benson used the term “relaxation response” to describe the constellation of effects produced by meditation states. He built on the work of WB Cannon on the fight-or-flight response and WR Hess’ protective mechanisms against overstress.

The Benefits they Discovered

  • Lowers oxygen consumption. Decreases respiratory rate.
  • Increases blood flow and slows heart rate
  • Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients
  • Leads to a deeper level of relaxation. Good for people with high blood pressure..returns it to normal
  • Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering levels of blood lactate.
  • Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension )and headaches.
  • Builds self confidence
  • Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis, etc.
  • Reduces pre-menstral syndrome
  • Helps in post-operative healing.
  • Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of natural-killer cells, which kill bacteria and cancer cells. Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
  • Increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.

Root similar to “medicate” or “medical” and implies a sense of attending to or paying attention to something.
In Meditation you pay attention to your most subtle bodies.

Ask Us A Question

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