12 Tools of Yoga Therapy
Friday Intensive: 8:30am - 4:30pm with Indu Arora 

Yoga is a complete spiritual practice and that is why it is considered Sadhana. However, it offers about 12 tools that can be used as a part of wellbeing/ therapy for everyday imbalances along with Ayurveda. Without understanding of Ayurveda, the knowledge of Yoga as Therapy is not only incomplete but impossible. 

In this full day intensive we shall cover the following

  1. In-depth study of what are these 12 tools
  2. Meaning and scope of yoga therapy
  3. Qualities of a Yoga therapist
  4. Integration of Ayurvedic principles of Dwadasha (12) Prana, Pancha Pitta and Pancha Kapha in Yoga practice as therapy
  5. Signs of prakruti (balance/ healing) and vikruti (imbalance) in a practice. 

Yoga Therapy is not about physical alignment as an exercise or similar to physiotherapy, it is an entirely different and complete subject which deals with body as just a small aspect of our being. As such Yoga is a work-In and not a work-OUT. This full day intensive is open to beginners as well as advanced practitioners of Yoga and Yoga Therapy. It comes with a promise that you shall leave the session soaked in purposeful information. 

 

Sthula Kriyas of Yoga Therapy
Saturday Morning 8:30-10:30 am with Indu Arora 

By now, we all know that yoga is beyond asana. We have read it, heard it and most importantly experienced it. Yoga practice is summarized as a combination of sthula (physical) and sukshma (subtle) kriyas. Each of these practices helps us to get closer to the purusha-artha (four noble goals in life). The sthula kriyas are preparatory steps for the deeper practices which are then utilized to awaken the prana shakti. 

These sthula kriyas helps in cleansing the physical body, balancing the dosas, toning the nervous system, cleanings the pranic channels and so much more. In this workshop you shall be introduced to 

  1. What are sthula kriyas
  2. Types of sthula kriyas and their sequence in the practice
  3. Role and signs of Amas (toxins) and detoxification practices in Yoga therapy
  4. Modifications to the practices as per vikruti (imbalances)
  5. Mind as the bridge between Sthula and Sukshma

 

Mind Study - Using the Tools of Yoga Therapy for Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing
Saturday Afternoon 12:00-2:00pm  with Molly McManus. 

In a world where everything is becoming more fragmented, electrified and high-paced, many people find themselves becoming distracted, overwhelmed and increasingly affected by the diseases of stress. Yoga provides us with incredible maps and practical tools to understand ourselves and to move us in the direction of whole-being wellbeing that encompasses not just physical health but, mental and spiritual resilience as well. 

Learn about these life-changing yogic maps:

  • The Pancha Kosha Model for understanding the dimensions of the human system and how a multidimensional approach is essential for sustained wellbeing.
  • Antakarana – The Inner Instrument – Understanding the Four functions of the mind. Manas, Chitta, Ahamkara, and Buddhi to build a lucid and strong connection to our ability to build equilibrium, freedom and happiness.
  • Understanding Dukkha (suffering) and Sukha (pleasure) through the Kleshas which are the Path of Suffering. Begin to uncover the unexamined beliefs, habits, and patterns that keep you stuck and run your life. Then make a plan to move beyond these limiting behaviors to a more expansive existence.
  • The 6 Pillars of Ayurvedic & Yoga Living – How to build a steady, strong foundation through Dinacharya (daily lifestyle practices) that include gentle cleansing, healthy nourishment, body practices and contemplation and meditation. 

 

Sukshma Kriyas of Yoga Therapy with Indu Arora
Saturday Evening 3:30-5:30pm

The fact is that we are way too attached to the physical and therefore the physical practices like asanas and more asanas. Yes I said it twice and you read it right. 

When we are ready to explore the unknown, ready to explore the pathways on which the prana moves then we are ready to dive into Yoga therapy as a means to work on reprogramming, erasing and dealing with samskaras (karmic impressions) and vikalapas (negative thought construtcs). All the imbalances do not arise from the physical body and neither they can be dealt by a magical pose, herb or medicine. Some discomforts are present so that we can dive deeper into our psyche. Sukshma Kriyas are practices like Chakras, Pranas, Mantra, Mediation, Mudra, Yoga nidra and many more which allows to re-calibrate our goals, vision and expectations to our inner compass. There brings us to what is called in Ayurveda as Magical divine healing or "divya chikitsa". This is also what is Sadhana Pada of Patanjali Yoga Sutras. 

If you have hit an iron wall in your practice, have experienced that Yoga is more then asanas, felt the need to explore the inner world, drawn towards internal practices then this workshop is perfect fit for you to take a step deeper and understand the realm of sukshma kriyas. This shall help you in understanding that healing comes with responsibility and right action, at times with patience and other times with simple acceptance 

 

Reversing the Stress Response with Soma Yoga - The Physiology of Freedom with Molly McManus
Sunday Morning 8:30-10:30 am

Learn to recognize the effects of the stress response and discover your body’s’ hidden reactions to stress that can cause pain, dysfunction and lake of freedom in our life.  Discover how to release some of the physical habits that lead to the cumulative effects of stress and gain easy practices that can be used daily. 

  • Learn about the body’s reaction to stress and the main stress reflexes/responses. 
  • Understand the concepts of Sensory Motor Amnesia & Sensory Motor Competence and how this new work is the key to sustained freedom and function in the body.
  • Tap into the tools of proprioception, exteroception, and interoception to heal yourself.  Participate in SomaYoga Therapy practices and take home tangible tools to feel better today!
  • Learn to use Yoga North’s unique yoga therapy tool the Therapeutic Spinal Strip

Combination of lecture, discussion and an accessible floor based that will build awareness, better function and more ease in the body and mind.  Therapeutic Spinal Strips and Yoga North’s Publications to support this work will be available for purchase at the booth.

 

Yoga Nidra as Yogic Nectar with Indu Arora
Sunday Afternoon 12:00-2:00pm

Nidra- sleep is a universal solvent. It dissolves it all from pains, aches, to worries, fear and any possible knowledge of self. However, Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice with incredible relevance in the modern world. With an excess of tension and worries, discomforts and uneasiness, students need a vehicle to connect deeply to their true nature, peace, health, and self-awareness. This increased self-awareness helps us to remain detached and calm amidst the chaos of our daily lives. Yoga Nidra provides a path for rediscovery of our true nature. It is the final step in the practice of Yoga therapy and is the most important tool of healing. 

  • Introduction and history of Yoga Nidra
  • Similarities and differences between Yoga Nidra and Savasana
  • Importance of sankalpa
  • Components of Yoga Nidra
  • Pre and post practices of Yoga Nidra
  • 45 minutes Practice session

 


More about Yoga Therapy:
Definition of Yoga Therapy by the International Association of Yoga Therapists

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-investigation, self-transformation, and self-realization that originated in India. The teachings of yoga are rooted in the Vedas and grounded in classical texts and a rich oral tradition. This tradition recognizes that the human being’s essential 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 multidimensional 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 traditionally 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 direction of desired goals. The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence 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 specialized 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 therapy continues to evolve and adapt to the cultural context in which it is practiced, and today, it is also informed by contemporary health sciences. 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.

Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists, August 1, 2016