What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient method of self-development and self-realization. Although the early development of yoga remains a mystery, scholars believe that it originated over 5000 years ago in northern India. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word that means ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Some define yoga as a path for uniting with universal consciousness, while others see it as an alignment of mind, body, and spirit. Today people practice yoga with different intentions, finding their own meaning and usefulness for it. Some use it as exercise to stretch and tone the physical body. Others use it to reduce stress in their lives and others to improve their breathing. Yoga can also be used as a psychology of living.
Yoga is a practical philosophy for living a healthy and inspired life that includes ways to calm and focus the mind such as breathing and meditation techniques. While yoga is a life-long path for some, its benefits can be enjoyed from the first step along the path.
What is Yoga Therapy?
The individualized application of yoga techniques and principles for therapeutic purposes is called Yoga Therapy. While there are many forms of Yoga Therapy, many of them primarily focus on addressing physical issues. However, Stephen was trained in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT), which works with the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. This work supports people in creating intentions and taps into the wisdom of the body and present moment experience. Yoga therapy can also be the application of yoga techniques, such as breathing exercises, postures, and lifestyle recommendations, to address issues related to thoughts, emotions, or behaviors. In session, Stephen might teach you a particular practice and ask you to try it each day at home in order to experience its benefits. Using yoga in therapy does not mean you need to twist yourself into a pretzel – it involves trying some simple, time-tested techniques adapted to your abilities.
“Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a holistic healing art. It invites presence and awareness, rather than prescribe treatments. Using age-old yogic approaches to deeper presence and awareness we are able to know ourselves more fully. Out of this knowing, we are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and enhanced well being in body, feelings, thought, and spirit.”
— Michael Lee, Founder
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy website: www.pryt.com
An article on this work: www.pryt.com/about-pryt/whatispryt
Learn more about Yoga Therapy at the International Association of Yoga Therapists: www.iayt.org
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