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Yoga as therapy

I am often asked what the difference is between 'yoga therapy' and 'yoga'. I will explain briefly. I spend a great deal of my time as a yoga and meditation teacher working with clients on a one-to-one basis. I work with clients with all kinds of conditions, these range from cancer, back and neck pain, joint pain, chronic fatigue, mental health issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, musculoskeletal problems, physcial issues, migraine, insomnia, sports injuries, runners with tight hamstrings, bad posture, emotional problems such as, bereavement, grief, lack of confidence. I could continue but hopefully this provides you with an idea. Working in this way is very rewarding as a yoga teacher, it is wonderful when I see the positive benefits and my clients begin to see and feel the difference yoga has made. I don't claim that I can help everyone or that yoga is a cure but what I can honestly say is that with a regular yoga practice you will reap the benefits. I will be talking more about yoga therapy in my forthcoming posts.
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Yoga and pain management

Yoga is an ancient system developed in India that addresses the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual. There are many different forms of yoga practice, each of which emphasizes different skills and goals. Hatha yoga, the path of the body, is the most well known approach in the United States and is used here mainly as a form of exercise and stress management. Within Hatha yoga, there are many different approaches. Some techniques are physically strenuous and demanding, while others are gentle and slow, focusing as much on the meditative aspects of practice as on physical development. This variety in approaches allows the individual to participate in yoga practice at a level that is both appropriate to one's physical abilities and mental/emotional/spiritual goals. Kripalu yoga consist of a series of gentle postures (asanas), breath work and meditation that emphasize flexibility, stretching, stress reduction and increased vitality to enhance balance of mind, body and spirit. The Iyengar style, created by B.K.S. Iyengar, focuses on understanding how the body works and on postural alignment to increase strength and flexibility for better health. This style is characterized by the use of various props, such as cushions, benches, wood blocks and chairs...
Children yoga

Yoga and children

On 17th July I volunteered my time to teach yoga (and share my Birthday) to the children of Lionwood Junior School, Norwich. It was a delight to the teach these beautiful, gregarious, enthusiastic and energetic 7-11 year olds. In the two hours I devoted I must have taught at least 150 children. Lionwood School is a beautiful modern building with children from all Nationalities, race and religion. Teaching children is a whole different ball game to teaching adults and one has to make learning a game and of course fun and giggling is obligatory. It was interesting observing the children as they came into the room and the sound of excited giggly children filled the hall. Some children came and sat quietly on the mats, cross legged, with the hands in the traditional jnana mudra, eyes closed and Omming ( I could not help but smile) and so children sat in full lotus position. I asked the children how many of them had practiced yoga and there were few hands that went up. I then asked them " so what is yoga?" The children being children, hands went up enthusiastically, their answers, "exercise". "relaxation", "meditation" and of course all of...
Turning my world upside down

Turning my world upside down

Posted by Barbara Ives on Monday, February 2, 2015 Under: Aerial and acro yogaHaving recently attended a 5 day intensive in London on acrobatic yoga and Thai massage I was reminded of how it feels stepping outside of my comfort zone. The course was very challenging physically and at times it did feel a little like 'bootcamp' yoga. That said, I really enjoyed the challenge it gave me although at times I did feel myself getting frustrated when my body didn't do what I wanted it to do. I reminded myself of the 8 limbs of yoga and one of the 'Yamas' Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things - the word Ahimsa means not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kindness, friendliness, and thoughtful consideration of other people and all things. Ahimsa implies that in every situation we should adopt a considerate attitude and do no harm. Ahimsa is also self compassion and kindness to our mind and body. While on the course I notices how some students were very competitive and almost punished their bodies into some of the poses....
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The Three Big C’s – Christmas, Cancer & Change

Posted by Barbara Ives on Friday, April 5, 2013 Under: Cancer and Yoga Apologies, it has been a while since my last post. To summarise some weeks leading up to Christmas my husband was diagnosed with Cancer. This news came as a complete shock to us and it was some weeks before we were given the full diagnosis. This news completely rocked our world and seemed to preoccupy our thoughts and emotions constantly for some weeks, fear gripping at our hearts - we did our best to think positively and to get on with life as normal. At the same time I heard that a friend who had been struggling with cancer for some years finally lost her battle. The timing was quite profound because I had organised the ‘Norfolk Yoga Group’s’, December yoga event and the charity we were supporting was ‘Starthrowers’ they do a wonderful job of supporting people living with cancer. Standing up in front of a room full of people that day was a challenge for me and how I stopped myself from bursting into tears I do not know. It's amazing how we can find strength when we most need it. The word cancer as with many serious illnesses...

The scientific basis of yoga therapy

As a yoga therapist I have witnessed and experienced myself the wonderful benefits of yoga and yoga can truly help with chronic pain, illness, injuries, mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Yoga is so much more than many people realise and it is a complimentary therapy. When I come across any research I like to share. Research is documenting the effectiveness of yoga therapy and suggesting specific mechanisms for how it works. By Timothy McCall, M.D. One of the most exciting developments in the last few decades is the cross-fertilization of Western science with ideas from ancient Eastern wisdom systems such as yoga. With increasing precision, scientists are able to look at the brain and body and detect the sometimes subtle changes that practitioners of yoga and mediation undergo. Years ago, few yoga studies were done in the West, and most scientists dismissed Indian yoga research due to methodological problems, such as a lack of control groups in the studies. Now the methodology is much better, and it could be argued that many Indian studies of yoga are superior to most of those done in the West. As yoga becomes more and more mainstream, and as research dollars for...

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