Why I Teach Yoga Therapy

 

I've been teaching yoga and meditation in the Bay Area for several years and I will say that though it may seem groovy to spend the day at yoga studios...it's not easy. Actually, it can be downright hard. There has to be serious drive behind engaging in the Bay Area yoga teaching hustle.

I've learned from many long-time teachers that have devoted massive amounts of funds, their time and their hearts  - and it's not for the plush lifestyle!

So, what have I done? I've devoted even more! I mean, I've dedicated my life to yoga and meditation work.

The reason I share this is because...there has to be something else there, right? Something that's more than fame or money...something as to why this work is so utterly important.

 

Empowerment 

Studying for years to get master level certified is empowering. Not only for my competence and confidence as a teacher, but it's empowering for students to encounter a Yoga Therapist who listens and helps.  

How often does someone really listen? Wouldn't it be nice to have someone learn all about you and prescribe what to do ON YOUR OWN to feel better?

Then when you're feeling pain, or stress, or want to connect with something more, you know you can influence how you're doing. 

Something happens when we realize, "Oh! I have a tool for that!" We take on our own personalized and evolving yoga practice. One that not only addresses our concerns and discomforts, but alleviates pain and suffering progressively and non-invasively.

 

To Improve Condition

Yoga therapy, unlike medicine, is something that we'll want to keep taking forever.

We can directly impact our experience, it's just that we can't always see how to get there ourselves or where to even start.

As for me, I've found that hypermobility can be very painful, and that it's appropriate to practice yoga in a way that prevents overstretching of my ligaments - but it took a while for me to find my spinal release yoga therapy mentor, Kaya Mindlin, amidst a sea of more prevalent types of yoga.

With yoga therapy, I've found the right practice for me and it's been a game changer for chronic pain, my personality and even my relationships. 

Many people want to use yoga to help them have a better attitude and get a better perspective on themselves - and basically help them with their mind.

We work with the human being who has the condition. 

Yoga therapy is a facet of the ancient science of yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person, {physical/psychological/spiritual}. It brings well-being to the body and the mind trough an experiential understanding of the primary intention of yoga - embodiment and realization of ourselves as spirit.

 

Many Layers of Healing

Depending on the ailment, "yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve as a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels." {TKV Desikachar}

People seek yoga therapy to understand protocols for different tissues {soft-tissues, bones, nerves, spinal or disc and asymptomatic tissue damage, or pain without evident cause -this is the big one and what makes yoga therapy a beautiful counterpart to western modalities} Whether the condition is muscle strain, spasm, connective tissue damage, fracture, overuse, inflammation issues, nerve damage or misalignment - there is a yoga therapy tool to promote healing on all levels

What levels am I talking about? Well, if you've ever hurt yourself bad {or just lived life openly} then you know that fear comes along with - yoga therapy addresses this...directly or indirectly.

Some other common conditions people come to yoga therapy for:
Insomnia, low back pain, neck pain, chronic neck and shoulder tension, sciatica or sacroiliac problems, shoulder issues, hip/knee replacement, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, osteoporosis, arthritis, bursitis, heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and serious hormonal challenges. 

We want to heal and our bodies want to heal too. It's about getting support during challenging times of pain, illness, or disease. It's about finding the support we need to heal, transform and learn about our true selves. 

We all come with our uniquely organic body that ages, goes through change and trauma, and there's no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to yoga.

It's my honor to help others find their own healing power, and that is why I continue to invest everything I've got in this calling. I'm grateful to be doing so!

 

Lauren Ziegler