In the lead up to the Global Yoga Therapy Day (Aug 14, 2019), global leaders in the field of Yoga Therapy shared their knowledge on how yoga can be used to help address individuals with different chronic health concern.


Yoga Therapy for Sleep Disorders

In this week’s video, Richard Miller, PhD, shares his understanding of how yoga therapy, in particular, the practice of yoga nidra, can be used to address individuals challenged with disordered sleep. At the end of his lecture, enjoy a short practice to experience the benefits of iRest yoga nidra for yourself.


About Richard: Richard Miller, PhD, clinical psychologist, author, researcher, and spiritual teacher is founding president of the iRest Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founding editor of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Healing and Well Being, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, and Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a consultant researching the meditation protocol he’s developed, Integrative Restoration – iRest,  studying its efficacy on health, healing, and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, survivors of human trafficking, youth, seniors, the homeless, and the incarcerated; with issues including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, pain, chemical dependency and sleep disorders. Richard leads trainings and retreats internationally.www.iRest.org.

Yoga Therapy for Cardiovascular Disorders

In this week’s video, Danilo Santaella, PhD, Yoga Therapist, shares how yoga can help (and potentially harm) those with cardiovascular disease.  He looks at the poses and practices (like breath and relaxation) that can particularly help; and looks at the different poses (like shoulderstand, headstand and plow) that he extremely recommends against. As he say, ‘Yoga is good for everybody, but not everybody may do everything in yoga’.

About Danilo:

Danilo Forghieri Santaella is one of the first researchers in Yoga physiology of Brazil, working with Yoga teaching and research at the University of São Paulo. He teaches practical and theoretical classes for the elderly and the university community, as well as applying his acquired knowledge to research and for strengthening Yoga’s respectability among the scientific and medical society. He also teaches Applied physiology in post-grad Yoga and Yoga therapy courses. His main research field is the interaction between mind and body, with special emphasis to the influences of Yoga on psychobiological variables/markers. Investigations made have addressed the following interventions and variables: aging process, yoga as therapy, relaxation, breathing exercises (pranayama), physical exercise, hypertension, post-exercise blood pressure, heart rate variability, EEG, evoked potentials, ageing brain, functional connectivity, stress, sleep quality and quality of life. Danilo is also connected to Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (India), and represented South America in the first World Consortium for Yoga therapy in Japan (2018).

Yoga Therapy for PTSD & Trauma

Heather Mason, MA, MA, MSc, RYT-500, and yoga therapist shares her personal story and weaves her understanding of how Yoga can be used to help individuals suffering from PTSD and/or trauma.

About Heather:

Heather Mason, MA, MA, MSc, RYT-500, and yoga therapist is the founder of The Minded Institute, a yoga therapy training school, and also the Yoga in Health Care Alliance a charity devoted to bringing yoga into health care at both the grassroots and policy level in the UK. She holds master’s degrees in Buddhist Studies, in Psychotherapy, and in Medical Physiology and has an extensive background in Neuroscience. Heather has been teaching yoga since 2001 and has specialised in the use of yoga therapy for mental health populations since 2007. In 2018 she co-published an academic text, “Yoga for Mental Health” a book aimed at bridging the worlds of psychological therapies and yoga.  She has taught at the Boston University School of Medicine, designed the original Mind-Body Science Module for the MSc in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrated of Health and continues to lecture at various other academic institutions. Heather is actively focused on the integration of yoga into the UK’s National Health Service and in 2018 helped to create an All-Party Parliamentary Group, “Yoga in Society”, in hopes of gaining support from central government.

Yoga Therapy for Arthritis

Dr. Steffany Moonaz, yoga researcher and C-IAYT has researched and worked in the field of arthritis for most of her career. Here she shares about how stress impacts arthritis, the leading cause of disability and how yoga might help you.

Not all yoga is the same and a comprehensive programs to address your arthritis may include movement, breath, chanting, relaxation, meditation and/or philosophy; and is dependant on the individual and specific limitations, needs and challenges that need to be taken into consideration. Towards the latter half of the video, Steffany takes you through an experiential practice to explore some tools that might be beneficial to you.

About Steffany:

Dr. Steffany Moonaz, PhD, C-IAYT, is a researcher, yoga therapist, and educator in Baltimore, MD. She founded Yoga for Arthritis after 8 years at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the effects of yoga for people with arthritis. She now serves as Chair of Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the only Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy in the United States. Dr. Moonaz continues to conduct yoga research and mentors yoga professionals. She also offers individualized yoga therapy and health coaching to people with arthritis both in-person and remotely and provides continuing education around the world and online. Her book, Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A Whole Person Approach to Movement and Lifestylewas released in 2018. Dr. Moonaz is passionate about ensuring that yoga practices are safe, welcoming, and appropriate for people with arthritis everywhere.

Yoga Therapy for Breathing Disorders

Yogacharya Ananda Balayoga Bhavanani looks at how yoga therapy can be used to address breathing disorders including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD. He covers how the breath and emotions are linked and how when we focus on the present moment and synchronize and integrate breath pattern with coordinated smooth body movements, we can change our experience.

About Ananda:

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, FIAY, MD (Alt.Med), C-IAYT, DSc (Yoga); is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in).

A recipient of the coveted DSc in Yoga from SVYASA Yoga University in January 2019, he is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com) and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (www.rishiculture.in). He is son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji, Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani.

He is a Gold Medallist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in both Family Health (PGDFH) as well as Yoga (PGDY) and the Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents in 1991-93. A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 23 books on Yoga as well as published more than two hundred and fifty papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than 1600 Citations, with an h-Index of 19 and an i10-Index of 33.

Yoga Therapy for Anxiety Disorder

Dr. Minoru Kamata and translator, Madoka Chase Onizuka, provides an overview of anxiety and how it impacts a person physically and psychologically. Dr Kamata looks at how yoga therapy can address anxiety disorders and towards the end of the video, Dr. Kamata uses yogic asanas (physical practices) and breathing practices to show how a person can use a yoga therapy approach for anxiety disorder.

About Minoru:

Dr. Minoru Kamata is a clinical and nationally licensed psychologist (Japan), and is a yoga therapist certified by the Japan Yoga Therapy Society. His main area of research and practice is psychotherapy in psychosomatic and integrative medicine. He is an Adlerian Psychotherapist and is developing yoga therapy as psychotherapy. He is active in the Japan Yoga Therapy Society’s research committee and is working closely with President Kimura to develop a new system for yoga therapy assessment. He also trains yoga therapists in counseling and psychotherapy skills.

Yoga Therapy Hope and Possibility for People in Chronic Pain

Shelly Prosko, PT, CPI, C-IAYT specializes in chronic pain.

In this video, Shelly shares how chronic pain is complex with many different factors. Yoga therapy, which is accessible, empowering, low cost & effective, can be a part of your comprehensive pain management solution. After an educational talk, Shelly takes you through a 20 min experiential practice using her approach to working with people experiencing chronic pain.

About Shelly:

Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT, is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga, a combination of physiotherapy and yoga therapy. With over 20 years of training and experience, Shelly advocates for the integration of yoga into modern healthcare and rehabilitation. She teaches at medical colleges and yoga therapy schools, presents at international conferences, contributes to academic research, provides mentorship to health professionals and offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and healthcare professionals on topics surrounding pelvic health, chronic pain, compassion and professional burnout. Shelly is co-editor and co-author of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain and is a Pain Care Yoga Trainer with Pain Care U. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and considers herself a lifelong student and believes that meaningful connections, spending time in nature, sharing joy and compassion can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being.

Please visit www.physioyoga.ca for more info.




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