Check in each week leading up to the Global Yoga Therapy Day (Aug 14) as we
share a new video focusing on a different chronic health concern, shared by global leaders of Yoga Therapy.
Week 1 June 26: Chronic Pain; Shelly Prosko (Canada)
Week 2 July 3: Anxiety, Minoru Kamata (Japan)
Week 3 July 10: Respiratory Disorders; Yogacharya Ananda Bhalayogi Bhavanani (India)
Week 4 July 17: Arthritis; Steffany Moonaz (USA)
Week 5 July 24: PTSD & Trauma; Heather Mason (UK)
Week 6 July 31: Cardiovascular Disease; Danilo Santaella (Brazil)
Week 7 Aug 7: Richard Miller; Sleep Disorders (USA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.