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The Yoga Therapy podcast, a place for the public to find out what Yoga therapy is and how can it help you.

In these authentic conversations with Yoga experts and their unique stories, we hear how Yoga therapy empowers them and their clients, changing their lives, and their loved ones.

Join us and hear how each individual's story leads to health, wellbeing and wholeness, through Yoga and breath, in body, mind and soul.

Yoga Therapy Shira Cohen- Yoga therapist & writer

    • Health & Fitness

The Yoga Therapy podcast, a place for the public to find out what Yoga therapy is and how can it help you.

In these authentic conversations with Yoga experts and their unique stories, we hear how Yoga therapy empowers them and their clients, changing their lives, and their loved ones.

Join us and hear how each individual's story leads to health, wellbeing and wholeness, through Yoga and breath, in body, mind and soul.

    Yoga Therapy for Mental Health & Trauma with Candice Clark

    Yoga Therapy for Mental Health & Trauma with Candice Clark

    Candice Clark, liscenced counselor and certified yoga therapist, shares her story with Shira, of how her experiences led to seeking ways to heal and process her PTSD, trauma and discovering yoga therapy.
    Candice loves evidence-based Yoga therapy because it's effective, long lasting and cost effective, whilst avoiding retraumatising or triggering traumatic experiences. Also explainsing the purpose of cognitive therapy and memory recall.
    Find out why it's great when a trauma survivor actually gets up and leaves your trauma sensitive or trauma informed yoga class. Candice shares how daily exposure to inequality and violence contributes to constant hypervigilance.
    We discuss the importance of trying out different modalities and inroads to prevent internalisation of rejection, how physiological and physical holding patterns of energy and emotions need to be experienced and released as an essential to healing trauma.
    Work with Shira
    Work with Candice Clark
    Candice's Return to Presence probono program
    Some research on yoga therapy compared to cognitive processing therapy:
    https://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/for_researchers/cyber_seminars/archives/video_archive.cfm?SessionID=4014&Seriesid=98
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25004196/
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33788599/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4215954/
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32160072/
    Also mentioned:
    Mindfulness-based stress reduction programe MBSR from Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Peter Levine
    Bessel van der Kolk
    Pat Ogden
    Candace Pert PhD. - Molecules of Emotions
    Gabor Mate
    Molly Birkholm

    • 57 min
    Yoga Therapy with Brandt Passalacqua for Trauma & Autoimmunity

    Yoga Therapy with Brandt Passalacqua for Trauma & Autoimmunity

    Brandt Passalacqua, seasoned yoga therapist and founder of the Breathing Deeply, shares with Shira how his near fatal autoimmune condition led him to yoga nidra, preventing death, and subsequently to his passion for yoga therapy.
    We touch on autoimmune conditions having similar underlying cause of imbalance if we look at the energetic; physiological, body, and how Ayurveda, yoga nidra and meditational techniques effecting our reactivity and stress, but more importantly our natural healing and integration.
    Brandt shares his experiences of how yoga therapy can significantly reduce autoimmune flares, prevent sugery, reduce pain, cure scorliosis, relieve fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and obesity.
    We talk about how the effects of adverse childhood experiences, ACEs, especially sexual abuse, translate into trauma due to lack of tools, knowledge and support to healthily express, or share, our inner struggles, enabling healing.
    How yoga therapy is somatic as well as cognitive; body awareness and self inquiry, enabling us to enter and access healing through different lenses and layers, and understanding how interconnected the body and mind are. And how looking at all our layers is necessary to help a person heal deeply.
    Brandt covers the different kinds of yoga nidras and why it can be effective or adversely affect others, depending on, many things, one being a person's background.
    We briefly discuss the importance of seeking help long before crisis situations, physical or psychological, preventing much suffering through self-awareness and self-knowlegde that both Ayurveda and yoga therapy encourage.
    Work with Brandt - Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy
    Work with Shira - Shira Cohen Yoga Therapy
    Mukunda Stiles
    Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Richard Millar - iRest
    Bessel van der Kolk
     
     

    • 49 min
    Mind- a Talk & Comprehensive Practice for Mental Health

    Mind- a Talk & Comprehensive Practice for Mental Health

    In this excerpt from Shira's Yoga Teacher's class, a journey through the five elements, the basis of Ayurvedic principles, and the Koshas, a pillar of Yoga therapy, she explains the functions of the mind and which major contributor causes mental health imbalance.
    We look at how the left and right brain hemispheres, respectively Ida and Pingala nadi, each has needs, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities which we can affect through the 8 limbs of yoga.
    Learn why it's so important to check our input and understand how we affect output effectively with a comprhensive practice using mudra, mantra, movement, Pranayama, Pratyahara, mindfulness concentration and meditation.
    Join the next Yoga Teachers class starting in January

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Yoga Therapy with Montserrat Mukherjee at the Yoga Therapy Institute

    Yoga Therapy with Montserrat Mukherjee at the Yoga Therapy Institute

    Montserrat G. Mukherjee, C-IAYT yoga therapist and founder of The Yoga Therapy Institute share with Shira, how an injury in a yoga class started her road to yoga therapy.
    We discuss the importance of the client's story and how we need to adapt and change the practices to evolve our choices according to the person and present reality, how the state of our world reflects our hormonal state, and that following our evolution we will find the solutions.
    Montserrat shares the wonderful work she, her amazing team and students, do through the Yoga Therapy Institute, and the results of completely adaptive work; if one way doesn't work then we find another way. Leading to life transformative changes, sometimes.
    The essence of yoga therapy is the person and finding they way for the individual, never giving up, including the environment, and all relationships; food, family, money, work, sleep, and is often the path of the desperado. 
    Montserrat eludes to an often overlooked link between health and dis-ease as our social connection; love, physical touch and the emotions relationships invite regulating hormonal homeostasis as an important aspect of healing.
    We talk about the incredible importance of stories and how they connect connect us, the importance of critical thinking when a student to prevent power dynamics.
    Study with Montserrat Mukherjee at the Yoga Therapy Institute
    Work with Shira Cohen
    Uma Dinsmore-Tuli's amazing book - Yoni Shakti
    Dr. Vasant Lad's book The Yoga of Herbs
    Blue Zones, Live Longer, Better

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Yoga Therapy for Mental Health with Berenice Miles

    Yoga Therapy for Mental Health with Berenice Miles

    Berenice Miles is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, shares her story of, and passion for, yoga, and how helped her overcome PTSD and her eating disorder and sent her on her Yoga therapy quest, with Shira. 
    Bernice explains meditation is a big part of the healing from eating disorders because living our minds most of the time, we realise we are not our thoughts. How yoga enables a new relationships with others and ourselves; through self-compassion and coming home in the body.
    We talk about writing books and self-publishing, Berenice's book about busting yoga myths for the beginner so people feel more confident coming to a class.
    Enabling clients to deal with stress with simple tools and teaching them how to regulate their autonomic nervous system, Berenice, like any good Yoga therapist, empowers the individual.
    Shifting mind states, self-confidence and esteem, emotions and accepting the good the bad and the ugly of self and life, through specific yoga practices.
    Work with Shira 
    FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShiraCohenYoga      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSzPo-SCftKExzMp6g0n_w
    Work with Berenice
     
    FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenseekingcalm
     
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAfjOvHTnoYlkJ8C9PoI1g
    Heather Mason at The Minded Institute
    Montserret Mukherjee at the Yoga Therapy Institute
    Yoga Campus
    Manuela Heider de Jahnsen at Society of Friends
     

    • 36 min
    Yoga as Yoga Therapy with Leila Stuart

    Yoga as Yoga Therapy with Leila Stuart

    Leila Stuart, certified clinical massage and yoga therapist, passionate pioneer of movement education, and author of the book Pathways to a Centred Body, shares with Shira how an injury led her to yoga as therapy back in the 70s, on a daily basis to keep the pain at bay.
    Liela reveals how prana is conscious bio-electromagnetic energy, and needs to move through us to affect the quality of our emotions, energetic charge and how that effects physiology.
    She explains how yoga therapy is a specialised training ensuring client safety and wellbeing through more education and understanding of the body, physiology and psyche, because many different causes can contribute to a specific issue.
    A guided experiental anatomy practice that empowers. So self-knowledge leads to better habits, relationships and moods. And self-awareness, essential to lead us from unconscious incompetence, through conscious incompetence to conscious competence.
    The importance of the multidimensional psoas; accessing our interic nervous system, connecting the entire upper body with lower body, enabling us to go deep within both viscerally and emotionally and mentally.
    And how experience is knowledge and why being present and feeling what we experience leads to self-knowledge and empowered to change their health and wellbeing.
    We talk about the importance of community and mentorship instead of yoga as commodity.
    Work with Leila: www.leilastuart.com https://www.yogacampus.com/courses/events-and-continuing-professional-development/pelvic-balance-yoga-therapy-for-pelvic-realignment
    Work with Shira: https://shiracohen.yoga
    Mentioned during conversation:
    Tom Myers
    Handspring Press

    • 57 min

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