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Yoga Therapy News

I am honored to be part of the Center for Integrated Health in Harleysville. I will make my Yoga Therapy debut there and presenting on the Emerging Field of Yoga Therapy and How Does It Benefit Me or Someone I love?

Here are the details for this upcoming informational and practice seminar.

January 24 Restore

A light snow falls this morning
Tiny angel flakes sliding in from the west
I'm leaping, crouching, dancing about
Trying to catch these little buggers

Neighbors see this madwoman out there
Dancing with the crystals
And think, "Aww to be free, to catch a
Nugget on my tongue or warm mittens".

It's lovely from the inside too.
It just requires a little more stillness
And quiet.

 - Diane

The Poses
Reverse Frog Pose on the Wall
(No photo)
Props: few blankets, neck roll, eye pillow
Benefits:hip opener, lengthens spine along its natural curves, rejuvenates legs, brings circulation back to the heart, mild energizer.
Place 1 or 2 blankets next to wall so that your pelvis and upper body are laying comfortable on the blankets.  Face the wall and bring the legs up the wall. Slide the feet down until knees are bent at 90 degrees (your pelvis may be a foot or so from the wall). Turn your toes out and rest your hands anywhere they are comfortable. Stay 5 to 10 minutes for full relaxation while energi…

January 17 Restore

What a delicious practice it was this past Tuesday.  Carmen invited me to join you in the first restorative pose and I felt so grounded from there on.  I thought about energy as I relaxed in the Therapeutic Spinal pose and how we can manage our energy using such practices like restorative and breathing.  What I was feeling prior to that magical pose, was a mind not at rest and full of whirling dervishes.

On this particular day of class, I was experiencing Prana or the life force energy of Vata.  Vata is one of three such Ayurvedic Doshas or constitutions of a person.  According to Ayurvedic philosophy, everything takes on the qualities and energies of our natural world.  These are the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth.  So my mind was vacillating from thought to thought, like wind moving to and fro among the limbs of a tree. This essence of movement is Vata (light, airy, dry, mobile, ...).

It is important to understand the flow of Prana.  Then to address when it is out of ba…

January 10 Restore

Velveteen Principles

Advice from a Rabbit (On the Way to Being Real)
I just finished unloading my books from an old relic of a bookshelf onto a new bookshelf, and came across a book that my mom gave me years ago but I never read - The Velveteen Principles, A Guide to Becoming Real by Toni Raiten-S'Antonio.   In it are nuggets of wisdom to our own self-realization. Practical advice abounds in this book.    When we stray from our "realness" all kinds of maybe not so good adventures await us and it takes much practice (i.e. time and discipline) to return. Yoga fits into a practice that is a tool to becoming Real again.  However, let's talk rabbits, specifically Principle #3 Real is Emotional.

How truly are we in touch with our feelings? Do we brush them off, bury them deep down, or even recognize what they are? Even our upbringing can dictate our future awareness of our feelings. My own familial experience was that my mom when asked how she was, would always give the answe…

January 3 Restore

Ganesha - The Remover of Obstacles
We began our first class of the New Year on the right foot as does Ganesha - the elephant deity.  I pulled the Ganesha Mudra from the book of Mudras  for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page (Integrative Yoga Therapy, 2nd Edition, 2014).  Listen to the recorded mudra and accompanying meditation that I will send separately, as you begin this new year, a new project or make a life change.  Below is the Ganesha Mantra for removing obstacles. However, you begin to manifest your dreams, your life, your new beginnings, may it begin auspiciously.

Ganesha Mantra


The Poses
Reclined Bound Angle

Props: bolster, 4 blocks (or firm cushions, pillows or rolled-up blankets), 4 blankets and one extra blanket for warmth, strap and eye pillow
Benefits: opens the hips and groin facilitating blood and energy flow to the urinary tract and reproductive orga…