- Trauma is a word used to describe experiences or situations that are physically devastating, and/or emotionally painful and distressing, and that overwhelm people’s coping mechanisms, leaving them feeling out of control and powerless. Trauma occurs as a result of violence, accidents, abuse , neglect, loss, disaster, war and other emotionally harmful experiences. Trauma knows no boundaries with regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, geographical location, or sexual orientation.
- Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda, the traditional medical practice of India, share a common approach to wellness. Yoga Therapy is informed by Ayurvedic concepts. Both are based on the notion that body, mind and spirit are inseparable. Both view an individual as a multidimensional being in which energy body is more than just physical form, or the material world.
- Prana, the force that animates life, is flowing through the body through energy channels known as Nadis. There are said to be 72,000 nadis in and around a human being. Blockage of the nadis creates disharmony and imbalances in our bodies. Where we see a slight departure of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda is in the emphasis on the physical body, whereas Yoga Therapy focuses more on the subtle body.
- Samadosha, samaagnis cha: The doshas are balanced; digestive fire is efficient.
- Samadhatu-mala-kriyah: The bodily systems are balanced, and toxins are eliminated.
- Prasanna atma-indriya-mana: Body, mind and spirit are integrated in bliss.
- Swastha iti abhidhyate: Establishment in the Self is the basis of health.
- In Yoga, the purpose of teaching is to show students the path of self-healing, self-realization, and self-regulation; these are innate abilities that we all posses. It is about engaging the mind, body and spirit; creating a conceptual framework with which a student can understand the profound benefits that a Yogic life may offer.