I am happy to announce that Fall registration is now open for Yoga Classes at the Wilmot Contre. I will once again be teaching 2 classes. Monday mornings is the assisted yoga classes for seniors and Wednesday morning will be yoga for everybody. Continue reading “Yoga Classes”
I was asked to give a lecture on Yoga and Diabetes so I thought I would share a condensed version here!
Approximately 25 million people in the United States are living with diabetes; researchers across the country and abroad are searching for feasible methods of control. In 2011 3.4 million people died due to complications caused by high blood sugar levels. It’s time to take control! Continue reading “Yoga and Diabetes”
Body, Mind and Spirit
Maybe I’m just getting sentimental in my old age (39) but the last few days have seen me reflecting. Not quite sure what brought it on but here I am. Yes; I admit I am usually quite emotional but today more so. This morning I teared up listening to the Kinky Boots (song: Raise You Up) soundtrack! Haha, even I have to laugh at myself for that one! Continue reading “Aging Gracefully”
Gentle Yoga For Aging Bodies
Expand your teaching repertoire and make yoga accessible to an ever growing demographic! Learn how to sequence with a chair and other props!
This training looks at how the body changes with age and how to adapt yoga asana for these changes. Continue reading “Teacher Training”
Anodea Judith’s latest book takes us on a physical journey across the chakra planes. Her words dance like magic across the mind taking you deeper into a brand new practice space.
Whether you have been practicing yoga for a few days or a century this book allows for a deeper, physical understanding and connection to the chakra system. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW – ANODEA JUDITH’S CHAKRA YOGA”
Now enrolling for a September 2015 start date!
The course will run 5 days spread out over 5 to 10 weeks. I will set the actual dates closer to the fall and will consider the timetable from participants wishes.
This is a sample outline of what a Senior Gentle Yoga Teacher Training day would look like.
Day 1: Introduction
- What is yoga for seniors? How does it differ? Why do we need it?
- Overview of the 5 days
- Homework expectations
- What is expected of the practical exam
- Talk about the flow of the class
- Why did i choose the postures that i did?
- Was there a natural flow/progression to the class?
- Was injury or ailment discussed?
- What would you do differently?
- What is the back body
- discuss lines of fascia
- injury of the back body that may prevent or hinder physical activity
- Vision changes; cataracts, glaucoma,
- Cardiovascular disease
- Spondylarthropathies (arthritis of the spine)
- What postures are related to the back body
- how can these be modified to account for common injury or ailment
- hands on? to touch or not. When is it safe to assist a senior and how much force to use
Closing the Practice
- breath techniques
- meditation? or savasana
We are happy to announce that KW Yoga Therapy & Counseling has been accredited by Yoga Alliance and will now be offering Teacher Training’s.
At KW Yoga Therapy we believe in quality education, by recognizing different learning styles and keeping class sizes small we ensure every teacher achieves their greatest potential. Trainings are led by Dr. Jennifer Heard DNM, DHS, RYT. Dr. Heard has been recognized by the World Organization of Natural Medicine as a leader in Humanitarian service as well as being accredited by the Board of Natural Medicine as a Yoga Therapist. All trainings offer a holistic healing approach recognizing the unique individual’s ability to find balance.
Current Offerings for yoga teachers or yoga teachers to be:
- 50 Hour Senior Gentle Yoga (can be combined into the 200 hour program as the focus)
- 100 Hour Senior Gentle and Chair Yoga
- 50 Hour Emotional Yoga & Meditation (great for counselors and people working in mental health)
- 200 Hour Gentle Yoga Teacher Training (Hatha Yoga with a Gentle Somatics focus)
- 50 Hour Emotional Yoga & Meditation
- Mindfulness Training
- Mindfulness for Classrooms
- 100 Hour Meditation Master
Health concerns of the aging population
Gentle yoga for general healthy living
Assisted yoga for therapeutic results
Every day I walk into my senior classes I am offered a new insight into a way that yoga has helped them.
The purpose of my study was to show an alternative method for treating Tourette Syndrome; yoga practice combined with a controlled diet. Yoga, meditation and breath technique, when used correctly, can reduce the occurrence/frequency of misfires by the central nervous system. The regular practice of yoga will strengthen and support the small muscles which help support/control the body. Meditation eases the mind, brings focus and teaches control of the body. Breath technique ensures proper oxygenation of the small & large muscle groups
By giving people choice in therapy they can reduce the need for pharmaceutical control of motor tics associated with Tourette’s. The drugs currently being used for treatment cause a large number of adverse side effects that can reduce quality of life, cause physical damage to major organs, lead to alternate syndromes which themselves are then medicated, further complicating things. My book “Yoga Therapy for the Management of Tourette Syndrome” looks at yoga, meditation, breath and diet as they relate to Tourette’s control.
This work shows glimpses of actual people and how Yoga Therapy helped them. There are basic yoga poses, meditations and breath techniques that can be done at home by most people. It is my hope that this work provides an alternative to pharmaceuticals and brings a measure of relief.