"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." ~BKS Iyengar, BKS Iyengar (2015). “Yoga For Sports: A Journey towards Health and Healing”, p.106, Westland
Healing is different from fixing and it's an inside job.
If you are looking for a framework to organize the healthy things you're already doing as well as those you plan and seek you are in the right place.
If you have been overwhelmed with choosing where to start or the right practices for your situation, you are in the right place.
If you are radiantly healthy and want to experience and understand the principles of effective yoga practice, you are in the right place.
If you know that you have the power to balance and heal from within in an organic way, over time, in a way that supports the medicine you receive from your health care team, you're in the right place.
If you want to understand AND have actionable steps to implement these powerful principles and the research that supports them, this is your course.
This 6 week, interactive course is based on the 6 principles outlined in the Yoga Sutras, wisdom reaching back millenia, and now being supported with research into the efficacy and mechanisms of these practices.
"The [Foundations of Healing Yoga] workshop was above and beyond what I expected."
- Megan, long time yogi
"I realized how important it was to design a home yoga practice and you provided lots of guidance as to how to do that."
- Libby, Foundations of Healing Yoga Workshop
This course is appropriate for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike who want to create a healing practice based on your own personal needs. The lessons and our discussions will be a mix of learning, discussion and practice.
Each week there will be a short article on the principle, research supporting its efficacy, and video showing practices to implement the principle, as well as a one hour video conference call (recorded so you can view if you can't attend live) and a facebook group for community, support, sharing, questions and success.
These 6 principles are also the principles I've used to support my own healing from intense trauma, birth defects and the supposedly chronic illnesses that predictably follow, according to research that lead to the ACE test.
I've tested these principles with my clients over more than a decade of teaching and practice. Based on what we have seen, success depends on these factors:
Clients report their personal practice helping with knee and hip injuries, arthritis, stress, hormonal balance, anxiety, shoulder mobility and pain, neck and back mobility and pain, patterns of tension going back to childhood, easing grief, helping with digestion, creativity and focus.
"Over the past year of doing yoga with Christine...
• Much less knee pain while sleeping and walking
• I walk more upright, no more limp from right knee being bent
• No more sleeping pills and NSAIDs at night
• Improved feeling of balance
• Improved flexibility
• Improved strength
• I can do planks
• I can get on and up from the floor more gracefully than last year
• I feel empowered - I no longer feel like I am approaching handicapped
• I can use any public restroom stall, no more preference for handicapped stall
• I sleep better
• I have less hip pain
• I can go up and down stairs with both legs instead of only using my right leg
• I no longer refer to myself as an arthritic old lady"
~ Janice S., Engineer, Mom
“My private yoga lesson took me to the next level! I have so much more freedom and articulation through my upper back!” ~Heidi, automotive business owner, gardener, yogi
This course is NOT right for you at this time if...
That's Okay! We'll be here when it is time.
This course is based on the 6 factors most crucial in my own healing from arthritis due to birth defects, PTSD, severe allergies and even cancer, in concert with western allopathic medicine. I no longer have arthritis - not supposed to be possible, no longer suffer from the deleterious effects of past trauma, take any allergy medicine available in the drug store and have reversed a precancerous condition in my uterus found while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. While I had surgery and conventional radiation for my breast cancer diagnosis, my follow up treatment is all complementary and based on these 6 factors.
I am trained in Yin, Restorative, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Raja and am Core Strength Vinyasa and Yoga Shred influenced and inspired - all styles of Hatha Yoga. These "flavors" influence my personal practice and the practice that I share with you. My previous life as a paramedic allows an intimate understanding of the anatomy and physiology that guides every class, pose, technique that I share with you.
You don't have to be flexible - or anything else - to do yoga: yoga helps you become those things.
First group will start Wednesday, March 14th with a live video call and practice from 5:30-6:30. Calls every week for 6 weeks will be recorded so if you can't attend at the time, you can still participate on your own schedule. Send your questions and comments by email, text, fb group or video to be included in the practice.
This is a pilot course, so I've created an outline and plan. Together we'll fill it in, transform it and deepen it based on your needs and responses.