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“Since the days of Freud, research into the mind-body relationship has come a long way. Studies show that not only are your mental health and mood dependent in large part on physical factors like exercise, but also unchecked stress, anxiety …

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Yoga Therapy On The Rise

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  1. it will be interesting to see where this takes yoga as a profession. I think we’ll begin to see more government regulation and insurance coverage as well. Hmmmm….

  2. @ Julia – Hey, that’s a good point! I didn’t even think about regulation and insurance… I wrote about music therapy a while back (Mind The Music) and I know with that one some insurances will cover it.

  3. I am a psychotherapist and registered yoga teacher, and I use yoga in my therapy practice– breathwork, meditation, sometimes some simple asanas for grounding.
    I recently wrote an article for the IAYT journal about licensing issues– which are similar for yoga and psychotherapy. Licensing regulations are promulgated state by state. There is clearly a lot of variation. Also, state legislatures don’t understand the training process for these disciplines, scope of practice, etc. and that causes problems too.

  4. @ Lynn – Thanks for chiming in! I bet the lack of understanding does cause problems. Is there anything specifically – problem-wise – you’ve had to deal with during your time as both a psychotherapist and yoga teacher?

  5. The Time Magazine article was great and I liked that finally more mainstream media is referencing Yoga Therapy as a viable alternative and adjunct to psychotherapy.

    As a psychotherapist myself in Sarasota FL I’ve had several clients who just couldn’t move beyond a certain point. I’ve worked closely with a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist here (Sandy at Yoga2Transform.com) and have referred several clients to her. I have always seen these clients make incredible strides in their recovery. It really does seem that when the body is allowed to release and have a voice in some way too, then the true integration of the body and mind to heal as one can take place. I highly recommend it!

  6. @ Annette – I agree – it’s definitely good to see some positive media on it. It’s also really great to hear the perspective of a psychotherapist who’s referred clients to yoga therapy, too – thanks for sharing your experiences with it!

  7. Hi Alicia,
    Yoga and psychoanalysis are both powerful life tools, but they do not fit existing State Education molds for licensing, and that’s a problem.
    I’m the Director of the Institute for Expressive Analysis, a training institute that also provides low cost therapy– the changing state rules, which are often ambiguous, make it difficult to protect our students and continue to provide them with a good education.
    I have not yet felt any repercussions in my private practice, thank goodness, because I’ve been a licensed psychoanalyst and registered yoga teacher for some time, but new practioners are having difficulties.

  8. @ Lynn – I’m sure all the ambiguous and changing state laws work to discourage new practitioners, and that’s such a shame. Now, you’re in NY, right? I checked the IAYT sites for these kinds of services in my state, but there are only three, which is unfortunate. I wish there were more things like that here for people.

  9. The Phoenix Rising Center mentioned in the TIME article as being in Massachusetts is actually the same as the one you mentioned as being in Vermont. They moved locations a few years ago, and apparently, the people at TIME didn’t do their homework.

  10. @ Kate – Thanks for the heads up!

  11. I am elated to see the more recent awareness in the press that yoga touches in on levels other than physical and spiritual. As a RYT and Speech Pathologist I have experienced repeated transformations in the mental and emotional levels. In the book I just released I have touched in on PTSD and the Government grants to research the effects of yoga in this population.

    I am grateful for the TIME article and the opportunity for many to consider yoga therapy as a viable treatment.

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