Sander Yoga Therapy

& Tai Chi

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Deep Occupational Therapy for mood and movement.

reasoned and uncluttered.

Any mention of Yoga “Therapy” in my practice is based on my relationship with the International Association of Yoga Therapists as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and my credentials as an Occupational Therapist, and is not derived from my status as an E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance Registry. Occupational Therapists, Yoga Teachers, and Yoga Therapists do not diagnose health conditions. Yoga improves “holistic” well-being. 

Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga 

Misalignment and blockage of physical structures and energy centers are addressed primarily with meditation, movement/form, breathing, visualization and decontraction.

Yoga is a profound instrument for balancing, self-learning and the release of trauma and pain. It dissolves the separation of mind and body. Yoga poses (asanas) are physical forms that are generally different than your normal daily activities. They are a method to focus attention initially on joints and muscles and areas affected by emotion or what is felt as physical pain. 

Every emotion is manifest physically. Many times the body responds in a way which masks a painful stimulus by muscular and emotional guarding which results in misalignment in structure and confusion in function: anxiety, low mood, clumsiness, disorganization or chronic pain.

Asana, may nudge the fundamental physical/psychosocial trauma to release or show itself because it (trauma) is not readily prepared to bury itself easily in these new physical surroundings. Adding deep relaxation to decontract muscles in novel movement or poses paves the way for realignment and healing.

Visualizing to clear power centers (cakras) is also a way to guide treatment. This physical/psychosocial grid consists of “concentrated” emotional filters. Cakras are also affected by specific asana. Breathing practices (pranayama) direct breath (energy and attention) which can uncover, disassemble and remove unhealthy patterns.

Sander Yoga Therapy was developed to increase the resilience and authenticity of one’s body scheme. 

Movement towards a healthier posture can affect many of our physical sub-systems. It allows more efficient joint movement, increased shock absorption qualities, more effective function of viscera, and more functional range of motion. Improved posture also increases vital capacity and visual contact with the environment while decreasing risk of falls. A more complete motor and visceral self-image and normalized structure facilitate the development of new physical skills and the restoration of former skills as they enhance energy conservation, improved overall safety and performance, mapping personal and peripersonal space.