Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation
The therapeutic benefits of practicing yoga are infinite.
You can change your patterns of breathing and thinking, the functioning of your organs, and the ease through which you go about your day - all through movement and breath.
Yoga Tune Up®
the integrity of physical therapy,
the empowerment of self-massage,
with the mental and physical practice of yoga.
The goal of Yoga Tune Up® work is
to facilitate your better understanding of your own body’s functioning,
in order to work towards a healthier physical “normal” over time.
YTU for Athletes
When you're training for a sport, you move and strengthen your body in repetitive ways. While it may seem good for your performance in the short-term, repetitive motion causes injury and dysfunction over time. The human body is a tensegrity structure, which means that its ability to function is a result of a careful balance between many opposing muscular and cellular tensions. As an athlete, you may be putting this structure out of balance by only strengthening certain parts of your body. You may even be so used to your weight training and exercises, that you aren’t aware of pain or imbalance.
In Yoga Tune Up®, we help you find these body blind spots in order to enhance health and your physical performance over time. The more supple your muscles are, the more integrated your breath and your entire body is in your movements, the better you are going to feel and the better you are going to perform. This is the goal of Yoga Tune Up®.
YTU for Pain or Injury
The human body is a tensegrity structure - it functions as the result of a careful balance between opposing muscular and cellular tensions. Because of this, an irregularity in one part of the body can cause dysfunction somewhere else. Often, we develop pain as a result of unhealthy muscle patterning. For instance, you might lean your weight onto your right hip when you stand for a long time, or slouch in your office chair, or walk with more weight on the outer edges of your feet. These unconscious patterns of movement – that we all have – can cause pain over time.
In Yoga Tune Up® our goal in working with your injury is not just to bring you relief, but also to be interested in what the cause of your pain actually is. You may know the cause – as in the case of an accident or athletic injury – or you may not. We use the therapy balls, simple exercises, and mindfulness techniques to help you 1) relieve the pain and 2) increase your awareness of your physical tendencies in order to prevent future dysfunction.
YTU for Stress Relief
Stress is not just a product of the mind - trauma and stress live in your tissues. When our bodies are stressed out, we breathe shallowly and the sympathetic nervous system - fight and flight mode - is fired. By slowing down the breath, easing tension from your muscles, and observing your own body's reaction to simple movement, you can bring the brain back into parasympathetic dominance – its natural digest and rest place. This effectively decreases your feelings of stress and anxiety.
While Yoga Tune Up® cannot get rid of the things in your life that cause you anxiety, it can help sooth the physical manifestation of your stress. We roll out places in the body that are common tension holders, like the hips, shoulders, upper back and neck, and psoas. We do breath work and simple meditation to slow down the fast-track mind. The goal is awareness of self and peace of mind.
YTU for 9-to-5-ers
Yoga Tune Up® work is absolutely brilliant for people who are stuck at a desk all day. Our bodies adapt to the positions we put them in, and the human body was not designed to sit in a chair. You can develop back pain, neck pain, hip tightness, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, breathing problems, circulation problems - and the list goes on.
In YTU we focus on strengthening the body in an anatomically neutral position and relieving tension that is preventing you from being able to
"sit smart". The Therapy Balls roll out stuck muscles, and the corrective exercises strengthen ones that are weak from underuse. We do postural work as well as stress relief. For more detailed information about YTU in the workplace – or to inquire about bringing a YTU class to your office – check out my Corporate page.
Trauma lives both in the mind and in the body.
The physical body holds onto traumatic experiences, which is why working through trauma can be so complicated.
The goal is flexible, functional strength of body and mind.
Anyone can find relief and empowerment in this work.
We roll on rubber Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls to work out tension in hard-to-access places.
We use corrective exercises
and subtle strength techniques
to empower your body
in a more functional way.
Is Yoga Tune Up® right for me?
Read more about what YTU can do for....
In a trauma-informed yoga session we practice noticing the sensations that arise in our bodies as we move and breath, and we practice making decisions based on these sensations.
Everything we do in a trauma-informed yoga class is optional.
...trauma-informed yoga and movement practices with Exhale to Inhale.
Through their wonderful organization - partnering yoga teachers with domestic violence organizations - I've worked at shelters in Brooklyn and the Bronx, bringing yoga to women and teens who are survivors of assault.
Uncomfortable or overwhelming sensations can come up in this work.
Because of this, I expect any student working with me one-on-one to regularly meet with a clinician or therapist who can help them work through these sensations. I am not a doctor nor do I hold any psychological degree.
I find that this work is most productive - and safest - when students have a reliable support network to fall back on.
If you are interested in scheduling a session with me,
please reach out via my contact page.
What can I expect from a trauma-informed yoga class or session?
That's why in 2016 I co-founded Feet on the Ground.
Building resilience to traumatic experiences takes time, patience and awareness. At Feet on the Ground our goal is to hold space, so our clients can explore the strength and agency already within them.
Together with Samara Andrade, I teach yoga-inspired breath and movement practices to trauma-exposed populations and Trauma-Informed Yoga teacher trainings. We work at shelters, schools, hospitals, aid organizations, studios and more.
I also teach...
...kids and teens in public schools across NYC.
Both on my own and in partnership with Hosh Kids, I teach self-awareness, self-control, and agency through yoga forms, breath practices, and play. While my yoga classes are not called "trauma-informed" specifically, most of the schools where I work are in disenfranchized or impoverished areas. I use TIY practices to help my students access calm, concentration, and empowerment.
...individuals in home and studio settings.
We have all been through little and big difficulties in our lives - experiences that live in our minds, our nerves, our tissues. Whether or not an individual has personally experienced a "traumatic event," practicing yoga in the TIY style promotes self-awareness, interoception, and self-empowerment.