Yoga Therapy and Bodywork (YTB) is a style of yoga developed over 22 years of study in the fields of biomechanics, sports therapy, yoga and massage therapy. Yoga Therapy and Bodywork is a hands on movement and postural therapy education system that combines components of Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy, Iyengar yoga, and a strong understanding of how to efficiently read and adjust a student’s body. Yoga Therapy and Bodywork approaches yoga from the physical layer. Different from a physiotherapist’s approach to healing, Yoga Therapy and Bodywork supports the belief that a pattern in the body can’t be changed until a level of relaxation is reached. There is always compensation in a movement pattern, rather than working to strengthen the weak area we look to relax the tight overused area, coordinate a movement pattern, and then stabilize surrounding muscles. Regardless of your level of yoga practice, you can use imagery and exploration to discover your tension areas that obstruct movement and prevent an even flow of energy throughout the system. It is our belief that until one is able to relate to and understand their body, it is impossible to quiet and focus the mind. Through the parameters of consciously exploring reactions to movement and discomfort one can learn to focus the mind, and quiet the breath while relieving the body of tension and strain.
It is well documented that there are many different ways of learning – visually, auditorily and physically .Yoga Therapy and Bodywork strives to deliver instruction in a format that is multi-faceted to ensure thorough understanding of yoga asana, movement and breath.
It is only through years of experience that a subject as broad as yoga can really be intelligently taught. The teacher has to have first allowed themselves the opportunity to have been a student and only a student. The study of yoga asana needs to be not memorized and regurgitated but practiced, internalized and objectively understood before it can be effectively taught to others.
In many yoga classes adjustments are a component of the teaching system but only a small part. Due to large class numbers, adjustments are gentle suggestions rather than a way for a teacher to show a student his/her bodies’ capabilities. In order for an adjustment to be safe and effective, the teacher must not only have a strong understanding of how to touch a body, but also have a close connection with the student as well as the movement being executed.
Merely” fixing “ an individual’s posture is not our goal This can impose a new more balanced norm and be helpful, but it also runs the risk of establishing a false ideal. There really is no “proper” or universally optimal posture or way of moving, because we will never use our bodies symmetrically . Resilience and vitality come not from preserving ideal postures but from constantly renewed challenge and change.