Ananda Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Therapist Training

Ananda Yoga For Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

A research study at The Expanding Light that looked at the effects of a comprehensive, 4-month Ananda Yoga program was recently published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  Twenty-four people with MS participated in an intensive Ananda Yoga training, followed by 17 weeks of home practice that included Energization Exercises, Ananda Yoga postures, affirmations, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation.  … Read More

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Ananda Yoga – Part 2

Mangala is an Ananda Yoga teacher, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, a Nurse Practitioner, and an Ananda minister/ lightbearer. Part 1 of this article covered some of the basics of Ayurveda, including sketches of the three doshas, how they are related to the five elements, and how the doshas manifest in us. Now we will begin to explore the Ayurvedic constitution … Read More

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Update on Ananda Yoga Therapist Training

Important: If you’re thinking of becoming an Ananda Yoga Therapist, we recommend that you enroll in the program by December, 2013. Why this year? Read on. Our Ananda Yoga Therapy Training is continuing to grow dynamically. We now have about 25 yoga teachers enrolled in the program. One student has already received Level 1 certification, and 3 others have completed … Read More

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Isometric Strengthening of the Vastus Medialis

Start by sitting against a wall with legs extended in front, and with a blanket or sticky mat rolled up under the knees (see photo). The roll under the knees is very important as it prevents hyperextension while contracting the quadriceps muscles, and is helpful in initially locating the vastus medialis (the VM). Place your fingertips about one inch above … Read More

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Ananda Yoga – Part 1

Mangala is an Ananda Yoga teacher, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, a Nurse Practitioner, and an Ananda minister/ lightbearer. Question: Is it time for me to learn more about Ayurveda? How would it enhance my teaching of Ananda Yoga to do so? Answer: Yes! By learning the basics of Ayurveda as it relates to the practice of hatha yoga and meditation, … Read More

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Healthy Hips in Hatha Yoga

Ask anyone — even a doctor — to put their hands on their hips, and chances are that all hands will go to their waists. Ask new yoga students to stand with their feet hip-joint distance apart, and you’ll see the legs widen beyond the typical, anatomically correct distance of 3 – 4 inches. Sadly, you’ll see some (yes, mostly … Read More

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Yoga after a Hip Replacement By Maitri Jones

A tutorial for Yoga Teachers Have you ever had a student come to your class, having recently had a total hip replacement, and tell you her doctor gave her no restrictions in movement whatsoever, encouraging her to do whatever she likes? It can and does happen — and you’re right if you’re suspicious as to whether the doctor is giving … Read More

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Thoughts on Lengthening Ligaments

Question: We’ve been told not to stretch ligaments, lest we compromise their vital skeletal support function. Haven’t you said that sometimes it is desirable to stretch them? Craig: This is tricky. We have to remember that as flexibility increases, stability decreases — the two are in a direct inverse relationship. Over-stretching and creating a joint that moves too much — … Read More

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What Is Therapeutic Yoga?

What is “therapeutic yoga”? Is it just the latest yoga marketing hype? After all, isn’t all yoga therapeutic by nature? I was asked to write about this for two reasons: First, many people want to know more about the Therapeutic Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training programs that I’m teaching at The Expanding Light. Second, the whole subject of yoga therapy has become a … Read More

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Can Being Too Flexible Be Harmful?

In When Does Flexible Start to Mean Harmful?, Lorraine Kreahling asks, Does too much stretching cause injuries? Ten to twenty years ago, when I was teaching yoga in San Francisco, one rarely heard of people being injured from practicing yoga. During this time I worked both as a chiropractic assistant and in sports medicine research. To the extent that we saw yoga … Read More