How is therapeutic yoga different than other types of yoga?


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Oct 17

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How is therapeutic yoga different than other types of yoga?

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How is therapeutic yoga different than other types of yoga?  An interview with Susan Turtletaub,LMP,E-RYT

At ALIGN360, we infuse yoga postures with somatic movement

What I like about yoga as a therapy is that you have to show up and do the work. By the time you get to the end of a yoga class, you’ve experienced change. In a practitioner-client relationship, I will assess if your range of motion is better after we work together. I also want YOU to notice what’s different or better. I’m interested in interaction. I want you to have a conscious reaction to what we did.
When I can empower you to experience the change we’ve achieved, that’s bodywork. When a client recognizes the change and asks what’s next, we’ve accomplished something.

Yoga postures are complex and not natural to your body

Yoga is an ancient practice started in India. It has a specific structure. The postures are very complex forms. It is unlike meditative practices such as tai chi that are based on a walking pattern. Yoga doesn’t have that predisposition. Yoga forms are not natural to your body. They are contrived and they are contrived for a reason. Yoga forms were developed to influence the body’s structure… physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically spiritually… and in some senses, change it. Because the postures are so complex, they can be difficult for any human to achieve. This is both thrilling and disarming.

Somatic movement is how the body moves naturally

Somatic movement, on the other hand, is a western practice. All forms of somatic movement look at the neuromuscular connection. Meaning the brain and the body. The brain sends messages to the body and the body sends messages to the brain. Every cell in the body has consciousness. Somatic movement is interested in this connection, the neuromuscular pathways, how we move from cradle to grave… how our movements change in life, as we age.

Restorative yoga gives back what you’ve lost

Implicit in its name, you can do restorative yoga if you’re recovering from the flu, have an injury or chronic illness. You can do this. Trust me to guide you and meet you where you are. Read more about what bodywork is, and what it is not, here.
With restorative yoga: You’re not taking energy out of your energy bank account, you’re putting it back in, you’re replenishing.  And/or: We schedule individual therapeutic yoga sessions so we can customize the practice to what your body needs.