Integrative Yoga Therapy – Newsletter Fall 2012

Hi, I’m sharing with you the work I have been involved in for the last year … it is very similar to my music as it is all about peace and healing.
This work is truly fascinating and I hope to hear what you think.
At the end of the newsletter you will also find an updated list of my class schedule.

INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY
your path to balance

Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT

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Dear friends in yoga,

What a joy it is to share this newsletter with you for the very first time!!
My intention is to share with you my personal journey as a student and teacher of yoga as well as to aid us in exploring the healing discipline of yoga therapy. In addition you will find out about classes, and workshops I teach in Tucson, and about my private practice in yoga therapy.
Thank you for being part of my journey and my learning and I look forward to our path together starting right now. This is what you will find in this newsletter:

• What is Yoga Therapy? – a very short personal summary
• What exactly happens in a Yoga Therapy session?
• Overview of classes with brief descriptions – new class !

I. What is Yoga Therapy?
You are all students of yoga and very much aware of the benefits that yoga has brought into your life. Next to the physical benefits of greater flexibility and strength in your body, you have probably become aware of other more subtler sensations within you, like a sense of peacefulness and relaxation after practice, the awareness and connection of breath in lessening the effects of stress, the concept of equanimity and balance that we can draw upon in difficult times in our lives, and the reality that our essential nature is spirit. All of these insights bring us closer to the understanding of ourselves, that we are so much more than just this physical body, much more than just our thoughts and feelings, but a sum of different elements culminating in our true essence.

Little by little, the lessons of yoga class begin to show up in our lives, and more and more and we see the healing effect of these learnings on ourselves and the people around us. So when I heard about the discipline of yoga therapy, I became very intrigued. As I began this journey and started to use the tools of yoga therapy on myself, I was very touched by the approach of Integrative Yoga Therapy that teaches the therapist to empower the individual to seek out their own healing, their very own path towards balance without having to rely on outside sources.

Yoga is in fact one of the oldest forms of healing therapy, having been practiced for 5000 years now. It is only in recent decades that medical science has started to catch up on the healing capacity of yoga and has verified yoga’s healing effects through scientific study. So yoga therapy is a discipline that has evolved out of combining yoga principles and western medical science. Its methods are tailored specifically to the needs of the person who is perhaps suffering from physical or mental illness or just going through life changes and transitions.

Here is one definition of yoga therapy by my teacher Joseph LePage (Integrative Yoga Therapy):
Yoga therapy is that facet of the ancient science of Yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Yoga therapy focuses on the path of Yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of Yoga: awakening of Spirit, our essential nature.

II. What exactly happens in a Yoga therapy session?

The session is participated in by the client/yoga student and the yoga therapist and begins by an assessment of the client’s conditions and aims.
And as the healing journey is unique to each individual, a specific practice is designed, adapted and modified, using asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), mudra (handgestures), yoga nidra (guided meditation) and meditation, appropriate for the individual with respect to age, culture, religion and specific physical challenges so that optimal health for body and mind can be facilitated.

Here is where you can find us:

PRIVATE SESSIONS

Healing Pathways [map] www.healingpathwaysaz.com/yoga
By appointment through Nasim at (520) 360 4013 or through
the Healing Pathway website above for a time and a practice,
that works for you!

Stone Canyon Fitness [map] www.stonecanyon.com
By appointment through Stone Canyon Fitness Center.
If you are a member, there are 2 classes a week available to you, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 -10 am OR a time that works for you.
PUBLIC CLASSES

NEW!
Alive Fitness [map] www.myalivefitness.com
Soulful Yoga
Mondays 10:00-11:15 am

Hatha yoga with a focus on meditation and personal transformation.
Exploring qualities like peacefulness, fearlessness and vitality through postures, breathing and meditation. Please, bring a blanket.

The Yoga Tree [map] www.theyogatreeaz.com
Yoga Nidra
Mondays, 12:00-12:45 noon

Yoga Nidra can be best translated as “The Sleep of the Yogi”. It is a practice, similar, but far beyond, a guided mediation that allows you to systematically bring about physical, mental and conscious relaxation.
Yoga Nidra can help you learn how to relax, develop self-awareness, change deep-seated habits, allow you to experience positive changes in your sleep patterns, develop a positive and balanced outlook on life, enhance your creativity and manage your stress levels. A regular practice of Yoga Nidra helps to awaken your true nature. You will leave completely relaxed, with more energy and clarity … a beautiful lunchtime practice. You can even come in your regular clothes.

The Yoga Tree [map] www.theyogatreeaz.com
Hatha Yoga, all levels
Wednesdays & Fridays 9:00-10:15 am

Namaste – Nasim

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