Take Me To The River Yoga studio and Tampa Yoga Therapy offers Advanced Therapeutic Yoga classes and private sessions. Therapeutic Yoga in contrast to regular yoga classes at the studio are more goal-oriented. Therapeutic Yoga group classes and private sessions are designed to address specific conditions that individuals may be experiencing. Therefore, class series in Therapeutic Yoga might carry the following titles.
Therapeutic Yoga for . . .
- stress and anxiety
- low back issues
- symptoms of depression
- improved mobility
- hip and joint strengthening
- You Name It!
Tish Ganey, C-IAYT at Take Me To The River Yoga studio is a Certified Yoga Therapist and co-designs Advanced Therapeutic Yoga sessions with her clients. As a result class participants are key to providing input into the design and direction of the class. This is because direct communication of one’s personal experience will guide the direction of the class series.
Therapeutic Yoga uses the framework of the Koshas to approach discomfort, lack of mobility, or simply a lack of balance or ease. The Koshas are a yogic concept that describes our experience as having at least five “bodies.” These are five distinct levels of experiencing our world and personal reality.
The 5 Koshas
- Physical Body – Anamayakosha
- Breath/Energy Body – Pranamayakosha
- Psycho/Emotional Body – Manamayakosha
- Witness/Wisdom Body – Vijnanamayakosha
- Bliss Body – Anandamayakosha
Each Kosha exhibits distinct characteristics related to balance. For example when the Pranamayakosha body is out of balance we may be feeling depleted by dealing with people or situations that seem to suck all the energy out of us, creating fatigue and aversion. On the other hand, if most of the time we feel happy and content our Manomayakosha is said to be in balance. The Therapeutic Yoga practice intends to examine the key stressors in our lives and then seeks to develop a practice to create more balance in all five Kosha bodies. Asana, (yoga poses) is one of the more familiar ways we create balance in the Anamayakosha body (the physical body).
In Advanced Therapeutic Yoga there are many “tools” at our disposal to use in class design. This also is a marked difference from the regular or typical yoga class. The sessions draw on the whole range of yogic practice and yoga philosophy. The series format of class allows more time to build on key ideas and practices. A one hour yoga class can be an amazing and transforming experience in itself! Imagine a Therapeutic Yoga series where you take even more time for greater exploration into what is working.
Tish Ganey is a Certified Yoga Therapist. The yoga therapy components of Tish’s practice are based on certification from the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass.. Her certification is recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT.org). They are not derived from her status as a 500 RYT® (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance Registry.