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Using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga therapists are able to offer a unique and personalized experience for their clients. Today, Hansa Knox explains how she uses Ayurveda in her yoga therapy practice.

👉 What is Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy?

👉 How Hansa uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga therapy practice

👉 The scope of practice for an Ayurveda specialist and a Yoga Therapist

👉 Best ways to learn more about Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy

Today, we are diving right into this topic. If you desire to learn about an intro to Ayurveda or Yoga Therapy check out these links:

About Hansa:

Hansa Knox left the corporate world in 1988 and received her Yoga certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Incorporating her B.S. degree in Behavioral Science, Hansa has been able to develop a keen insight into the collaboration of the Body, Mind, and Spirit. She has studied and integrated diverse body oriented therapies including Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Therapeutic Body work, Body Reading, Health Education, Homeopathy, and Ministry to facilitate Spirit connection. She is a Holistic Lifestyle Facilitator and her therapeutic work integrates Yoga Therapy and Massage.

She holds an advisory position for the International Association of Yoga Therapy and is a member and past president of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers of Colorado. She is on the Board and acts as the Executive Director for SANGA, an educational non-profit organization. 

Hansa is the Director of PranaYoga & Ayurveda Mandala in Denver. She is a VERY experienced teacher and leads programs in Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Modules and the Yoga Therapy Training.

Check out Hansa online: http://www.pyamandala.com

Key Takeaways

[00:15] About Hansa Knox

[01:32] What is Ayurveda and what is Yoga Therapy?

[03:14] Our 3 different constitutions – Vata, Pitta & Kapha

[04:47] Different diseases, mentalities and more for different dosa’s

[06:55] Allison’s personal & professional growth from learning about Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy with Hansa

[10:09] Different asana and meditation practices for each dosa

[12:41] The difference between an Ayurveda specialist and Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy

[13:41] Just listen to this- there’s too much good information here to type 🤩

[17:19] How to learn more about Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy

[22:06} Cold water- why you shouldn’t drink it

National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)

Colorado Ayurveda Medical Association Conference

Upcoming Workshops at Prana Yoga and Ayurveda Mandala

9.14- Ayurvedic Tonics with Helgrid Randolph

10.19- Cooking for the Phases of Life with Ayurveda

Quotes from this episode

Our goal in Yoga therapy is to draw people back into their wholeness. We forget about our connection to spirit and the body starts calling. Ayurveda is important because it’s the body component, the anatomical body, that also gets out of whack. 

I think the greatest gift that yoga therapists can give is to say, “this has been awesome. Come back when you need me.” The less I see you, the more successful I probably was. 

Because it’s yoga therapy and Ayurveda, it’s about self-care and awareness.

Each Dosha has balancing asana practices, balancing pranayama practices, and balancing meditations.

When someone comes in for Ayurveda, I’m looking at your anatomical aspects and putting pieces together from there. Yoga, on the other hand, if we really look at the classical texts, it’s about our spiritual evolvement. So what we’re going to be looking at is where did you separate yourself from the spiritual connection to the higher self and then how did that begin to manifest in the body because that spiritual connection is going to manifest usually based on the Dosha. 

So now as a yoga therapist, I’m going to be looking at how the body transferred that information into the posture that it’s carrying. 

Ayurveda is going to show how it’s showing up in the body and yoga is going to say “here’s the story behind it.”

Yoga therapy is a way that opens the door for expanded self. 


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