Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy with Hansa Knox

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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.

πŸ‘‰ What is Ayurveda Informed Yoga Therapy?

πŸ‘‰ How Hansa uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga therapy practice

πŸ‘‰ The scope of practice for an Ayurveda specialist and a Yoga Therapist

πŸ‘‰ 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

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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. 

Intro To Somatic Yoga with John Sander

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As yoga teachers, we understand the mind/body connection. 

We all probably have personal experience with stress affecting our autonomic nervous system and physical health. 

According to somatic therapy theory, sensations or memories associated with past trauma or other stressful events may become trapped within the body.

Today, we are chatting with John Sander about Somatic Yoga.

πŸ‘‰ What is somatic yoga?

πŸ‘‰ How somatic yoga works.

πŸ‘‰ How is it different than yoga therapy and regular therapy?

πŸ‘‰ Certifications and requirements for somatic yoga?

About John Sander

John became a therapist and a coach to help people navigate the struggles inherent in being human. Given his training and personal experience, he is uniquely qualified to guide and empower you to lead the life that you desire and deserve.

He has been in the business of helping people for 10 years. His training and experience is diverse, with an emphasis on neurobiology, neuroscience, attachment, mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy. He believes in the importance of an integrative approach and supporting you as a whole person. 

In addition to his training as a psychotherapist, he holds two certifications in yoga and one as a personal trainer. He has extensive knowledge of nutrition and understands its importance in emotional and physical wellbeing.

Work with John and invite him to a present as a guest workshop or teacher training presenter:Β  https://www.arraycounseling.com

Key Takeaways

[00:01] Intro to John Sander

[01:21] What is Somatic Yoga?

[03:52] The job of somatic psychotherapy

[06:50] Somatic movements vs. somatic psychotherapy

[07:56] The difference between Yoga Therapy and Somatic Yoga

[09:11] How somatic yoga made John a better yoga teacher

[09:29] Teaching yoga using the guns, the koshas, and becoming more sattvic

[14:25] The subtle body and somatic yoga

[16:28] Music in our yoga classes- distracting or helpful?

[22:58] How to get started working with somatic yoga

[24:10] John’s book recommendations

John’s Book Recommendations:

Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy by Mariana Caplan

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation by Stephen Porges

Getting Our Bodies Back by Christine Caldwell

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Somatic yoga basically emphasizes the practice of internal physical perception or the body as perceived from within. 

The way that we understand ourselves, honestly on a spiritual level, on a personal level, and mostly subconscious level comes out through our bodies.

So the job of somatic psychotherapy is to seek out through the body those pathways that have become either blocked or disconnected, to bring them up, to work with them and to put them back in a more optimal way. 

We’re trying to work to let the body inform the mind instead of the mind inform the body.

We believe that the memories, or the mental state, actually exists in the body first and then it imprints on the mind. 

When we become more embodied, or when we understand how we are from the inside out, we become better teachers. We are more connected to ourselves, more connected to the process, and more compassionate in the way that we put together classes.

The idea in yoga is to become united or free from those things that impede your freedom and walk more freely through the world. 

As a yoga teacher, you have students that encounter the same physical challenges again and again and again. It’s like butting your head up against a wall. And often times it’s not the physical body. There’s so many different layers of emotions and mental states.

As yoga teachers, the words we use, the tones we use, the tone of their voice affects the physical experience of our students and it’s literally processed in the lens of safe or not safe. Right? So we’re actually creating an experience for people that we don’t have a ton of control over, but we can be more conscious of what our impact can be on people simply by opening our mouth. 

I have a vision for what the human race can be and what I would love people to feel in their lives. And I think that in order to get there, it has to start moving beyond the distraction and beyond the outer layers and into the inner stuff. And that takes slowing down and less intensity. 

What is Yoga Therapy? with Angie Noe

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What is Yoga Therapy?

This is one of the most common questions that I hear discussed in online groups.

Today, Angie Noe, an IAYT Yoga Therapist, will talk about yoga therapy and answer all of your questions surrounding this field of yoga!

πŸ‘‰ What is the difference between a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher offering private sessions?

πŸ‘‰ What is the scope of a yoga therapist?

πŸ‘‰ Who should be a yoga therapist?

πŸ‘‰ Where do yoga therapists work?

πŸ‘‰ How to find a yoga therapy school

πŸ‘‰ What is IAYT???

Tune in every Wednesday at 2PM for our FREE FB LIVE series with Yoga Teachers of Colorado.

RSVP receive a reminder FB message: https://www.facebook.com/events/371137380168968/

About Angie:

Angie Noe is a fun-loving human being who has a heart and a passion for serving and helping others.

She is a native to Colorado, and her passion is to help others in all stages of their life. As a Yoga Therapist, Angie has completed over 2100 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy with esteemed teachers like Hansa Knox and Nischala Joy Devi. She adapts yoga practices to the needs of the individuals for specific issues that cannot be addressed in a traditional Yoga class.

Angie was also asked to be an assistant to Nischala Joy Devi in July 2015 for a β€œYoga of the Heart” program in West Virginia in Yogaville. What an amazing experience it was to help her teacher and be of service. Nischala Joy Devi gave Angie a spiritual name of Anandi, which was received with both love and gratitude.

Listening to this CD is like having a personal storyteller in your bedroom, calming your mind chatter and soothing you to sleep and deep relaxation. Yes Please! 


Key Takeaways

[00:44] Introducing Angie

[02:06] What is the difference between Yoga Therapy and a yoga teacher offering private sessions?

[05:55] What does it take to become a yoga therapist?

[07:25] What is IAYT?

[08:37] What is the scope of a yoga therapist? What type of clients do yoga therapists work with?

[10:36] What is the difference between a yoga therapist and a physical therapist?

[12:38] Who do you think should consider becoming a yoga therapist?

[16:02] Some of the client’s Angie’s worked with in the past.

[18:01] A list of some of the tools in a yoga therapist’s toolbox.Β 

Quotes from this episode

Yoga therapists can work with physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual issues.

{The difference between physical therapy and yoga therapy.} We’re more than just this body. Our mental state affects our body, our emotional state affects our body, our spirit affects our body. Yoga Therapy looks at the whole person and how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies work together to create harmony and pain-free living within. 

{Who should be a yoga therapist?} I think anybody that wants to go beyond being a yoga teacher and wants to  help people heal on many different levels. For myself, I loved what Yoga did for me mentally and physically and I knew that there was so much more to this than just being a teacher. And so I was exploring and I was just like a sponge wanting to learn to help so I could facilitate others on their healing journey.

I really think that if you are looking to be in the yoga industry and make this your career, yoga therapy is going to be that more professional level where you can work in hospitals, you can work more in rehabilitation programs, you can work in prisons, you can work with more special populations. 

As yoga therapists, you have to be able to listen. Not just pretend like you’re listening, but actively listen and be compassionate and be there for your clients.

A list of SOME of the tools you may learn in an IAYT yoga therapy training:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Pranayama
  • Asana
  • Mudra
  • Meditation
  • Guided meditation
  • Self-inquiry
  • Mantra
  • Bija sounds
  • Marma points
  • Color therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Music
  • Taste therapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Vastu
  • Joytisa