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madeline_sweet2010-07-04 12:50:04 +0000 #1
Hello! I would like to learn more about Yoga as Therapy. It seems like most of the Yoga training around here {Portland, OR} is for Hard-core Power Yoga types. I enjoy that flavor of yoga now and then - but I'm much more interested in Restorative Yoga {and possibly Yin yoga -- I am learning more about that}. What is the deal with ALL of the Teacher Training for the Bikram types? I like my yoga gentle - not the super-athlete sort of yoga. It's kind of turning me off, actually.

Is Kripalu a more gentle brand of yoga?

Thanks for any info - Madeline.
core7892010-07-04 13:02:48 +0000 #2
I don't get alll the fuss about bikram yoga judging by post counts in other forums, though i've never tried it.

I too have always liked my yoga gentle even when it was dynamic and maybe akin to jivamukti (i think that might be the label). The one-pointedness, focused mind and meditiative yoga, like holding poses much much longer ( sivananda) seemed to produce the deeper results and effect the therapeutic changes. No disrespect to heated bikram or quick vinyasa but i think my main problem with quick dynamic is my mind fails to keep up so there is little or no integration with the body. And ii need some help here

And i guess bikram might work therapeutically for some, with the heat and the consequent cardio and other effects this medicates, but for alot of folk llooking for physical therapy and this makes them feel worse i suspect they might be better off with some other sort. Maybe you could

come up with a heated yin-type yoga( call it whatever though i don't know enough about bikram to make informed comment) I've heard all thelegal wrangle stuff whiich is not good PR, though i won't even go there , though i just have. Does'nt help it's image.What is yoga?

I thought i heard soomewhere too much heat was not desirable though sayig that asana is traditionally practiced in india where the temp. is pretty heated and proably the same or similar.

I went to india on my own when i was 19, a comparative youngster and toured the himalayas.Amazing! It sounds like it might be , i think, very romanticto go there to learn the deeper asana and broaden your practice,perhaps stay in an ashram etc.(Though aobviously you would be effecting changes in yourself through doing real work on yourself!.) I hear the instruction and depth is very gd and high quality from what i haveread.
Pandara2010-07-04 13:11:28 +0000 #3
Hi Madeline,

I am also very interested in yoga as therapy, but wouldn't give myself out as a therapist, but do a lot of reading. The book by Mukunda on Structural Yoga Therapy is a good start and I have learned so much already.

Personally I feel yoga as therapy should be separate from this or that type of yoga. Point is people land in front of you and some of them do Sivanada, others do Bikram and another might do Ashtanga, so for me yoga as therapy should be independent from any style or school of yoga, and should embrace the thrapeutic aspects of yoga and allow the patient to integrate it for him- or herself in their own style of yoga.

Just my view on this, some of the yoga therapists here on the forum might give more insight.
xela2010-07-04 13:33:09 +0000 #4
I've heard great things about viniyoga and kripalu.
tommyd2010-07-04 14:44:38 +0000 #5
anybody watch inhale on oxygen ?

i would like ur opinions on where that fits in ~ power yoga or not ?

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