Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

As I prepare to leave this week for a therapeutic yoga training with Rodney Yee, I notice a feeling of dread and overwhelm. I've been traveling to Columbus, Ohio over the last three years to study yoga as a therapy and I'm tired. It's like being in your last year of college and there's just so much going on as you try to meet all of the requirements to graduate. I have three papers still to write, not to mention my current homework and self-practice and seven more trips to Ohio in these last four months. My brain is so tired after a day of learning and practice that I rarely want to go any further than my hotel for dinner or I just end up ordering room service. It's lonely. Yet, I love studying and applying yoga as a therapy, working with clients individually, hosting group classes and assisting in research studies for chronic pain and PTSD at the VA Medical Center. And I see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that all this work is going towards applying to be a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) come January. I've done this before to achieve other designations, but this is much more labor intensive. 
 
The title of this blog post is really from Doug Keller's book of the same name. He is one of my favorite teachers and I just love the way he describes "yoga therapy." In Volume One, page 9, Keller states, "What makes yoga therapy a 'yoga' are not only the language of assessment, tools and practices used, but the fundamental emphasis upon empowering the client to make his or her own paradigm shift toward realignment, through practices which restore and improve health and function." This is the core of what I love about yoga and why I am so passionate about sharing it. And even though being a yoga therapist is an emerging profession, I feel so blessed that I was able to shift my life to follow this career path. 
 
I have lots of plans for expanding awareness of yoga as a therapy in Indianapolis. I'm currently looking at various options to expand our space and our reach as well as coordinating with nonprofits and healthcare professionals to offer therapeutic yoga classes and get referrals. I know when I focus my energy good things come to fruition. But if I'm scattered, then everything swirls around. So, I'm working to refocus on my core mission for Embarque and my passion. I know what is right for me and Embarque will all fall into place after all the swirling stops. 

Alyssa Pfennig