Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Mat - Time Magazine

During this time of recession, emotions tend to come to the forefront in the oddest places - including the yoga mat.

Recently, Time Magazine noticed a trend and wrote this article: "Psychotherapy goes from Couch to Yoga Mat"

It starts with these words:
"Talk. Share. Cry. Stretch? Psychotherapy has historically been an exercise of the mind, but in the offices of more and more modern-day mental-health providers, emotional healing is taking place not just on the couch but on the yoga mat" . Read the full article here...

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is mentioned as the one yoga therapy which merges the physical and emotional experiences...

"Emotional memories are stored in your body," ... "A group yoga class, is not structured to enable you to process that. Ideally one would want to work with someone who is paying attention to both the physical and emotional experiences."

Explore your emotional edges on the mat. Contact Soleil today...

Turn Stress Into Bliss - A Meditation Circle on Mercer Island

"Turn Stress Into Bill - Meditation Circle

4 Mondays Jan 18 - Feb 8, 2010
7 - 8pm
Includes Soleil's Meditation CD & Podcasts

WHERE: Rose Clinic, Downtown Mercer Island
More info? Contact Soleil

This series is inspired by the book and program, "Turn Stress Into Bliss: The Proven 8 week Program to Health, Relaxation & Stress Relief" by Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy founder, Michael Lee.
Buy the book on Amazon...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Is Yoga a Religion?

I often get asked, "Is Yoga a Religion?" And more specifically, "If I am Christian, can I practice Yoga?"

Because I am not an expert in this field, I invited my colleague, Gaylie Cashman MA, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Spiritual Direction practitioner, to write this article.

For more about Gaylie's practice in Portland, OR, please visit here at www.YourStillSmallVoice.com

Here's what she writes:


Reconciliation of Christianity and Yoga

Let me begin with the concern that yoga is a religion. Yoga is a discipline or system that invites the whole human person to be present, creating the optimal potential of well being. A whole human person is considered body, mind and spirit, so wholeness within the yoga system invites all participants’ personal spiritual beliefs and experiences into the practice. Christians most requently express concern that yoga belongs to Hinduism, perhaps because so many teachings about the benefits and value of yoga are of a Hindu perspective. If only Hinduism’s perspective on yoga is examined, the water can get muddied about what yoga is and is not. While Hinduism is the predominant religion to incorporate yoga, the fact is, yoga has much to offer all of us.

Read the entire article here...

Written by Gaylie Cashman, MA, PRYT