Yoga is more popular now than ever. The benefits are recognized worldwide, and athletes and therapists rely on the practice. Yet its appeal is as varied as those who practice it. Regardless of your activity level and fitness background, yoga is truly for you.
Yoga Therapy: A Personalized Approach for Your Active Lifestyle will help you see your daily activities in a new light by giving you a new understanding of movement. Whether playing sports or exercising for fitness, you’ll recognize your movement patterns and identify the poses to make them more efficient. With detailed instructions and photos, you’ll be guided through the exercises, breathing, and visualization techniques to improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Comprehensive and accessible, Yoga Therapy demonstrates the most effective poses for mobility, strength, recovery, and balance as well as techniques to aid relaxation and help with stress management.
Introduction: A Story of Collaboration, Innovation, and Perspective
Part I: Fundamentals of Yoga Therapy
Chapter 1: What Is Yoga Therapy?
Chapter 2: Training Movements
Chapter 3: Connecting Brain to Body
Chapter 4: Developing Focus
Part II: Foundations of Practice
Chapter 5: Basic Practices and Props
Chapter 6: Breathing and Relaxation
Chapter 7: Preventing Injury
Part III: Poses for Lifelong Fitness
Chapter 8: Intentions and Connections
Chapter 9: Spinal Movement Poses
Chapter 10: Variations on Traditional Poses
Chapter 11: Maintaining Fitness and Activity Levels
Kristen Butera, a professional yoga teacher and yoga therapist, is the co-owner of the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is the editor of the regional magazine Yoga Living. Kristen started studying yoga in the year 2000 and has since accumulated more than 3,500 hours of professional education in a variety of yoga styles and movement modalities. She specializes in training yoga teachers and yoga therapists and is the co-creator of the 250- and 500-hour Teacher Training programs and 820-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training programs at the YogaLife Institute. Kristen is known for creating dynamic and interactive learning environments that empower students of all ages and levels to explore a variety of potential practices and apply yoga lifestyle principles toward living a richer, fuller life.
Staffan Elgelid, PhD, is a physical therapist, Feldenkrais practitioner, and yoga therapist with RYT-500 and C-IAYT certifications. Elgelid has presented internationally on a variety of topics and created programs on core strengthening, including the SmartCore Training DVD. He is an associate professor of physical therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he teaches soft tissue work and health and wellness. Elgelid is a faculty member for the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training program at the YogaLife Institute. He has written several articles on yoga therapy for the International Journal on Yoga Therapy and Yoga Living magazine. He has extensive experience as a presenter and moderator at professional conferences and continuing education workshops. Elgelid is coeditor of Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice, written for clinicians and scholars looking to integrate yoga into the medical and mental health fields.