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9781594772511

The Therapeutic Yoga Kit

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    9781594772511

  • ISBN10:

    1594772517

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-05
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Pr
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Summary

A therapeutic yin practice that activates the body’s self-healing potential through total relaxation and stillness

• Presents gentle, adapted postures to promote recovery from injury and illness and relief from stress and fatigue

• Includes transitional yoga movements and stretches to perform between the postures to release stiffness and lubricate the muscles

• Contains a deck of 16 posture cards and a 75-minute audio CD of guided practice

In The Therapeutic Yoga Kit, Cheri Clampett and Biff Mithoefer combine the gentle healing of Therapeutic Yoga and the quiet awareness of a yin practice to present 16 gentle postures that relieve stress and fatigue and promote recovery from injury and illness. Therapeutic Yoga is a blend of Restorative Yoga, gentle yoga, breathwork, and meditation that releases the body from the fight-or-flight response caused by traumatic events and life’s everyday stresses. A yin practice encourages the attitude of acceptance and helps us leave behind our yang need for constant striving and action.

Each pose represents a gentle, adapted posture that is held for 10 minutes or more in a fully supported state. The authors also include transitional yoga movements and stretches to perform during the routine to release stiffness, rejuvenate the muscles, and lubricate the joints. The 16 posture cards and 75-minute audio CD of guided routines and meditations that accompany the text facilitate the creation of a personalized practice. The authors emphasize achieving total relaxation in the specific postures to activate the body’s self-healing abilities. It is in this place of comfort and stillness where true healing begins.

Author Biography

Cheri Clampett is the creator of Therapeutic Yoga and the founder/director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program. She teaches at yoga and wellness centers throughout the United States, including the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, and lives in California. Biff Mithoefer leads Yin Yoga workshops at Omega Institute, Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, and throughout the United States. The author of The Yin Yoga Kit, he lives in Vermont.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Fred Kass, M.D.

INTRODUCTION


Part 1    The Principles of Therapeutic Yoga

THE ANCIENT PRACTICE OF SELF-CARE

THE STRESS RESPONSE AND ITS ANTIDOTE--RELAXATION

How Chronic Stress Affects Your Health

Relaxation: The Antidote to Stress

THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC YOGA

Stretching

Structure and Function

Emotional Structure

Energy

THERAPEUTIC YOGA AND MEDITATION

How to Meditate

Thanh Thuy’s Apple Juice

THE PRACTICE OF ACCEPTANCE


Part 2    The Practice of Therapeutic Yoga


PRACTICING THERAPEUTIC YOGA

Creating a Healing Environment

Comfort and Surrender

Restorative Yoga

The Use of Props

Gentle Yoga

DESIGNING YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE

How to Use the Therapeutic Yoga CD

How to Use the Therapeutic Yoga Cards

THE THERAPEUTIC YOGA POSTURES

Sequencing Postures in Your Practice

Mountain Brook

Supported Reclining Pose

Supported Bridge

Resting Butterfly

Resting Saddle

Supported Child’s Pose

Resting Dragonfly

Forward Resting Butterfly

Resting Swan

Supported Spinal Twist

Elevated Twist

Resting Half Moon

Waterfall

Supported Final Relaxation Pose

Relaxation Pose with Legs Elevated

Side-Lying Resting Pose


Part 3    Yoga as a Healing Practice


WHAT IS HEALING AND WHO IS THE HEALER?

BREATH WORK

Breath Awareness

The Mechanics of Breathing

SELF-MASSAGE AND HANDS ON SELF-HEALING

Gentle Yoga Movements for Self-Massage

Ayurvedic Self-Massage

Healing and Balancing Massage

Massage Techniques

GUIDED MEDITATION

Your Body as a Healing Garden

Relax and Let Go

The Meridian/Chakra Meditation

ADDRESSING INJURY AND ILLNESS

The Spine

Gentle Yoga for the Spine

The Neck

Gentle Yoga for the Neck

The Joints

Gentle Yoga for the Hips

Cancer

Scar Tissue and Adhesions

Appendix 1. Some Sample Practices

Appendix 2. Therapeutic Yoga and Yin Yoga

Appendix 3. Energy Flow in the

Meridians and Chakras

Appendix 4. Therapeutic Yoga and Pregnancy

A Short Glossary of Muscles, Bones, and Medical Conditions

Resources

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

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