When I quit my job as manager of a physical therapy clinic in the fall of 2002 to combine Yoga with physical therapy, I felt like a fish out of water. It seemed that I was quite possibly the only person in the world doing this work and wasn’t even sure if there was a market for it. But I believed in the healing power of Yoga and against all odds, opened my own practice out of my garage in Ocean Beach, CA.
Now, 11 years later, I find myself in the midst of 450 professionals who integrate Yoga into healing at SYTAR (Symposium on Yoga Therapy & Research) in Boston. While years ago it was just a dream that Yoga Therapy would be a viable profession in the West, after attending the conference a couple of weekends ago, I left with a feeling of certainty that we are moving in that very direction. And fast.
I learned that over 70 hospitals in Sweden are using Yoga as part of their health care program, that Johns Hopkins University is conducting research on Yoga for Arthritis and that many other centers are integrating Yoga into care for a variety of cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic conditions.
I left feeling inspired and part of a larger community of rehab and other medical professionals who embody the full expression of Yoga, not just as a physical discipline, but as a method to change our responses to both physical and emotional pain through neurological repatterning and connection to a higher purpose.
If you are inspired to learn more as well, please join the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org) as we forge new ground and change the face of health care as we know it. It is really happening! And I am so grateful to be a part of it all.
As many of you know, I will be moving to Israel on July 22 (in less than a month!) and would like to assure you that even though I will be far away for most of the year, Embody Physical Therapy & Yoga will continue to spread the work of Yoga as Medicine while I am gone. Nicole Mullins, MPT will act as Clinic Manager in my absence and will see patients along with Jenn Chang, DPT and Alison McLean, DPT. Amanda is our new office manager and can be reached at 619-261-6049 Mondays-Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm.
In addition, I will return next summer to teach 2 big trainings, so save the dates:
- July 17-28, 2014 Yoga for a Happy Back Certification Program (10 day/100 hour intensive) at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, CA
- August 8-10, 2014 Advanced Yoga Anatomy at Yoga One in San Diego, CA