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Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast

Hosted by Stephanie Cunningham, a yoga teacher herself who is committed to sharing yoga with anyone, especially the over 50's. Stephanie created this podcast to share how yoga can be practiced by anyone with amazing benefits. Yoga teachers themselves will share their stories; discussing why they teach, who they teach, how students benefit. Every fortnight or so, we will release a new episode. We will talk with teachers about teaching children, curvy bodies, the elderly but also those that each yoga to support students with diabetes, cancer and mental health issues.
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Mar 21, 2018

1:15 Introduction to Michael Lee

2:15 Michael explains why he has more faith in yoga than ever before. Mental health workers and therapists are now taking yoga therapy training as they see the benefits. Neuroscience research is now supporting the body/mind connection. Research on consciousness. Helping people come into the present and become aware of their own insights.

8:30 In the 1980's there was a great flourishing of yoga therapy (Dean Ornish's study on reversing heart disease with lifestyle changes including yoga, Michael Lee began Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and the International Association of Yoga Therapists began in 1989.) Michael explains his own deep experience with yoga that led to some important insights that he carried with him since he was a child. Michael and other well-known yogis knew that yoga could help even if they didn't know why. 

17:05 About 10 years ago, neuroscience and psychological research started explaining why yoga can help people change. The connection of neuroscience, psychology, yoga philosophy, and Buddhism/mindfulness began to explain what everyone was experiencing.

18:42 The changes in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training over the years. Started as very experiential and has gradually added knowledge components as the research start's clarifying the results of the experiential learning. 

21:16 Michael recently talked to astronauts about the overview effect. As astronauts contemplate the earth when they are in space, they begin to change. They understand that there is one small blue marble that all of us live on and they become much more interested in environmental causes, or philanthropy because they understand the world's fragility.

25:38 What is the future of yoga? Yoga therapy is becoming much more accepted in the medical realm as it becomes a modality for helping cancer surgical patients recover and to help with the changes needed in patients and their caregivers.

Huge increase in interest in yoga therapy in Japan.

30:00 Difference between yoga and yoga therapy. In essence there is little difference but in practice yoga therapy requires deeper knowledge and the skills are quite different.

Contact: 

Email: michael@pyrt.com

Website: www.pyrt.com

Resources:

Bessel Van de Kolk: The Body Keeps Score

Stephen Porges: Polyvagal Theory www.stephenporges.com

Bruce Ecker: Memory Reconciliation to Facilitate Change www.coherencetherapy.com

Lorenzo Cohen: www.vyasahouston/yoga-research/yoga-for-cancer

 

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