YAMA Foundation of Hong Kong founded by Hersha Chellaram
offers classes and training in:
Accessible yoga for pregnancy, for differently abled children and adults, and training to become a yoga teacher for those with different abilities.
Yoga teacher/therapist must read the class to provide the correct tools to meet the student/clients’ needs.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) combined with the yoga – asanas, breathing, visualisation, and meditation can help find the source of trauma.
Movement can disrupt trauma held in the body.
Have a healthy relationships with emotions like fear. Ignoring emotions stores them in the body.
1:15 Introduction to Yael Sunshine
2:56 Yael explains her classes for those suffering from breast cancer at Nyack Hospital. People can either be physically compromised from surgery or compromised energy from treatments. The yoga teacher/therapist should read the needs of the clients since there will be students all along the spectrum of breast cancer from diagnosis to years after treatment.
6:00 Healthy relationship with fear – Everyone has fear; fear can run you or you can have a relationship with fear. Allow yourself to feel fear (or any strong relationship), having dialogue with self about the emotion. Moving the body expresses/releases strong emotions.
8:45 Yael working with a psychologist uses Internal Family Systems (a type of therapy) based on Richard Schwartz’s work and yoga to help people and sustain change.
16:50 Recovery classes use yoga to physically feel the 12 steps as well as emotionally.
19:10 Take ourselves too seriously in yoga sometimes; need humor.
20:00 Yael contributing to “Your Shift Matters” which is based on the idea that a traumatic event can lead to transformation.
Your Shift Matters: Breakdown to Breakthrough – Dana Zarcone
1:20 Introduction to Charlotta
3:25 Research on how yoga affects young people: Hippocampus .eu Working the with the European Union and includes asylum seekers. Training those who work with young people like social workers, psychologists, teachers. Just started working with refugees in Italy. Syrians are open to yoga while Muslims from Africa can be concerned about religious issues.
6:20 Charlotta works with women in the UAE and has designed some yoga classes sensitive to Islam. The women in the UAE have said that their yoga practice brings them closer to their religion, single gender classes, allow them to express how yoga might challenge or support their religion.
9:42 Pressures and stresses of being a teenager today. 1 in5 14-17 year olds have a diagnosable mental health issue. Suicide is the largest cause of death for males under 21. Social media is impacting health – constantly having to present yourself in a certain way while having a strong desire to belong. Acutely aware of suffering across the globe which can be difficult for young people.
13:40 Yoga’s benefits for young people: their greatest fear is being alone and not belonging. Yoga allows you to be alone with others. Moving, breathing, together but being in your own body.
16:11 Charlotta’s book: “Teen Yoga” a practical handbook on how we can help young people physically, mentally, spiritually (available in August 2018) . Audience for the book is professionals who use yoga as therapy within their professions. But is also good for parents.
18:15 Teen Yoga Foundation - became a charity in 2016. Charlotta started teaching yoga in schools and because of the need, started training others to teach teen yoga. Invited to bring her teach in orphanages in Sierra Leone for children that had been traumatized. Invited to Kashmir. Will be working in Johannesburg in the townships. All of these places are hoping that yoga will cultivate inner peace which will then lead to outer peace and stop the fighting that these different countries have experienced.
24:50 Teenagers are disembodied – Psychologists almost always say that teenagers are disembodied; their bodies are not their friends. They look at themselves from the outside. Leads to less satisfying relationships, not knowing what emotions are (since they live in the body) they can’t get what they want. Yoga brings inner peace and self-acceptance
28:15 Have just launched the beta version of a yoga app for teenagers. Allows them to do yoga without having to go to classes. It should be available in 2019. Anyone wanting to know more about the foundation, especially young people, can contact Charlotta through her website. They always need more resources: people, money, assistance.
FB, Instagram: teenyogamindfulness
Book: “Teen Yoga” – Amazon – available August, 2018.
Marsha Danzig – Yoga for Amputees
1:15 Introduction of Marsha
2:35 Yoga for Amputees – classes, yoga teacher training for teaching amputees. The basis of the classes and training is: every person is whole. Amputees may not feel whole physically, emotionally or mentally. Maybe stared at often. Takes effort everyday. Need resilience.
7:37 Marsha’s journey: starting teaching classes for “normal” people but attracted students with challenges. Students started asking for her help for their family, friends. Started teaching yoga for kids with challenges. Offered classes for veterans and gave workshops on that topic. The workshops grew into training because of the demand.
Yoga for amputees has been celebrated as one of 13 top programs for adaptive yoga for DoYouYoga.com
13:40 “Yoga for Amputees” – Marsha’s book will be published soon and it is quite complete: includes types of amputations, prostheses, adapting to amputations, chapter for clinicians and developing a patient care plan including yoga
Continued learning and client is the expert on what will work for them
16:00 How to make an amputee feel comfortable in class Teach to capabilities and the highest possibilities. Your belief in their ability to do yoga will make them believe it also. Amputees are inventive and creative, since they will be faced with new situations every day and have to figure out how to adjust. Don’t put hands on the prosthesis. Amputees practice mindfulness daily as they must be very aware of the situation and how their body will react.
23:02 Teacher training for teaching amputees. On-line course for trainees worldwide. With online weekly classes, trainees have more time to absorb the information. For teachers that may need help with a student with an amputation, Marsha provides consultations to develop the teacher’s expertise in providing yoga for that student.
25:57 “From the Roots: Marsha’s book about her journey. Includes poetry, stories, essays on how to live with long-term illness. Can be ordered from Amazon. Everyone should live daily at their highest essence and create daily.
Website, FB, Instagram: yogaforamputees
1:19 Introduction to Melissa Turnock
2:35 Neurogenic Tremor
4:35 TRE definition
9:32 TRE in a yoga class
12:50 Benefits to students of TRE
17:45 Teach regulation and integration in class
Looking for irregular breathing, eye contact, engage in conversation, stop and start tremors so students know they are in control.