Benefits of yoga retreats
Different types of retreats: one day, multi-day, international
Look at the story we tell ourselves about our life
1:30 Introduction to Lauren Maher and Volare Retreats
2:38 Therapeutic Benefits of Retreats
Breaks down barriers between people and barriers within yourself, Brings people into community,Time to be introspective, Longer retreats give you the opportunity to establish a personal practice
6:21 Shorter retreats – asks attendees what they are experiencing to establish a thread to plan the retreat.
International retreats – a chance to leave stress and anxiety behind. Forming support systems, intention to do yoga.
8:27 Benefits articulated by students
Fresh eye and new perspective, Find like-minded friends, Step our of our environment and can make needed changes, Feeds your soul
13:39 Lauren offers a variety of retreats: one day retreats in the LA area, multi-day retreats in California, and longer retreats internationally.
15:01 People choose an international retreat in Lauren’s experience: they are seekers in life, want to partake of the culture, see the art, eat the food, interested in life. They have a spiritual side and also want to do some yoga.
17:07 Lauren’s retreats include yoga but also exploring the culture, the area, the art, wine, and food.
19:39 Retreats give us the time and space to explore the stories we tell ourselves about our life.
23:30 Travel generates resilience.
Yoga website: www.breathedeepyoga.com
Travel website: www.volareretreats.com
SN: Nikola Ellis of Adore Yoga
Yoga Research into Eating Disorders
Research: If and how yoga is beneficial to individuals with eating disorders.
Using western protocols for research
At the beginning, she wanted to research the effect of faulty interoception, objectification, and trauma on the eating disorders. And how yoga may be beneficial.
Standardised the classes so all yoga teachers were essentially teaching the same things in a trauma-informed yoga class.
Asked the yoga teachers and the clinicians there observations of the benefit of yoga.
Outcomes: In addition to the research paper, Nikola developed a series of protocols for giving a yoga class for individuals with eating disorders. These protocols are available at www.adoreyoga.com/blog/
2:07 Yoga Research in the popular press
The number of yoga research projects (in the West) has increased in the last 10 years. The media writes about how yoga helps people with a variety of issues but with little detail about what exactly did the yoga given look like and how did it help the participants. Without this particular information, doing the wrong kind of yoga given the condition may exacerbate the problem.
6:00 Nikola’s guidelines for her research into the effect of yoga on teenagers with eating disorders:
8:10 Nikola found there were three elements that may be involved with why people have eating disorders.
Nikola wasn’t allowed to actually directly measure what happened to the patients that were in the yoga class (it was considered unacceptable to ask very sick children these types of questions).
Modifying the research, the researchers decided to ask the yoga teachers giving the intervention and the clinicians working with the teenagers what they saw as a result of the yoga intervention. Anecdotally, the participants felt it had helped them. The yoga teachers and clinicians also saw improvement and gave very positive feedback.
17:29 The intervention was a 10 week term with one yoga class a week. The yoga teachers were given a template for the classes so that the classes were standardised. It was based on the precepts of trauma-informed yoga and designed using the lenses of yoga therapy. Language is invitational, there were no alignment cues, students were given choice as to how to do the pose within the bounds of safety. Gave students a choice which is very rare during their treatment.
29:50 Outcome: In addition to the research paper, Nikola has designed a set of protocols for yoga teachers or clinicians that want to add yoga to their treatment plans. These protocols are can be accessed on Nikola’s website.
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Working with other professionals to meet the needs of the whole person.
Benefits include better proprioception and social engagement
Collaborate with the family to help special needs children.
1:00 Introduction to Sheelah Rodriguez and Adaptability Yoga
Works in therapy centres, after school settings
Works with different challenges –physical, developmental, and mental challenges of children from toddlers to over 18.
May introduce the same material e.g. super heroes but at different developmental levels.
Class – starts slow, moves to the peak of activity, then down to calmer activities and then relaxation
Uses themes, music, mantras (self-affirmations), poses, meditation, some pranyama in classes
13:15 Work on the whole person
15:30 Collaborate with family and other professionals. Team approach; incorporates yoga concepts to meet the goals for the child set by other professionals.
Experience with other organisations and professionals through her work and has found that the other professionals are quite generous with their knowledge and support
18:30 Benefits to students include better understanding of proprioception, and helps with social engagement.
Highlights: Intensive Yoga Retreats for Cancer Patients
Lee Majewski has created and implements a 3 week intensive for those diagnosed with cancer.
Anyone with the diagnosis, in or finished with treatment can attend the retreats.
Yoga tools are taught to help them with their fear, feeling like a victim and negative thought patterns
6 years of research shows significant benefits for the attendees.
1:16 Introduction to Lee Majewski
3:15 Created a 3 week Intensive Retreat for Cancer Sufferers. Based on her own experience of cancer. There is a gap in care for cancer patients in that during or after the medical treatments there is no support or resources for dealing with the effects of the diagnosis or treatments.
6:20 Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or finished with treatments of any type of cancer is eligible to attend the retreat. Each attendee develops with the facilatators their unique practice. Small groups
7:40 A typical day:
Asana and pranayama early, yoga lecture, pranayama and meditation, restorative yoga with mudras/guided meditation, yoga nidra. Chanting. Each is developing their own practice using tools they need to help them with their cancer journey.
10:45 Lee has done research on the effects of the retreat. Attendees take standardised psychological tests the first day, the last day and 3 months after. They have recently added tests at 6 months and 12 months post-retreat. They have 6 years of data.
14:00 Attendees Benefits: given back their control and lose their victim status. Many feel fear and/or depression. The tests show marked decrease in depression over the course of the retreat.
17:00 Structure of the retreat
First week: getting used to the place, diet, techniques, yoga and the other attendees.
Second week: Face their own fears, give them tools to help with these fears
Third week: Learn to manage their thought patterns. Establish their own unique practices and how to find time to do the practices daily.
23:10 Lee has also designed a chronic disease retreat based on the same organisation.
25:37 Lee is looking for other yoga therapists to help her spread these retreats to other English speaking countries and then worldwide.