Yoga Therapy – The Amrit Method of Body Psychology
Learn About This Practice
Life is energy. It is meant to flow through us, each time leaving us broader, richer and more evolved for having known it. When we experience more intensity than we can handle, we shut this process down. Experiences come, but they do not go. Resisted experiences do not disappear. They circulate in on themselves and eventually move into density, becoming a block – showing up as the lens through which we perceive life, acting as a cramp in energy flow–compromising immune capacity, vitality, and even affecting the physical and cellular structure of the body.
In short, we end up visibly wearing our problems rather than invisibly resolving them. This style of yoga therapy is distinct in that it works at the subtle root causes to assist in the resolution of visible symptoms. Yoga therapy is designed to locate and release physically, mentally and emotionally- held tensions, allowing for:
• Improved posture and range of motion*
• Reduction of chronic pain*
• Release of chronic tension*
• Changes in habitual patterns of standing and sitting
• Long term restoration of body function after injury or surgery*
• Increased energy*
• Mental clarity*
• Emotional balance*
• Transformation of unhealthy thinking patterns*
• Release of past pre-programming at subtle and gross levels*
Typically, the body becomes the repository of the physical, mental and emotional tensions. Subtle tensions move from steam to water to ice; affecting thoughts and emotions, creating areas of tension, limitation and pain– affecting our breath, posture, health, stress level, sleep and digestion. Even when we have a purely physical injury, our fears, worries, and tensions will tend to accumulate around the weakest point of the body. This can cause areas of chronic pain, weakness or tightness, limiting our range of motion and affecting the way we sit, stand and sleep.
*Results may vary from person to person
Prana carries out healing at three levels:
- Accelerated healing of injury, dis-ease and excess tension.*
- Detoxification of physical and mental impurities which the body no longer needs*
- Return to a being state, where the easy flow of energy in the body allows you be in flow with life.
**Results may vary from person to person
Restoring with Prana
A doctor does not heal. The best a doctor can do is create the best environment in which healing can happen. It is prana that does the healing. Yoga Therapy is designed to create the optimal environment in which prana is free to heal the organism.
Journey into advanced practices of yoga therapy including:
- New and Advanced Poses
- Advanced Facilitation Techniques
- Skill Refinement, Review and Practice
- Pre-designed Sequences
- How to put together a Yoga Therapy Session for clients
Can I do this program for myself?
Absolutely. This program is not only educational, but experientially based. You will receive a lot of insights and openings as a result of this training.
Will I learn specific tools to help people with medical conditions?
There are various types of yoga therapy. This one is centered around the emotional/energetic components of holding in the body and releasing at the root cause level rather than the symptom level. This style of yoga therapy will also be of great benefit to physical conditions, but the theory you will learn is more oriented to the subtle and internal causes of dis-ease in the body.
What are the Origins of this style of Yoga Therapy and how is it unique?
This training is a distillation and culmination of a half century of teachings given by Gurudev, Yogi Amrit Desai. Gurudev, Yogi Amrit Desai, has been a pioneer in the field of yoga since the 1960’s. His work on understanding the body as the warehouse of mental and emotional as well as physical tensions has served as the basis of this training and many of the techniques. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy was created by Michael Lee and inspired by the work of Yogi Amrit Desai. The Wave Work, created by Sandra Scherer and others was also based on his teachings. This training builds on these and other techniques including Yogassage and Contact Yoga, developed by Ken Scott, Restorative Yoga Techniques, and classic non-directive facilitation. This training draws on all these modalities and uniquely combines them to serve the intention of the Amrit Method. This is not therapy. It is not simply about releasing the past through the body. It is ultimately a practice of clearing the obstructions to the True Self with the help of a facilitator who acts as the witnessing presence in which energy is allowed to move. We are consciously freeing prana frozen in incomplete experiences for the purpose of riding that unbounded prana back to the source from which it came. We are completing the incomplete experiences of our lives, not just to feel better, but to again know our true nature as being-ness itself. This approach to yoga therapy is first and foremost a spiritual practice of integrating the human experience back to source. To serve this end, we look at the body as the visible manifestation of invisible causes. Rather than working at the visible effects of invisible causes, this style of yoga therapy is designed to address the invisible roots of dis-ease.
Is it okay to take this program if I have injuries?
This program contains about 60% of elements that are helped by a body that is in good general shape – not recovering from major injuries or surgeries and generally strong. If you are nursing a back injury, I would wait until your back is better to take this program.
How do I get certified?
Upon completion of the training you will need to practice until you feel you have reach a level of competence. Then, you will give 8 GOOD yoga therapy sessions and submit the results to teaching staff for review. You will have 4 months to complete these sessions.
If for some reason you cannot do the entire training at one time, you may ask for an exception, provided space is available. Please note that precedence will be given to those taking the entire training. In this case, you may do up to 4 of your required 8 practice sessions before you come back for part II. In this case you would be using the two sequences you have already learned to complete these four sessions. The remaining four would be completed after completion of the entire training.
If we are not sure of your competence, please note we may ask for a video of your session work for verification.