Yoga Therapy is unique style of integrative bodywork and restorative yoga. Using a combination of focused meditations and gravity-supported, static poses held by the facilitator, or with the use of the wall or props , you will learn how to surface and release blockages held in body zones such as legs, buttocks, hamstrings, heart and shoulders. Yoga therapy is an ideal option for clients who want to open and purify the mind-body complex with deeper and more lasting impact than attending a standard yoga class.
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
Physical limitation or emotional holding appears at the edge in a pose. Using gravity supported, static poses held by the facilitator, or with the use of the wall or props , you will learn how to surface and release blockages held in body zones such as legs, buttocks, hamstrings, heart and shoulders. This is much the same process yoga is designed to do, only the support of the facilitator, the floor and props allows for exclusive focus on particular areas of the body without strain or struggle. Instead of you having to be your own coach through the intensity in the body, the facilitator acts as the voice of your witness, coaching you to stay open, breathe and relax in the midst of sensation. Yoga therapy is an ideal option for clients who want to open the body, but who do not want to attend a standard yoga class.
This approach to yoga therapy is designed around the principle of prana – your body’s life force. Yogis believe the energy that heals your body is your spirit. When that energy leaves, the body dies. The same energy that is digesting your food is the spirit in you. It has so much more potential than just keeping us alive. It’s nature is to return us to the source from which it came. That energy, when freed to its catalytic momentum, can carry out deep healing at the subtle levels just as it does at the gross. 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
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.
Upcoming Yoga Therapy Programs
Meet Your Training Faculty
Director of Education, Yogeshwari
Kamini Desai, Ph.D
Over the last 20 years, internationally known Kamini Desai, PhD. has created an exciting and versatile body of teaching, combining western psychology and eastern philosophy. Kamini’s experiential teaching style has been welcomed in over 10 countries around the world. Her proven system of Professional Energy Management has benefitted employees at Sony, KPN Telecom, Mars Confectionery and in the Netherlands government. She is developer of core curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute and currently serves as Director and Lead Teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga Teacher Trainings Level I and Level II as well as the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training with Gurudev.
Senior Yoga Therapy Teacher
Chitra Marie Bailey, Psy. D
“Chitra” Marie Bailey, Psy. D., ERYT-500 is a senior faculty member at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida where she is a trainer in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Professional Trainings. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent many years in her first career as a psychologist. She holds several Amrit Method certifications. A Yogi through and through, Marie fell in love with Amrit Method Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Yoga Therapy in 2009 when she first met Yogi Amrit Desai and his daughter Kamini Desai, Ph. D. Marie is a practicing Yoga Therapist, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Yoga teacher. She currently calls Jacksonville, FL her home.