An interview with the founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Michael Lee about how yoga therapy can help people to heal lifelong patterns that hold them back in life. Michael suggests that when we experience emotional tension associated with difficult life events, we also experience physical tension. [Read more…]
An interview with senior yoga teacher and author, Amy Weintraub about her own experience of depression and how yoga helped her get off medication and live in a more joyous, passionate and heartfelt way. Amy describes how yoga helps with depression on all levels, biologically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. She refers to studies [Read more…]
An interview with author Susan Conley about her experience of coping with breast cancer in China, while parenting two young boys. Susan describes how writing helped her work through her deep fear and sadness about her boys possibly not having a mother. She also talks about “pre-writing” and how she had struggled with resentment of those without cancer, and how that dissipated through the act of writing itself. Susan describes her decision to write as honestly as possible, exposing less than ideal parenting, or spousal moments as part of her story. We end the interview with a discussion of the Telling Room, which Susan co-founded. She describes the ways that supporting children to write and tell their story can give them a powerful new sense of identity and of being heard and valued. Susan’s book is, The Foremost Good Fortune.
An interview with author and trainer, Tom Wootton about his transition from Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar In Order. Tom describes how current treatment paradigms teach people to view their highs an lows as problems to be gotten rid of, and that it is possible with training and skills development to stay aware of intense moods while experiencing them as a beautiful part of life. He describes the difference between the feelings of depression and the behaviors in reaction to it, like staying in bed, or attempting suicide. He describes the way that he begins to help people find value in depression and mania and learn to see each state as an opportunity for growth and non-reactivity.
An interview with yoga teacher Matthew Sanford about what he learned from being present to and listening to the silence of his paralyzed body. Matthew describes how yoga has helped him reconnect with his body after the terrible car accident which also killed his father and sister. His practice of yoga has helped him experience the strength that comes from being present to all his feelings of vulnerability. He now teaches adaptive yoga to those with and without disabilities, and hopes to revision the entire way that rehabilitative medicine works with trauma survivors to re-engage with their bodies. He can be reached through www.matthewsanford.com