Global Yoga Therapy Day 2019

Today is Global Yoga Therapy Day!

This is a day where Yoga Therapists worldwide get together to share their skills and experience to help people through the power of yoga therapy.
Yoga therapy is more than just yoga, yoga therapists work with their clients to create a practice that can help them with a wide range of symptoms and conditions such as functional disorders (IBS, Fibromyalgia etc), migraines/headaches, insomnia, addiction, stress/mental health, physical injuries and restrictions and much more.
In a typical yoga therapy session you would be expected to complete a thorough health questionnaire, which the therapist will go through with you. The therapist will then complete a postural assessment and then watch you breathe and then move. After that they will create with you a personalised practice which can include a variety of techniques such as meditation, asana, pranayama and mantra, whatever is needed and whatever YOU feel works. This practice is then scribed (or maybe videod) for you so that you can practice at home at an agreed time.

Come to my yoga for stress class today and every Wednesday @triyoga Camden 2.15-3.30 to experience some of the techniques I may use in a yoga therapy 1-1. Alternatively book in with me before the end of August for a 1-1 yoga therapy session in my triyoga clinics Wednesday and Friday 5-9pm and Sunday 3.30-7.30pm and get a 25% discount!
You can also see me for yoga therapy at Workshop Gymnasium at The Bulgari Hotel and BodySPace Knightsbridge and Chelsea.
There are lots of free resources available online, visit https://globalyogatherapyday.com/ 
and work with esteemed teachers such as Lisa Kaley-Isley (my yoga therapy teacher), Heather Mason, Richard Miller and Gary Kraftsow.
Please follow this link to my YouTube channel for more yoga therapy resources and make sure you subscribe as more videos are coming soon.
Enjoy!

It’s Stress Awareness Month 2019!

In honour of this I’ll be posting some videos specifically on how yoga can help reduce and manage stress. Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog on yoga for stress @triyoga‘s website and please let me know how you like my Prana Vayu video below. 

Does Foam Rolling Work?

In a recent study* published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 26 (14 female, 12 male) healthy adults completed 3 sessions of foam rolling.

The participants rolled at a rate of 30 rolls a minute for 3 sets with 30s of rest between sets.
Results showed that the control group (who didn’t foam roll) had a decreased range of montion (ROM) by 2% and the two groups who foam rolled had an increased range of motion of up to 14%

So to help improve your range of motion after exercise, foam rolling works!

See my youtube vid on how to use a foam roller and get rolling!

The control session consisted of a 5 min warm up on a cycle ergonometer and immediately after this had their passive hip adduction range of motion (ROM) assessed bilaterally using the modified Ober’s test. They then sat on a chair for 3 min before being retested.
For the active (AFR) and passive (PFR) foam rolling sessions the procedure was the same with the exception of the participants foam rolling instead of resting.
PFR increased ROM by 11% and AFR by 14%.
The terminology used in this paper is a little unusual as the difference between what they describe as active and passive (AFR & PFR) is that one is rolling the glutes and the other is rolling the ITB. For me active foam rolling is changing the length of the muscle whilst rolling on it e.g. flexing/extending the knee whilst rolling the IT band which I demonstrate on my Youtube video.

*The effect of an acute bout of foam rolling on hip range of motion on different tissues. Hall M, Chadwick Smith J. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 2018:13 (4):652-650