If you have a spine, this book is for you. Seriously!
If you are living with back pain, spasm, or instability, Nydia Darby created this Therapeutic Yoga program especially for you.
In this Therapeutic Yoga Works practice, Nydia presents her gentle approach to wellness that is influenced by the melding of physical therapy, fitness, and yoga practices that she has learned, led, taught, shared, and embodied over the last 40 years—the Therapeutic Astanga Method © , also referred to as “therapeutic yoga.”
You don’t need any special equipment or clothes, and you don’t need to be flexible or have any previous yoga or fitness experience. Nydia developed this breath-centered therapeutic practice to be accessible and modifiable to meet the needs of many different people because she recognizes that everyone comes to the practice with their own unique experiences, backgrounds, and abilities. While she directed this book to those suffering from back pain, anyone interested in improving their whole mind, body, and spirit health and long-term functional mobility will find this book valuable.
Nydia invites you to begin a therapeutic yoga practice with her, whether you want to free yourself from pain and get your life back or want to invest in your long-term health, well-being, and mobility. You will be glad that you did! Get started now!
If you are on this website, you have been reading my book, “THERAPEUTIC YOGA WORKS: A Gentle Approach to Eliminating Back Pain and Improving Functional Mobility for Life.” In this book, I share about my client’s experience with debilitating back pain and spasm and the therapeutic yoga practices that I shared with her that changed her life for the better.
If you haven’t read my book, you might have just found this website while on an internet search for ways to help you move away from back pain. Regardless of how you got here, I am glad that you are here. You should read my book to help you understand a bit more clearly what makes this program so special. Click on this link to buy the book.
This site presents the therapeutic yoga activities that I have shared in my book, “THERAPEUTIC YOGA WORKS: A Gentle Approach to Eliminating Back Pain and Improving Functional Mobility for Life.” I developed these practices over the last forty years, and I share them with my clients because I believe that they are fundamental to helping them develop a solid foundation for a gentle approach to eliminating back pain and improving their functional mobility.
These fundamental practices are relatively accessible to many persons, with some exceptions, of course. In my experience, they are important for persons who want to begin a gentle therapeutic yoga practice and are a great way to get started.
The Therapeutic Yoga activities on this site are effective in helping to direct attention to developing focused concentration and breath awareness and efficiency, and to gently improving core stability, muscular endurance, functional strength, and mobility. I have also included some of my favorite awareness practices to inspire your participation to optimize breathing, improve standing posture, encourage walking for exercise, and promote deep relaxation.
I recommend that you practice these activities three times per week at minimum. I also believe that doing these practices daily can be even more beneficial. Repeating these activities mindfully and on a regular basis can help you create your own breath-centered mindful movement meditation practice that I believe will benefit you for a lifetime.
The beneficial aspects of the practice that you create for yourself can be heightened by setting a positive intention towards yourself or others at the beginning of each session and can be used as a point of focus. I will often add a mantra that I repeat in my mind during the work, such as: “I am healing, I am strong, I am at peace,” or some variation of these phrases to help me set a powerful intention that I might then manifest as a reality in the present moment, as well as in the future.
These practices are important to master before progressing on to other therapeutic yoga postures that involve standing, balancing, seated, and other more challenging supine and prone positions. Do not be fooled. The Therapeutic Astanga Method © practices that you see here are not limited to individuals who suffer spine problems. These practices can be applied to a variety of conditions to help an individual connect with their whole self. These whole mind, body, and spirit practices do not discriminate. They are available to all who wish to step on the path towards wholeness. Remember, the only thing that you have to do is breathe.
Basic Tools for Your Therapeutic Yoga Practice
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