Yoga Therapy


MIND BODY YOGA THERAPY NEW EVALUATION

Class series can be repeated several times until the patient or student feels the confidence to move on to their own practice. Many students/ patients do choose to have individual private classes with the instructor. 

If you are not a current patient at Integrated Behavioral Services, a half hour functional evaluation by Dr. Geraldine Wu will be performed and this includes hands on physical examination, interviewing on medical, psychiatric and psychosocial history. Standardized validated questionnaires are used at the beginning and at the end of the series to track and follow your progress

  • 75 MINUTES
  • ESTABLISHED PATIENTS
  • FOLLOW UP VISITS, 60 MINUTES

GROUP THERAPY

YOGA I- FOR THE REAL BEGINNER 

  • 6 WEEKS, 75 MINUTES, 6 STUDENTS

Yoga I 

A 6 week series of one hour fifteen minute yoga class for all of us who think we might be too stiff, too weak, too overweight, too old and/or hurt too much. 

Learn the very basics about body awareness, postural habits, breathing, standing postures, sitting postures and relaxation. 

Classes are designed to accommodate people with psychiatric and chronic medical illnesses. Learn about the specific modifications for your body and fitness level. No prior experience required.

YOGA FOR DEPRESSION

  • 6 WEEKS, 90 MINUTES, 6 STUDENTS

Yoga for Depression is designed for patients who have had an incomplete response to antidepressant treatment, or who are not able to take antidepressants due to intolerance or other medical contraindication and for those who choose not to take medications. Classes are divided into 2 sections; the first 3 classes will focus on postures which release the emotional pain held within the body, either through the current episode of depression or old emotional pain carried from a remote past. We will learn appropriate postures to prepare for the asana practice; breathing exercises to activate our mind and body and body scanning and body sensing to locate the somatic correlates of our depression. Introduction to meditation is included at the beginning of the series. The second half of the series contains classes that will focus on active postures which patients can engage in balancing the automatic nervous system which will decrease depression. Every class will have at least 15 minutes of meditation at the end of the class. The last class will contain a 30 minute meditation practice. 

What can you expect from this series? 

  • Basic postures frequently used for depressive disorder 
  • Self-care techniques such as relaxation response, body scanning 
  • Breathe work to enhance your sense of well being
  • Meditation to enhance your sense of self control, mood and well being 

Prior experience with Yoga is required. Experience can include having taken Yoga I for the Real Beginner or students or patients who have practice Yoga on their own for at least 6 months. Classes will include postures that requires a basic level of fitness and some basic knowledge about yoga.

Chair Yoga

  • 6 WEEKS, 60 MINUTES, 6 STUDENTS

Chair yoga is designed for patients who may be suffering from a variety of medical conditions. Chair yoga can be performed exclusively in a chair or can be partially involving a chair. It is suitable for patients with physical limitations due to chronic illness, patients who suffer fatigue, or for senior adults who prefer a more gentle form of yoga. 

Chair yoga is a form adaptive gentle Hatha Yoga. The benefits of chair yoga include:

  • Create an optimal environment for healing through relaxation and breathing
  • Build strength and flexibility
  • Improves postural alignment and range of motion
  • Increases circulation and oxygen diffusion through gentle movement
  • Relieves tension and decreases anxiety
  • Build a sense of mastery and self confidence

Who should take Chair Yoga?

  • Patients or students who have physical limitations from chronic illness, accidents or congenital origin
  • Patients or students who are de-conditioned, weak and /or elderly and frail
  • Patients recently recovering from major medical illness and are interested in introducing physical activities back into their lives

Chair yoga is performed in a chair, or may be performed in a standing position. Our focus will be on body awareness, safety, proper alignment, increasing strength and stamina. Class themes will include: appropriate sitting postures, bending, shoulders, abdominals and hips. Balance and stamina will be emphasized over muscle building.

  • Breathing and Meditation are included in every class because of the focus on both mind and body.
  • Tools that student learn during these classes can be applied to everyday life to everyone who take them.
  • This series is 6 weeks long and each session will be 60 minutes, and limited to 6 students per class.
  • Some sessions will begin with a 10 minutes lecture on the particular theme of the class.
  • 35 minutes of movement and postures.
  • 5 minutes of breathing exercises.
  • 10 minutes of meditation.

iREST MEDITATION

  • 6 WEEKS,60 MINUTES, 6 STUDENTS 

What is iRest: iRest or Integrative Restoration is a research-based transformative practice of relaxation and meditative inquiry, that: 

  • Releases negative emotions and thought patterns.
  • Calms the nervous system.
  • Develops resilience and a capacity to meet the “full catastrophe” of life.
  • iRest was developed by Dr. Richard Miller.
  • A trained yoga therapist and also psychologist.
  • Dr. Miller‘s iRest is derived from the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra, rooted in the Yoga tradition from India.
  • Dr. Miller drew upon his own training in Western Psychology, Philosophy and Theology and formulated a complete program of working with mind, body and spirit. 

iRest Yoga Nidra has been used effectively in treating patients with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Prior experience is not required. There is no physical limitation issue with this class, however if you are concerned please check with Dr. Wu. 

Class series can be repeated several times until the patient or student feels the confidence to move on to their own practice. Many students/ patients do choose to have individual private classes with the instructor. 

If you are not a current patient at Integrated Behavioral Services, a half hour functional evaluation by Dr. Geraldine Wu will be performed and this includes hands on physical examination, interviewing on medical, psychiatric and psychosocial history. Standardized validated questionnaires are used at the beginning and at the end of the series to track and follow your progress.