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Yoga Therapy

A personalized experience 

What is Yoga Therapy?

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) defines Yoga Therapy as “The professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.”

 

So, what exactly does that mean?

Yoga in the west is often thought of as an exercise class. You see yoga classes offered in gyms and studios and more often than not, the emphasis is on physical postures and movement.

The science and philosophy of Yoga is actually a lot more. In fact, the main objective of Yoga is to calm the mind. Here, postures and physical movement can be beneficial.  We can calm and settle our bodies which, in turn, can lead to a calm mind. But there is a science to it and it is very important to have a properly trained teacher to guide you.

 

Rather than thinking of Yoga as an exercise, think of it as an “inner”cise.

We all know and have experienced stress. Stress can take a toll on the body and the mind. This is where we can benefit from Yoga Therapy. Yoga Therapists do not diagnose or treat in the same way as western healthcare. Instead, they address presenting issues (sore, overworked bodies, injuries, surgery recovery, mental & physical stress, just to name a few) through a multi-level assessment of the whole person and their needs and goals in the present moment.

 

Doesn’t that sound nice?

It’s all about you!! Yoga Therapy meets you where you are. It doesn’t matter if you can touch your toes or not. Your unique needs and goals are assessed to come up with a personalized plan.

 

I am here to serve you!

Cassandra Crnich is a highly skilled and qualified Yoga Therapist. She is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the highest level of Yoga expertise for Therapeutic Yoga practice acknowledged worldwide.

 

Additionally, Cassandra holds the following registrations, certifications and degrees:

  • Yoga Alliance level E-500RYT (Himalayan Institute of Yogic Science and Philosophy)

  • Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (Himalayan Institute of Yogic Science and Philosophy)

  • Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant (American Institute of Vedic Studies)

  • Ayurvedic Treatment Specialist (Hale Pule/ Fire Mountain, India)

  • Relax and Renew Trainer® (Judith Hanson Lasater)

  • Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher (Shanti Yoga)

  • Master of Science Degree in the field of Psychology (Central Washington University)

Ayurveda

Yoga's Sister Science

What is Ayurveda?

Considered a “sister science” to Yoga, Ayurveda is an ancient healing art that dates back at least 5,000 years. It is the oldest known medical system and has been practiced continuously through the ages. Ayurveda has been referred to as “the mother of all healing arts”.

 

How does it work?

Ayurveda works by harmonizing daily living with the laws of nature. It aims to maintain health by prevention and heal diseases by natural means such as diet and eating habits, herbs, lifestyle counseling, yoga and other body work, sound, color, and light therapies, and other natural gentle approaches. Ayurveda is based on a model in which the individual is related to the universe and treats the individual accordingly.

 

So how do you relate to the universe?

Each of us have our own unique constitution that is described in Ayurvedic terms of 5 elements that combined to make 3 doshas. These doshas are called “Vata”, “Pitta”, and “Kapha”. Your unique constitution is comprised of your own blend of the 3 doshas. And just like you, everything in the universe is also comprised of its own blend of the 3 doshas.

 

Let’s keep this idea simple.

Ayurveda works on 2 main principles: 1) like increases like and 2) opposites balances. When we are imbalanced, we tend toward dis-ease. When we are balanced, we are healthy. Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling helps us find where our balance is so that we may prevent illness and return to balance should we stray.

 

Just like Yoga, it’s all about YOU!

Ayurveda is special in that it looks at the individual and what works for them. Every practice is tailored to the unique needs of the person, time of day, time of year, and time of life. It is very specialized, allowing for a perfect fit!

 

I am here to serve you.

Cassandra Crnich has and continues to study different Ayurvedic approaches, both modern and traditional. She has studied under well-known teachers Dr. Vasant Lad, Bri. Maya Tiwari, and Dr. David Frawley and has traveled and trained in India (Ayurveda’s birth place). Cassandra is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (Himalayan Institute of Yogic Science and Philosophy), Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant (American Institute of Vedic Studies), and Ayurvedic Treatment Specialist (Hale Pule/ Fire Mountain, India)