Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions and involves instruction in yogic practices and teachings to prevent, reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional and spiritual pain, suffering and limitations.
A ‘3000 year old tradition’ yoga is now regarded in the Western world as a holistic approach to health and is classified by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative (CAM) Medicine.
Clinical research has shown that yoga practice enhances muscular strength and body flexibility, promotes and improves respiratory and cardiovascular function, promotes recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduces stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain, improves sleep patterns and enhances overall well-being and quality of life.
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese tradition involving a non-competitive, self paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Originally developed for self defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. It is often described as meditation in motion, as it promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
Tai Chi Chuan has many styles and each style may subtly emphasize various principles and methods. Some styles focus on helath maintenance while others focus on the marital arts aspect of Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is a holistic system of coordinated body postures and movement, breathing and meditation used for optimum health, spirituality and martial arts training. With roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, philosophy and martial arts, Qi Gong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance ‘life energy’ thus providing optimum mental, physical and emotional health.
Qi Gong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and calm meditative state of mind.
Qi Gong practice benefits neurological, cardio vascular, pulmonary and musculoskeletal systems.
Petra Gordon - Yoga Instructor – Hi, my name is Petra and I’m a seeker of Truth.
I have been interested in yoga since I was a teenager and was blessed to meet Guruji – Sri K. Patthabi Jois in 1997 for the first time. I have been visiting the shala - KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore/India regularly since then. My practice has been guided by the most gentle teachers and given me great experience to adapt to life’s flow. I gave birth to two babies in my home. Taking care of myself, and the family has been a colorful journey between pure bliss and the beyond.
The focus of my work is based on integration of the traditional therapeutic values in Astanga Yoga and setting sensible goals for daily sadhana - practice. I combine this with my knowledge on natural healing and living.
I received various certifications and authorization to teach Yoga. Visit my site here: astangayogasadhana.com.