Tampa Yoga Therapy offers Advanced Therapeutic Yoga in weekly classes, series, and custom-designed private sessions. The weekly classes range from 60 to 75 minutes, and the private sessions can be scheduled at the most convenient time, length, and frequency for you.
All yoga classes involve full body movement, particularly the six movements of the spine. There is an emphasis on “moving with the breath” by way of synchronizing moving into a posture on the inhale and releasing the posture on the exhale. The process is a mindful practice whereby we move with complete intention and internal awareness.
Depending on the class, included with movement are other traditional practices specific to the goal of each class. For example, Calm Mind Yoga includes a greater degree of mindful, meditative practices. Students can expect to practice all eight limbs of traditional yoga, incorporating movement, breathwork, mudras, several forms of meditation and concentration, chanting, positive affirmations and intention setting, and much more.
The following are brief descriptions and information on each offering.
Somatics & Yoga
SOMA – Greek for ‘body’ + MATICS from matos in Greek, meaning “willing to perform.” YOGA – from the Sanskrit language, meaning literally ‘union.’ Somatics and Yoga pair perfectly. Yoga provides the “will to perform” the intentional movement and awareness of the body. The practice of Somatics brings our central nervous system out of “sensory motor amnesia.” This gentle practice takes place seated or lying on your back. Recline and Supine. Slow, non-habitual movements bring the body and mind together in a relaxing, yet powerful practice. Relearn and reteach your body to move the way it was intended. Begin to undo and unwind those not-so-great standing, walking, and moving habits. Paired with yoga and the practice of breath, mindfulness, and non-attachment – Somatics and Yoga bring a total mind body coherence that is relaxing and beneficial.
In Chair Yoga the chair becomes our main prop in this practice of yoga. It is great for people who want to enjoy a Mindful Hatha Yoga class with stretching and body movement in a gentle, supported practice. The chair is employed in both seated and standing poses, making it suitable for people with balance and mobility challenges. But make no mistake! Chair Yoga is STILL Yoga. It is different than yoga in seated or reclined positions but certainly no less than a true, yogic experience. This class is led in the Kripalu tradition of yoga, focusing on body awareness and sensation. This approach allows practitioners to explore their own personal mind body connection in a safe environment, and learn to integrate their yoga experience “off the mat” in their daily lives.
Healthy Heart Yoga
The Healthy Heart therapeutic yoga series addresses your circulatory systems response to what is happening in your environment and within the realm of your thoughts and feelings. The goal is to gradually reestablish balance within the circulatory system. Learning to relax, reduce levels of stress, and improve breathing patterns are the main themes. Increased body awareness and the proper response to “high alert” heart mind messages are explored. More here.
Calm Mind Yoga
An advanced therapeutic yoga series for taming “the monkey mind.” Our culture and environment can cause nervousness, anxiety, sleeplessness and overall stress. In this series you assemble a personal set of tools to help you calm the mind. Weekly themes are introduced to build the best approach for you. Yoga postures to tap into sensation and greater body awareness, meditation for observing the mind stuff, and breathing to calm the nervous system. More here.
Hatha Yoga – Kripalu Style
Kripalu Vinyasa Flow infuses the movements of the Vinyasa style with the Kripalu tradition, bringing in the four yoga paths (Jnana, Hatha, Bhakti and Karma) for a holistic approach to yoga. The special “gradient” sequencing of the class brings attention to the physical, subtle and causal body to provide a transformative yoga experience. Offered as Levels I, II, and III, the Kripalu style Hatha Yoga class is similar to yoga classes described as gentle, intermediate and advanced. For example, Level III Hatha Yoga Kripalu Style is an advanced, more challenging, and vigorous class. A Kripalu yoga class is led in a way that allows you to explore your own personal mind/body connection in a safe environment. In this way, students bring awareness to their own yoga experience “off the mat” in their daily lives.