Stress, busy lifestyles and poor, dietary habits disturb one’s physical and mental health, which can lead to illness and disease overtime. Science has shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety that have a negative effect on our health through its various healing practices, while also improving one’s mood, energy levels and muscle imbalances to allow one to move with ease and fluidity. Therapeutic Yoga is a style of yoga that focuses not only on the physical aspect of one’s being, but also on the subtle aspects of each individual, which involves working with their subtle body, or “energy” body. The breath gives us access to the energy body because the breath is the vehicle that moves energy throughout our bodies. This “life-force” energy I am referring to keeps us feeling alive and well, and is known in yoga as prana. (In other traditions, you may of heard of this energy being called, Qi or Chi.) For this reason, breath work plays an intricate role in the healing process and is taught to each practitioner in yoga as a primary tool to use in order to gain access and connect to their energetic body to allow for healing on the deepest level of their being. In combination with breath, yoga postures will be held for longer periods of time to allow the body a chance to adapt to the pose and respond to the breath through a guided process of “letting go”. Props will also be used such as blankets, bolsters and blocks to fully support the student throughout the practice. The session will end with a guided meditation to quiet the mind and deeply relax the body achieving deeper levels of healing and feelings of well being.