Infertility with Vinaya Saunders

1:14 Introduction to Vinaya Saunders

1:50 Began with corporate yoga and was pregnant while she was teaching. Some female students became uncomfortable and didn’t come to class as the baby grew. One student said it was painful to see someone so pregnant as she had had great difficulty becoming pregnant. Vinaya started studying Gynocologic Ayurveda in depth and found what the ancient teachings said about fertility Western Medicine solves symptoms, rarely the root cause. Vinaya works with clients using the Ayurvedic practices to develop a healthy uterus, some of her clients have become pregnant and had healthy babies.

Birth control and infertility treatments affect the hormones in many ways and are deleterious to fertility. Pranyama is good for vata imbalances and many fertility issues are based in vata imbalances.

11:50 Vinaya likes to work with women in their 40’s because they have tried everything that Western Medicine has to offer and are looking beyond that paradigm. Western Medicine prescribes birth control pills for teenagers with heavy periods, women experiencing menopause and those with endometriosis. Long term use of birth control can have very deleterious affects on a women’s fertility.

14:45 Vinayam – a humble approach to yoga. Vinaya created this type of yoga based on specific poses for each day of the week. Each day of the week is associated with a planet in Hinduism. Each planet has different aspects and the yoga poses are chosen to support their aspects.

21:50 Vinaya’s journey from corporate yoga to fertility support. Her original training was for young people in their 20’s but her students needed a different kind of yoga. Started studying classical Ayurveda. She looked at fields where Western Medicine has few prescriptions to offer individuals like gynecology, dermatology, and obstetrics. She studied Ayurveda in great depth in these areas. Individuals need to understand the causes of their conditions/diseases not just the symptoms.

30:40 Western medicine works with fear so that people give up their body, mind and spirit to the doctor to fix. Gurus can do something similar; they want control also but use a person’s beliefs and trust. Each individual has to trust their own body, mind, spirit and find support for it to heal itself. And heredity has little effect on health, but rather the patterns of thought that have been passed down from parents or grandparents have more effect on health.

Contacts:

Website: www.vinayam.com

Email: vinayasaunders@gmail.com

FB: healhumbly

Trauma Care with Katie Overcash

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Trauma Care with Katie Overcash

2:20 What causes stress -natural disasters, medical interventions, abuse, neglect, military related, grief and loss.

3:00 What can traumatic stress look like in a yoga class – Trauma comes in through the senses, can become stuck in the body. People with trauma stress can be hyper-aroused or hypo-aroused with little time in between. Non-traumatised people can go between these states and self regulate themselves. People with trauma cannot and can become stuck.

9:20 – What can yoga teachers/therapists do in a class with someone show trauma stress – Support them, bring them to the present, making sure they have support outside of class.

17:30 – What do yoga teachers need to know – people with trauma stress don’t feel safe or in control. Yoga class can provide predictable, safe, environment where they have choices.

21:15 – Have a referral who deals with trauma

24:30 Where do yoga instructors and yoga therapists fit in the healing cycle for traumatic stress: bottom up model where yoga bookends the talk therapy.

29:50 Contacts and references

Katie Overcash on Facebook and Instagram: overcashtherapy

Bessel Van Der Kolk – The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, Body in the Healing of Trauma

Yoga for Addiction

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Erin Geraghty is a  Recovery Coach and Yoga Therapist  who works with recovering addicts. Erin, a former addict, feels that yoga with its emphasis on connection is very helpful as addiction isolates people.  Bringing recovering addicts into yoga supports their connection with their own body and with others. Erin has her own podcast "Thriving After Addiction" to talk about the intersection of yoga and recovering from addiction. Erin: Erin@ErinCoach.com and she is offering a free yoga video and meditation on her website: www.thrivingafteraddiction.com/free-gift/  

Yoga for Mental Health

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I talk to Maureen Germein, a certified social worker, about her class for university students to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. A diverse class with many ages, country of origin, and wellness levels, Maureen has acquired a mentor to help her with the diversity of issues in a class with this variety of students goals. Maureen Germein: www.banksiayoga.com

Trauma

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We are talking with Katie Overcash about yoga and trauma. Katie has added restorative yoga with breathing and mediation aspects to help those with PTSD or complex PTSD.

She's had great success, as evidenced by her client's feedback, some of which is included in this podcast.

Katie gives tips on how to to provide a safe environment in a yoga class for those who have suffered trauma.