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Welcome to the blog of Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio. Here you will find articles and announcements for what's happening here at TAYS! Check out our posts on yoga, personal growth, healing, meditation, mindfulness and more.

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How Cobra Pose Gave Birth to MDT

Hi Everyone,

Recently I completed a certification in something called MDT which is short for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, also known as the McKenzie method. This system of physiotherapy was developed based the clinical experience of Robin McKenzie from New Zealand.

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Yoga and Chronic Pain

by Alison Kavanaugh, PT Student

 

What is chronic pain?

By definition chronic pain is pain that lasts 3 months or longer. It affects ∼15% of adolescents and 20% of adults in Canada (1). Chronic pain can result from a known cause, such as surgery or inflammed joints, or as a consequence of a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, often the cause is unknown. Because chronic pain is complex and multi-dimensional it can be difficult to treat.

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Yoga & Back Pain Part 2: The Results and Limitations of Current Science.

by Alison Kavanaugh, PT Student

In Part 1: Yoga & Back Pain, we mentioned that there is a new growing body of evidence supporting yoga as an effective treatment for back pain. Yoga is among the most commonly used complementary treatments for this condition. (1) But just how effective is yoga in patients with back pain?

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Yoga and Back Pain. Part 1.

  by Alison Kavanaugh, PT student from Dalhousie University

Earlier this week we blogged about the rate, cause and side effects of yoga injuries. The current research shows that although injuring yourself in yoga is rare, of the side effects reported, the most common was back pain!

At first glance this information may seem alarming, however this finding may be in parallel with other evidence, which document back injury among most common injuries in general. Up to 85% of the population can expect to experience at least some back pain in their lifetime. (1)

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Yoga Injuries: How Often Do They Happen? What Do We Need to Know?

   by Alison Kavanaugh, Physiotherapy Student from Dalhousie University

 

"For yoga teachers and students this means approaching the practice with a sense of balance - using yoga for all its benefits while maintaining caution when executing more advanced poses."

 

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108 Days Reflections. Happy Mothers Day.

It has been three weeks since the end of the 108 Days of Yoga challenge and I have reflected on the results of actually engaging in the practice relative to my own personal intentions with this practice at the beginning.

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108 Days of Yoga - Day 108

Bead 108. April 18th, 2013.

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108 Days of Yoga - Day 107

Beads 107. April 17th, 2013.

Practiced meditation sadhana for one hour in the morning. My plans to attend class were foiled by an appointment that came up. I managed to find 45 minutes free in the studio to practice asana. I listened to Guster and included two variations of side crow in my practice. This was  a day where the scheduling hiccup could have deterred me from practice for the day. 108 days has cured me of that habit!

Namaste all, Mike.

 

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108 Days of Yoga - Days 105-106

Beads 105-106. April 15-16th, 2013.

I have been sitting every morning and going to yoga each day, with Maxine's noon class on Monday and Jolene's 11 am class today. Carried by the momentum of practice, I notice that there is little resistance. The resistance I have had over the past number of years due to a meandering journey through traumatice grief is falling away. Two more days of this blog left and I am contemplating how I will continue from here. I have decided two things:

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108 Days of Yoga - Days 103-104

Beads 103-104. April 12th, 2013.

Studying the 7th volume of The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche again. Interestingly, it looks like I will finish this volume in the next few days. I sat yesterday and studied. Today I am doing the same and will practice some asana after I finish this post.

The candles on my meditation shrine that I lit at the beginning of the 108 days are done and need to be replaced. Today as I sit and read snow flakes are falling outside my window and I am reading "The Song of the Snowy Ranges" by Milarepa (excerpt).

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