Benefits of Yoga for Individuals with Lymphedema

You may be asking yourself, "What is lymphedema?” Well, you’re not alone. I get asked that question literally all the time. Short answer: Lymphedema is a form of swelling in one or more body parts. Now hang on tight for the long answer… Let’s start with edema. I’m sure 99.9% of people reading this have …

Let’s Talk About Goals

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time” -Unknown.  All too often people start yoga with the goal of doing backbends and headstands because…they look cool? To impress your friends? Instagram? So you can say you can? But my question is this: why do you feel the need to do that?  Obviously these …

Breathe

Photography by Noelle Johnson Photography The breath, pranayama, is a major aspect of yoga practice. It’s the forth limb of yoga and is integrated into any yoga class or video you’ll ever take (at least it should be). But why is the breath so important from a medical standpoint?  Obviously we need oxygen to live. …

Why Medical Yoga?

Good question. It’s a well-known fact that exercise is good for you. Non-negotiable. But as an occupational therapist I’ve seen many individuals over the years who struggle to exercise on a regular basis due to chronic pain, fatigue, joint problems, poor sensation in their limbs…the list goes on and on. And that’s just speaking physically. …