Massage & Movement Therapy
Susan Hamblen, MA19496       
Ahimsa Yoga Therapy
What does ahimsa (ah-him-sa) mean?
Non-harming in thought or deed. It is more than a negative, it has a wider positive meaning, love. 
This love embraces all creation.  
I am using ahimsa to stress my intent to provide a space of safety and love.
What is an asana?
Pose or posture. Asana brings steadiness, health and lightness of limb. In asana the limbs of the body provide the weight and counterweight. By practicing them one develops agility, balance and endurance. They reduce fatigue and soothe the nerves.  But their real importance lies in the way they train and discipline the mind.
What is yoga?
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one's attention on, to use and apply.  It also means union or communion.  It is the true union of our will with the will of God. 
Is it a religion?
No. There is a spiritual component. Yoga asana was originally designed as a branch on the path to union: body to mind, mind to soul, soul to God.
Yoga as therapy?
The majority of the time our focus is external.  We pay little attention to our habitual motions, postures and thought patterns.  We all have patterns of motion, breath and thought.  Using asana to explore or map body patterns can help you break free from patterns of pain.

The science in yoga therapy lies in understanding the effects of the movements in an asana.  Asanas consist of a combination of several individual movements.  Changes can be made to any of the individual movements depending on the need of the individual.

The art in asana practice is in learning to assess yourself and making it relevant to your needs. This personalization makes it possible to practice yoga in a manner that is uniquely suited to each person.  

An asana practice can provide a path to understanding the mechanisms that are responsible for your current condition.  You can learn through conscious movement to change your patterns and use your body more efficiently.
My mission is to help you understand your body... how you are designed to be unique.

Isn't is amazing that we all have the same parts but can look and move so differently

Turn your attention inward. Explore your individuality. Rejoice in the miracle that is you. 

Namaste'    Susan Hamblen
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