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Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly on Yoga Therapy

I was recently interviewed by the Alumnae Quarterly to give my comments on yoga therapy as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

In the interview, I shared along with several other CAM practitioners about how our fields are helpful in specific areas of healthcare, ie; stress reduction and back pain reduction. There is a growing acceptance of CAM in conventional medicine as it becomes more evidence-based.  The International Association of Yoga Therapists has greatly contributed in recent years to this effort to fund research and promote the findings. To find out more go to: Specifically, the research on techniques in yoga therapy that I am closely aligned with have excellent trials in stress and back pain reduction.

In 1997, it was at Mount Holyoke College that I first studied yoga therapy during my college semester abroad in India. I had already been teaching yoga since 1992, but I wanted understand more how to serve my students. This was a fabulous and unforgettable experience, truly the pinnacle of my college career giving me my life course. I studied two yoga therapy centers, The Yogic Institute and Kaivalyadhama, that were immersed in research and application which involved interfacing with modern medicine. After graduating in 1999 with a degree in South Asian Studies and Cultural Anthropology, I immediately furthered my training and became certified in Structural Yoga Therapy in 2003. Read more.

MHC Frances Perkins Scholar




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