Yoga Therapy aims to eliminate, reduce, and/or manage symptoms that cause suffering. It helps improve function to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of the root causes of illness, and supports movement towards improved health and well-being. Yoga Therapists work collaboratively with the client to develop and implement a self-empowering therapeutic plan.
Somatic Exercises (Thomas Hanna): Neuromuscular retraining which goes directly to the source of many musculoskeletal problems by reorganizing the way your nervous system controls and senses muscles and movement.
Hatha Yoga: Physical postures, breath practices and meditation techniques that are aligned with yogic philosophy. These tools cultivate mastery over unproductive thought and physical patterns.
Dinacharya: Daily Ayurvedic self-care practices to help create a routine that will support balance in your system and life.
TRE: A series of exercises developed by bodyworker and trauma therapist Dr. David Berceli designed to remind the body of its natural ability to release tension and stress through neurogenic tremoring. Provider: Ellen McKenzie
Ellen McKenzie: Introduced to yoga as a teenager, I began a casual love affair with asana. It was in my early 20's that I dedicated myself more seriously to my practice. As I continued to study and exposed myself to senior and master teachers, my practice and sense of self began to shift. I remember very clearly beginning a class and recognizing that my practice was provoking a competitive intensity reminiscent of my years competitively swimming. That visceral expereince allowed me to see that I was feeding the fire that provoked imbalance within me and subsequently inspired a years long journey towards yoga as therapy and Zen meditation.
Today I view yoga and meditation as a path to health and healing in the body, mind and spirit. It is a path I live and passionately share with clients and students. My teaching is informed by Hanna Somatics, Zen, TRE, yoga and ayurveda. My intention is to bring students more fully into their pracite and support and internal environments ripe for sustainable transformation.
Here at the Yoga Sangha I serve as the Yoga Director, teach weekly classes, work daily with individual clients, and offer workshops and intensives for students and teachers. Visit www.ellenmckenzieyoga.com for more information about my offerings.
Primary Teachers: Tias Little, Gabriel Halpern, Theresa Murphy, Ann Maxwell, Molly McManus