Powell River Academy of Music

PR Yoga Garden

The home of Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga uses the science of Yoga to restore function to the body.  It is especially helpful for dealing with the following:

· Chronic pain
· Back pain
· Stiffness and reduced mobility
· Joint pain
· Grief
· Asthma
· Poor self image or self esteem

Explore the Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness.  This form of Yoga is actually a blending of restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga and breath work.  It is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and for reducing stress.

Many people incorrectly believe that yoga is an activity for the young and limber.  In fact, people of all ages and ability can develop a routine of stretches that are suitable to their needs.  Creating a personal yoga practice also gives people the confidence to break through fears and meet challenges.

Yoga therapy assists in reclaiming personal participation in over-all health.  Often the practitioner of yoga over time experiences a shift in consciousness that supports a sense of well being and positive physical, mental and emotional changes.

How Does Yoga Work?

Many of us become very disassociated with our bodies as we grow older, treating them more like a car which needs maintenance or unfortunately, sometimes urgent repair.

•From a physical perspective, the conscious combination of breath and movement through the postures strengthens and balances the entire organism, assisting metabolic function as well as the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems.  This combination allows all these systems to function more effectively and efficiently.

•Breath and meditation/relaxation techniques lower blood pressure, slow pulse and breathing, and improve mood and concentration, thus reprogramming the body’s habitual response to stress. Many people find that as their bodies and minds become calmer and more at peace, they are able to reconnect with what re-energizes them. This in turn allows them to be at home, in the workplace and in the community in a healthier, more balanced way.

Therapeutic Benefits:

Yoga applied as a therapy has been found beneficial in healing from or living better with injury, and in supporting changes to lifestyle and stress-triggered conditions. To name just a few, some of the more intriguing recent studies found that yoga:

•in conjunction with a balanced diet, lowered blood pressure as well as any hypertension drug with no adverse side effects 
•lowered the risk of heart attack by maintaining the flexibility and resilience of blood vessels
•was found more effective than traditional splint therapies in treating carpel tunnel syndrome
•was found 73% more successful in treating chronic depression than drug-related therapies 

What Happens in a Yoga Therapy Session?

•Define areas of concern:

◦prioritize alleviating symptoms
◦begin to explore how to restore vitality and equilibrium 
◦Develop a sequence of adapted postures designed to relieve stress and
strengthen problem areas, including the use of focused breath work, relaxation techniques
◦Assist the client in learning what to avoid or approach with caution
◦Consider simple self-care practices and attitudes that could be integrated
◦Follow-up support plan

About Penny Gelber

Although Penny Gelber is an experienced teacher, she never loses her lightness of touch or her sense of fun.  She is known and respected in her community for her kindness, compassion and generosity and all of these qualities are present in her Yoga classes. 

Penny has attended many intensive Yoga courses with international teachers which, with her wide experience, makes her an accomplished teacher for every level of ability.  As well as her Yoga practice, Penny has practiced Vipassana meditation intensively for 20 years, which brings a sense of peace and stability to her teaching

Penny has studied a range of different Yoga practices.  She started her yoga career at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake where she took her first teacher training course in 1988.  Later she trained for many years under Gioia Irwin in the Iyengar tradition.  She went on to study and do teacher training in Power Yoga with James Nicholson.  Her most recent teacher training was a three month intensive for Therapeutic Yoga with Brigitte Longueville in Mexico.  She offers individual therapeutic Yoga sessions.  Penny is a registered Yoga Teacher

Contact for Therapeutic Yoga
Penny Gelber     604-223-0421 penny@pryogagarden.ca 


For further information, please contact the Academy
Tel.: +1 604 485 9633; e-mail: info@powellriveracademy.org