ROBERT N. CORY
PhD, CYT-500

robert@yogatherapysolutions.com

yogatherapysolutions.com

Workshops

The workshops listed below indicate the breadth of topics I cover for both yoga students and teachers in training. My biomedical background enables me to intelligently incorporate that information into the teaching of asana. I find that teaching and showing "embodied anatomy" is the most effective way to transmit that information and with the best results for long-term retention by students.

Also listed is my recent participation in a documentary about Addiction, Yoga and Recovery, a subject attracting a growing level of interest.

Recent Topics

pdf Addiction, Recovery & Yoga

pdf Autonomic Nervous System & Yoga

pdf Backbends

pdf Balance in Asana

pdf Building Headstand from the Ground Up

pdf Chairs & Walls in Iyengar Yoga

pdf Intensive Classes

pdf Psychology of Yoga Meditation

pdf Restorative Yoga

pdf Teacher Training

pdf The Yoga of Inversions

pdf Yoga in France

pdf Yoga in the Pines

Solutions

To what does yoga provide solutions?

Future suffering is avoided with yoga.

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras 2:16

How does yoga provide solutions?

Avoidance of future suffering covers a lot of ground. Yoga as therapy is grounded in the concept that by altering our present physical, mental and spiritual circumstances we lay the groundwork for avoiding future afflictions. Consistent practice of physical poses (asana) wards off illness by keeping the body strong and supple while supporting the immune system. Relaxation techniques put the mind and body at ease and allow nervous energy to recede. Breath control (pranayama) steadies the mind and prepares it for the practice of meditation. Ultimately it is through the practice of meditation that the mind is spared future angst.

Theses practices are transformative and together they act to purify our layers of being, what we call panchakosha (the five sheaths or layers) in yoga parlance. The logo used here is an abstract representation of panchakosha. Although these are often depicted as five concentric circles, one inside the other, I choose to envision them as five petals of an unfolding fan. The process is expansive and each petal or layer overlaps the next. All petals emanate from one the stem, an expression of their interconnectedness. The five sheaths are:


Yoga therapy can touch a few or all of these layers according to the practices followed.

Asana

Poses engage the physical body and in doing so shift prana — the life energy

The observing and discriminating mind will extend the benefits of asana into the first four koshas. BKS Iyengar has written extensively on this in his book, Light on Life. My asana teaching is greatly influenced by the brilliant work of Iyengar, however in my sessions with individuals I equally tap into my training with Mukunda Stiles'Structural Yoga Therapy. Each client requires an approach to suit her or his particular needs. My diverse background and long-term personal practice lets me to dip into the vast reservoir of yoga to assist others in finding their path.

Relaxation

Asana practice ends with relaxation. Meditation begins with relaxation.

In situations where one is too tired to practice asana, like after a stressful day, the body and mind benefit greatly from a guided or self-guided meditation. The most effective relaxation techniques I know were taught to me at the Himalayan Institute by Rolf Sovik, the spiritual director.

Pranayama

Breath control is the most direct route to balancing prana and focusing a vacillating mind.

Breath control (a not very exact translation) generally requires prior training in asana however anyone can practice breath awareness. I employ the methods of BKS Iyengar as I have learned from teachers in the US and in my 8 weeks of classes with the Iyengars at their Institute in Pune, India. See my Pune Blog.

Meditation

Persistent practice and non-attachment are the cornerstones of meditation practice. (Patanjali’s Sutra 1.12)

In my daily practice and in my teaching I use methods developed by the yogis of the Himalayas as taught by Swami Rama and his disciples at the Himalayan Institute. I find that an understanding of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is helpful when I teach others how to develop a meditation practice.