What is yoga for renewal?
Elisabeth Holmes, an IAYT-certified yoga therapist and a yoga teacher in Atlanta, GA
created Yoga for Renewal. When you begin practicing Yoga for Renewal,
Elisabeth will guide you through a form of yoga therapy
that will deepen your healing journey
with two practices—yoga and self-awareness.
Yoga for Renewal is designed to be an alternative healing approach--a form of yoga therapy. It is made up of both a specific yoga practice and a healing circle, so YFR requires you to be more interactive than in a “traditional” yoga class.
The specialized yoga practice helps you re-connect deeply with your body, re-connect with sensations that have been lost, and re-connect with tensions and resistances in the muscular structure which all have painful emotions associated with them (sadness, fear or anger).
The healing circle is a time dedicated to self-awareness and sharing. It is a place where you are invited to become aware of what is lodged in and weighing on your heart, to respect what you find and to verbalize what you are finding.
This dual approach–yoga and healing circle– allows you to honor what has been found and become aware of the unconscious energy that has been stuck, re-establish a trust in yourself and in others, and to let healthy, vibrant energy circulate freely in the body. Ultimately, as a result, this practice helps you experience more joy.
Yoga for Renewal is taught in small group classes, 3-day workshops and private sessions. Students come out of the YFR sessions with powerful insight and with a strong sense of their own body--sometimes for the very first time. Some also realize, for the first time, that they need to honor and give importance to their own feelings. Others become aware they need to feel more and think less.
The most beautiful thing about YFR, and yoga therapy in general, is that it is for everybody-–those who are young, people in their 90's or those who are in wheelchairs.
Yoga therapy is a new discipline created as a collaborative effort between American MD’s and therapists and introduced as a professional field in the Western U.S. in the 90’s. Described as an integrated medicine, it uses yoga techniques –poses, yogic breath and meditation--to positively influence the person as a whole, and greatly complements traditional Western medicine.
Elisabeth is an IAYT-Certified (C-IAYT) Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. The yoga therapy components of her teaching are based on her IAYT certification, not derived from her status as an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.