I may be a bit guilty of wanting to practice/teach a specific type of yoga every time I go to a class based on a new style or have a YTT workshop. I get excited, what can I say?
Today, though, we had a workshop on Yoga Therapy, specifically middle-aged individuals (defined as anyone between the ages of 40-70). It sounded interesting enough on the syllabus, but holy cow. When you practice yoga therapy, you choose postures that will help your student based on their dosha (mind/body type), their current medical status, and their long term goals. This is exactly what I want to do. I mean, I want to teach group classes, too… but I really think that this is the thing that I am passionate about. To me, it seems like the same sort of idea as yoga for trauma, but with an even closer human connection, and can be more of a physical nature, depending on the individual.
In the workshop, groups of us were given cards with a case study on them. Each was about a student with some sort of issue (menopause, stroke with one-sided weakness, etc) and we had to come up with 3 postures to teach them that would both help them with their issue, as well as mesh well with the dosha we thought they had. So, my team got the case study of a a stroke victim. It made life challenging, because every posture had to be majorly modified in some way, and we needed to use poses that she would be able to do, but would also build strength back. It seems like this avenue is a great blend of serenity, helping people out individually with real problems, and critical thinking.
I do not know where this yogic path will lead me, but this seems like it could be a very promising avenue. I loved every second of it, and apparently my team was fairly good at it as well. Things to think about! Happy Sunday, yogis!