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WHAT IS PHYSIO YOGA?
PYT is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy resulting in a more holistic approach
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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
A typical one hour PYT treatment session may include skilled physiotherapy manual techniques combined with active and facilitated therapeutic movement.
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ABOUT SHELLY
Shelly is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan
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Most Recent Blog Entries

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli W.O.W. Chat: REAL Power + Freedom for Women + Girls

Shelly Prosko interviews Dr. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, yoga therapist and author of ‘Yoni Shakti: a Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra.’

In this W.O.W. Chat, Uma talks to Shelly about what ‘real freedom’ means for females of all ages and how we can access this freedom for empowerment. The message ‘be who we really are’ and stop pretending to be someone or something we’re not (or like we have everything under control), can open up to real freedom, more energy, creativity and power. This is a ‘must watch’ for girls and women of all ages and those who love and care about women and want to better understand women! Watch the full 10 min W.O.W. Chat for free HERE. If you prefer to read, the full transcript is below:

Shelly: [00:00:56] Welcome to my W.O.W. Chats! Words Of wisdom with people I Read more

Self-Care: The Dark Side.

Self-care is a popular term these days. I believe the meaning has been watered-down or misinterpreted to the point that when we say ‘I’m going to take some time for some self-care’ it often implies a time-out perhaps for some solitude, rest or indulgence in something that we love or think is good for our health. But many (including myself) have experienced the dark side of this so-called ‘self-care’ movement.  When self-care becomes another item on your list of things ‘to do’ or an added pressure or expectation in an unrelenting pursuit of better health, it can become the antithesis of self-care and I think we are missing the whole point of it.

To me, self-care is more of an approach; a philosophy and a dynamic process, that guides your every moment and is constantly changing. Sure, self-care may include rest, solitude, stillness, social connection, laughter, physical activity, time in nature, music, play, dance, boundary setting, a difficult and honest conversation, a fun conversation, meditation, crying, a warm hug, silence, being sad, being angry, effort or service; but these activities aren’t ‘self-care activities’, they are just activities. Self-care is about when and how you choose or allow these and how you respect your own needs during the process.

This self-care process involves awareness, attention, self-reflection, insight, courage and action.

I do believe there is one consistent feature of self-care, and it is self-compassion. Self-compassion includes having a clear non-judgemental awareness of your needs and having the courage, kindness and love to meet those needs, including asking for support when needed.

In summary, I try to think of self-care as an ongoing process of self-compassion and way of life, and not a list of activities to check off.

(And for the record, self-care (redefined) and self-compassion are not selfish; rather, they are essential so you have the inner resources available when required to care for and serve others).

Stay tuned for more on self-compassion and check out Neff & Germer’s research!

 

**This post has been inspired by the research, reflection and writing I’ve been doing for the upcoming textbook I am co-editing and co-authoring with Neil Pearson and Marlysa Sullivan, along with numerous contributors:

“Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain”

Singing Dragon Publishers