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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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A typical one hour PYT treatment session may include skilled physiotherapy manual techniques combined with active and facilitated therapeutic movement.
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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

The 6 Stages of Toilet Meditation

toilet meditation

The 6 Stages of Toilet Meditation

Mindfulness practises are gaining popularity and even appear to be quite trendy these days. Perhaps it is because we know, and have experienced, that there is tremendous value in being present and mindful throughout our day.

We talk about mindfulness during many activities such as driving, walking, exercising, eating, socializing, etc; so why not also be mindful while going to the bathroom? Yes, mindful toileting!

Being fully present and aware of our bodies, minds and emotions can help release the pelvic floor muscles (PFM’s) when we perform our toilet duties, resulting in successfully completing our task. We often times are in a hurry and rushing with the attitude of ‘hurry up and just get it over with, I have something important waiting’ or our minds are elsewhere as we are texting or reading, which can be distracting from our present intention of the moment: to empty and eliminate!

This could lead to not fully relaxing and releasing the PFM’s, or not fully emptying the bowel or bladder, which may potentially lead to or exacerbate a variety of pelvic health issues like urinary urgency, frequency, incontinence, constipation or pelvic pain dysfunctions.

I have a short ‘Toilet Meditation’ that I like to share with my clients/students that involves 6 stages, using the acronym “AIRBAG” to help you remember. Read more

Yoga for Ankylosing Spondylitis & Why I Dislike This Title

Yoga for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI

I recently had a physical therapist colleague ask me for advice about some ‘yoga poses’ that may help her client who has ankylosing spondylitis (AS).  I explained that there are certainly some poses I would share with her that could potentially address some of the ‘general’ commonalities of the symptoms of AS and how people with AS may present in similar ways, but I also explained I thought it was important for her and her client to understand that:

1) therapeutic yoga is so much more than prescribing ‘poses’ for a particular dysfunction or special population


2) the statement, “yoga for ankylosing spondylitis” (or any diagnosis) tends to suggest (in my opinion) that we are using a reductionist approach and falling into the trap of treating/addressing a diagnosis instead of a person who is a living, breathing, moving, thinking, feeling and reacting being that is connected to and affected by the surrounding environment.  A being that consists of complex systems and layers: each one influencing the other; including the nervous systems, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, hormonal system, immune system, integumentary system, emotional, social and spiritual layers, just to name a few.

That being said, there are certainly some common physiotherapy exercises + yoga methods that can be used for people looking to optimize spinal and rib mobility and alignment, maximize breath pattern, improve pain management, and/or calm the nervous system.  But I suppose that would be a really long title for this article. Read more

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