Sunlight Yoga Therapy

Sunlight Yoga Therapy Rebecca Sebastian is a C-IAYT trained yoga therapist specializing in all aspects of yoga to promote stress reduction, lifestyle changes, and family health

I am an experienced yogi who has had the pleasure of sharing yoga with my students through public classes for almost seven years. A 500 RYT, and a CYT (certified yoga therapist), through the years of teaching I came to realize that the joy of teaching has been realized most fully when I could work one on one with people to help them through their difficulties (emotional or physical). From that realization a desire to delve into yoga therapy was born. Sunlight Yoga Therapy specializes in using the techniques given through the ancient art of yoga to help you heal yourself—Spirit, Body, and Mind. Addressing physical and emotional issues, yoga therapy can help to guide anyone along a path of wellness.

Geek out time friends!!  Let's talk about the brain a bit, just for fun.  Neuroscience is one of those things that fasci...
05/16/2019
Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

Geek out time friends!! Let's talk about the brain a bit, just for fun. Neuroscience is one of those things that fascinates a lot of us yoga folks so here is a good article talking about some fun stuff.

Let me know what you think!

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.

This group, Network Yoga Therapy, hosted a European conference just this past weekend.  Here is a nice write up about yo...
05/13/2019
Yoga for 60+: what do we know from research?

This group, Network Yoga Therapy, hosted a European conference just this past weekend. Here is a nice write up about yoga and it's benefits for the older adult population. It is a short read, so let me know what you think!

40% of adults in high-income Western countries do not engage in sports or any physical exercise. Inactivity rises with age – we tend to move less as we age, and this increases the risk of chronic disease and disability. To be healthy and independent in older age we have to stay active and move. Is...

I am on a science kick this week, and this one is pretty great.  I actually feel my own mental function has increased ov...
05/09/2019
Neuroscience shows that 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they sit quietly and do nothing for 15 minutes a day

I am on a science kick this week, and this one is pretty great. I actually feel my own mental function has increased over recent years, which I do attribute in part to my own meditation practice. I also, in the spirit of being honest, attribute some of it to not having very young children anymore. They sleep, and so do I.

Let me know if this one speaks to you!

You can see significant positive changes in just 15 minutes a day.

05/06/2019

Science! On a Monday!

Here is a good pretty easy read on the some of the benefits yoga has to offer that are backed by our Western medical model of science. I feel like a lot of the benefits have a hard time being medically backed up, and it isn't always fair to hold an Eastern discipline up to a Western light and expect them to translate...but here lays some good news.

Let me know what you think!!

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-yoga

I have such wonderful colleagues who do work with children sharing yoga and mindfulness as a tool.  It seems I have run ...
04/22/2019
More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children - Harvard Health Blog

I have such wonderful colleagues who do work with children sharing yoga and mindfulness as a tool. It seems I have run into such a wonderful amount of articles about children and yoga recently, so here is another good one. Watch out for more about a new non-profit I co-founded, The Quad Cities Yoga Foundation. We are hoping to bring more yoga into schools in our community!

More research has shown that yoga has a number of physical and psychological benefits for children, and many schools now integrate yoga into a typical day.

Sticking with kids programming ideas this week here is a short article on the benefits of a family yoga class.  This is ...
04/18/2019
The Gift of Play: Why Kids & Adults Love Family Yoga

Sticking with kids programming ideas this week here is a short article on the benefits of a family yoga class. This is often my morning routine if I don't get up earlier then my children.

Do you do yoga with your kids?

by Rachael Lowe, The fact is that we adults don’t have much room in our lives for fun and games. Our days are filled with stress, obligations, and hard work. We may be stiff, tired, and easily bored when we try to get on the floor and play with our kids – especially difficult switching gears fro...

I am a big fan of all of the mindfulness programs my kids have been exposed to over the years.  At our house, besides th...
04/15/2019
Mindfulness for third-graders? Meditation, yoga help kids ward off anxiety and depression

I am a big fan of all of the mindfulness programs my kids have been exposed to over the years. At our house, besides them seeing mom do yoga a lot of the time my kiddos have been taught: progressive relaxation, meditation, mindfulness jars, zen gardens, deep breaths with small pinwheels, and loads of other great tools to help them cope. I never would advocate using yoga or mindfulness as a bypass to dealing with challenging circumstances but it can be a wonderful tool to expose children to.

Here is a great article regarding kids and yoga and mindfulness. Read on and let me know what you think!!

Frequently Sally Munoz, a third-grade teacher at Duchesnes Academy, asks her students to pause for a moment of mindfulness. Sometimes she tells them to focus on the way they’re sitting. Other times, they pay attention to their breath. Or maybe to the sounds around them: the whoosh of the air condi...

I honestly feel like this is a conversation worth having in the yoga therapy world.  Why do we, in the West, insist on s...
04/11/2019
Should yoga therapy go the Western way?

I honestly feel like this is a conversation worth having in the yoga therapy world. Why do we, in the West, insist on standardizing yoga in such a way that it takes away all of the freedom and creativity of the practice? Why are we so uncomfortable with the idea that yoga was originally intended for self-realization? I am not sure that I have the answers, but I feel like it is ultimately important that we ask with all sincerity and humility the question.

From the article:

For these yogis, yoga was a vehicle to achieve self-realisation unlike in the West where the asanas aspect of Yoga is emphasised and therapy is a source of livelihood.

Simply put, the West uses asanas as a therapy for physical wellness, but Indians look at yoga as one of the nine Darsanas or schools of philosophy.

Read on, and as always I like hearing your input!!

Why must Indians adjust their time-tested system because of what the West needs, asks Sanjeev Nayyar. | Should yoga therapy go the Western way?

A new Harvard Health Blog about the potential benefits of yoga for heart health. ❤️ Read on, it is a short one, and let ...
04/08/2019
How yoga may enhance heart health - Harvard Health

A new Harvard Health Blog about the potential benefits of yoga for heart health. ❤️

Read on, it is a short one, and let me know what you think!

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/how-yoga-may-enhance-heart-health

Practicing yoga promotes overall physical fitness, but it also includes breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. The combined effect of these practices may improve a number of factors connected with cardiovascular health. For example, yoga he...

I feel like this is good news on the whole. While I also think it depends on your teacher, your studio, and your classma...
04/04/2019
Study finds 12 weeks of yoga reduces body-image dissatisfaction in women

I feel like this is good news on the whole.

While I also think it depends on your teacher, your studio, and your classmates; I would say that my practice of yoga has improved overall in spite of constant confrontation of yoga teachers and students who were judging my body. Judging how I moved, how I looked, what cloth I put on top of it.

What makes me smile about this is that in spite of it all, improvement was made. I would love to hear your thoughts on yoga and body image! 👙

Practicing yoga can improve negative self-attitude about one's physical appearance, according to a new study in the journal Sex Roles that examined ...

The most exciting thing on my plate right now in my yoga life is a new non-profit I co-founded with another local yoga t...
04/01/2019
Can mindfulness help stressed teachers stay in the classroom?

The most exciting thing on my plate right now in my yoga life is a new non-profit I co-founded with another local yoga teacher. I am so thrilled to start working to support teachers, students, and other populations of people who don't have easy access to yoga classes and techniques.

Stay tuned for more from the ***Quad Cities Yoga Foundation***, and until then read on and let me know what you think about mindfulness for teachers in schools possibly making a difference. 🏫

Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning. A growing number of mindfulness trainings help teachers cope, but critics say the real problem goes much deeper.

03/18/2019
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Another article on yoga and osteoporosis. This one holds up even though it is a few years old.

Some more rethinking on our attitude about weight,BMI, and metabolism.  ⚖️ We need to have accurate science based (vs. c...
03/07/2019
Do skinny people have faster metabolisms? Not really — CNN

Some more rethinking on our attitude about weight,BMI, and metabolism. ⚖️

We need to have accurate science based (vs. commercial based) understanding of our bodies. We also need to commit to changing our viewpoints when new information comes to light.

Read on, and tell me what you think!! 🧠

Genes, movement and diet keep some people thin. As for a "fast" metabolism, that belongs to more muscular people, not necessarily thinner ones.

Every time I see a posting like this it makes me smile.   💕https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525169100
02/27/2019
Adaptive Yoga Specialist

Every time I see a posting like this it makes me smile. 💕

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525169100

The position is located at a Department of Veterans Affairs VHA Medical Center at New York Harbor, and serves as a Adaptive Yoga Specialist working to implement the objectives of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center and the VHA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. The p...

This is a two part series this week. This is the Mayo Clinic study disputing the benefits of yoga for people with osteop...
02/25/2019
Soft Tissue and Bony Injuries Attributed to the Practice of Yoga: A Biomechanical Analysis and Implications for Management

This is a two part series this week.

This is the Mayo Clinic study disputing the benefits of yoga for people with osteoporosis and later this week I will post the rebuttal from an equally well respected doctor in the field.

I am getting better about reading research studies, but I still need to read them a couple times; but I would love to hear what you think!!

Stay tuned for a sound and swift second expert opinion...

To analyze injuries that were directly associated with yoga practice and identify specific poses that should be avoided in patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis.

In other, Canadian, yoga news.  This makes my heart happy.  Funding yoga research is a hard task, and damn if this isn't...
02/18/2019
Study of yoga treatment for PTSD clinches federal funding

In other, Canadian, yoga news. This makes my heart happy. Funding yoga research is a hard task, and damn if this isn't just the best kind of thing.

Yoga’s hero pose and deep breathing could be a key to reducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in emergency workers, London researchers embarking on a new federally funded study say.…

The latest compiled research on yoga and yoga therapy.  Geek out today friends!  💜
11/25/2018
Research | YogaTherapy.Health

The latest compiled research on yoga and yoga therapy. Geek out today friends! 💜

Research Although yoga has been practiced in some form for millennia, from a Western scientific perspective we are just beginning to understand the mechanisms behind its effects. Yoga is not a cure-all for physical or mental problems, but a growing body of research confirms yoga therapy’s promise ...

My next one's up...part 2 of A Professional's Plea. Addressing some of the stuff we need to begin doing to create change...
11/15/2018
A Professional’s Plea Part 2: Planting Seeds

My next one's up...part 2 of A Professional's Plea. Addressing some of the stuff we need to begin doing to create change in our yoga industry. It starts small, and gets bigger. 🌱

https://www.rebeccasebastianyoga.com/2018/11/12/a-professionals-plea-part-2-planting-seeds/

A Professional’s Plea Part 2: Planting Seeds November 12th, 2018rebeccasebastianyoga_ovqs420 Comments So in September I wrote this piece on professionalism and yoga. This month I am attempting to continue the conversation with a part 2, and hoping to plant some seeds for change. I will be focusing...

Ah, the "your best life" phrase.  I have been guilty of using it inappropriately over the years, it is true.  But if you...
11/12/2018
Four hours' sleep, yoga at dawn – are today's influencers really living their best lives? | Hadley Freeman

Ah, the "your best life" phrase. I have been guilty of using it inappropriately over the years, it is true. But if your best life involves a scary amount of discipline or "seven almonds" for a snack at night (President Obama, I REEEEAALLLY want you to have more fun!!) consider you may not be living your most balanced life. Be balanced, friends. Also, sleep. You should sleep.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/10/four-hours-sleep-yoga-dawn-todays-influencers-best-lives?fbclid=IwAR3O-DCwgUWYXUqEzIF9O2oRz0_Vm_w3geWdg3QoGdomZHtCh20n3Tobvkg

The daily routine diary has become my new favourite journalism genre

I have had a very tiny taste of this when I got divorced.  My ex had left me and I was a single mom with a baby raising ...
11/02/2018
Fat and anorexic: Everyone praised me for my weight loss but I was sicker than I’d ever been - The Lily

I have had a very tiny taste of this when I got divorced. My ex had left me and I was a single mom with a baby raising him all by myself...

And everyone looooved how I lost 30+ lbs in a few short months. Everyone told me how good I looked. How I was glad to be rid of that "extra weight" meaning both my body weight and my ex husband.

But I was SO sad. I cried myself to sleep every night. I struggled to feed my son because I was a yoga teacher and that job pays very little. Everyone saw, but nobody looked.

I am here to say you deserve to take up space. No caveats, no exceptions. You deserve to feel vital and loved. Food is a critical part of that equation, for every human on the planet.

This dangerous disorder can hurt anyone, regardless of weight, class, race or gender

So it is a rarity that I post an article that I absolutely disagree with, but here is the first.  I have never seen an a...
10/29/2018
Five yoga poses that can cause you injury and how to avoid it, according to a chiropractor

So it is a rarity that I post an article that I absolutely disagree with, but here is the first. I have never seen an article mismanage what exactly is going on in particular yoga poses quite like this one.

Does a pose or movement in your yoga practice feel good to you? Bad? Do you not know why? Well that is okay, your yoga teacher should have enough biomechanical knowledge to guide you safely through the benefits and challenges of all sorts of movements. If they don't know, or you don't feel like you are getting an appropriate answer (it happens, in all professions) find a different teacher! Ask a new question!! Yoga is meant to help you live better, so find the movements, practices, and teachers that make that happen for you.

Make sure you are entering into the poses correctly to avoid injury

This article is SO good.  It makes a clear distinction between what we, as yoga therapists, do and what it means to make...
10/23/2018
What’s the Difference Between Yoga Therapy and Accessible Yoga?

This article is SO good. It makes a clear distinction between what we, as yoga therapists, do and what it means to make yoga "accessible" to all people. There is absolutely a difference.

Read on 📒, and let me know what you think!

Explore how these practices are different and how they complement each other.

Alright, I will attempt to be back at posting more on my pages..here and my Rebecca Sebastian Yoga page.  For today I wi...
10/22/2018
What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One?

Alright, I will attempt to be back at posting more on my pages..here and my Rebecca Sebastian Yoga page. For today I will offer this, a scientific look (that is a short read) on the potential benefits of seeing all of us as "one" which is a core philosophy for Yoga as well as other Eastern philosophies and practices. 🧘‍♀️

So read on friends, and see what you discover! 📖

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/what-would-happen-if-everyone-truly-believed-everything-is-one/?fbclid=IwAR26se0n0DUtEQ5rs-iVAtqM9-WQ_sGbWvD7cRe4ktBeYaivXw9d8ILmeSc

New research suggests a belief in oneness has broad implications for psychological functioning and compassion for those are outside of our immediate circle

Mentorships are a valuable way to increase your professional skills and form deep and lasting relationships.  I love my ...
10/01/2018
Why Mentoring Matters, and How to Get Started

Mentorships are a valuable way to increase your professional skills and form deep and lasting relationships. I love my mentoring program, and if you are interested in what I do check out my website!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/smarter-living/why-mentoring-matters-how-to-get-started.html

Professional mentorships used to be the workplace norm, but today they’re hard to find, even though they matter more than ever. Here’s how to find one, and how to get the most from it.

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