Today's Daily Tip
The Therapeutic Yoga Kit
Carol Krucoff reviews cancer survivor Cheri Clampett's new book package on yoga as therapy.
Years ago, during the final relaxation at the end of a yoga class, Cheri Clampett experienced a sharp, shooting pain and took the sensation as her body's warning signal that something was wrong. Shortly after that class, Clampett consulted a doctor and was diagnosed with cancer.
This experience led Clampett to become a yoga teacher specializing in teaching people with cancer, AIDS, and other major health issues; her classes focus on restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breathwork, guided meditation, and hands-on healing.
Biff Mithoefer also came to yoga as therapy through his own need for healing—in his case, he injured his knee and hip by pushing his aging body during an advanced, physically rigorous yoga retreat. This experience led him to Yin Yoga, a practice that encourages an attitude of acceptance and helps release the need for constant striving and action.
Over breakfast in 2007, these two friends recognized the similarities between their practices, and The Therapeutic Yoga Kit was born. Like Mithoefer's earlier Yin Yoga Kit, it includes a book, a set of posture cards with instructions, and a 75-minute audio practice CD. All 16 postures are restorative supported floor poses held passively for 10 minutes or more. The authors offer transitional movements and stretches to do between poses. The chapters on addressing illness and injury, doing guided meditation, giving self-massage, and creating asana sequences make this a valuable program for personalizing a practice tailored to each individual's needs on the road to health and healing.