Yoga Therapy sessions for brain injury survivors and caregivers.
Date and time
Thu Aug 11 2022
<div>Yoga Therapy sessions for brain injury survivors and caregivers.</div><div style="margin-top: 20px"><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><p>Brain Injury Association of York Region is pleased to present:</p><p><strong>Yoga Therapy for Brain Injury: Rise and Shine </strong></p><p>Hosted by <em>Elaine Florio, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT</em></p><p>Yoga Therapist (certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists)</p><p>This 60-minute Yoga Therapy session aims to support individuals to develop a morning routine of moving their body, connecting with their breath, meditating and setting a positive intention for the rest of their day. </p><p>The focus will be on:</p><ol><li>Releasing tension that builds up from sleeping</li><li>Activating and energizing the system through breath and movement</li><li>Using the practice to focus the mind</li><li>Supporting you to explore how a morning yoga practice can support you to become aware of how you set up the rest of your day in your mind and body.</li></ol><p>The class will do gentle energizing poses in standing and seated. The use of a chair or a wall for support is recommended. Participants will be offered variations of the poses to support clients to move within their abilities safely.</p><p>Participants will require a chair and a Yoga Mat. As stated previously, standing poses will use the chair for support, yet poses can be modified so that the participant can remain in the chair instead of engaging in standing or lying poses if preferred.</p><p>These sessions will take place on <strong>Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 10:30 am</strong> starting <em>January 18 to June 28, 2022</em></p></div><div style="margin: 20px 0;line-height: 22px;"><img src="https://img.evbuc.com/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F206227679%2F386189372873%2F1%2Foriginal.20220101-143050?h=2000&w=720&auto=format%2Ccompress&q=75&sharp=10&s=7e848b037675c0f3e1337931fea237ef" alt="" /></div><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><p><strong>Yoga Therapy for Brain Injury: Release and Restore</strong></p><p>Hosted by <em>Sangita Balsara</em>, C-IAYT </p><p>Yoga Therapist (certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists)</p><p>Participants will be facilitated through an evening practice to release accumulated physical tension and mental stress that has built up over their day and week. Participants will be led through gentle mindful movements, coordinating with their breath and focusing their mind in the present moment. You will be guided through a breathing practice and meditation to support your parasympathetic nervous system to elicit the relaxation response in the body.</p><p>This practice aims to support the participant to have a more restful sleep and support your body and mind to learn how to reset for the following day. Through repeated practice of an evening routine, participants may learn tools that they can incorporate into their everyday life.</p><p>Participants will require a chair and a Yoga Mat. As stated previously, standing poses will use the chair for support, yet poses can be modified so that the participant can remain in the chair instead of engaging in standing or lying poses if preferred.</p><p>These sessions will take place on <strong>Thursdays from 6 pm - 7 pm </strong>starting <em>January 6 to June 30, 2022.</em></p></div><div style="margin: 20px 0;line-height: 22px;"><img src="https://img.evbuc.com/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F206227809%2F386189372873%2F1%2Foriginal.20220101-143228?h=2000&w=720&auto=format%2Ccompress&q=75&sharp=10&s=4eea24d8081810aec34f290d24f7b07c" alt="" /></div><div style="margin: 20px 10px;font-size: 15px;line-height: 22px;font-weight: 400;text-align: left;"><p><strong>More About Yoga Therapist: </strong><em><strong>Elaine Florio</strong></em></p><p>Ms. Elaine Florio, provides therapeutic Yoga with Empowering Mind and Body Ltd and is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Elaine has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and attended Yoga Therapy Toronto for her 300 hr. Yoga Teacher training and 1000 + hour (2 year) Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. Elaine has experience teaching therapeutic Yoga to individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia and neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury and has provided home practices to support independent execution of Yoga techniques. These symptoms include acute and chronic pain, insomnia, numbness of extremities, impulsivity, ataxia, PTSD, anxiety, depression and difficulty with memory and attention. Elaine also has experience teaching therapeutic yoga to individuals to help deal with bereavement. This included yoga to children after the loss of a parent. She also has experience working with individuals with eating disorders, social disorders, and visual impairments. Elaine has experience providing therapeutic chair yoga to seniors at an assisted living facility. The residents were provided with breath focused synchronized gentle movement to help alleviate symptoms related to dementia, stroke, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Yoga Therapy techniques include gentle mindful movement, breathing and meditation and is designed to take into consideration the unique needs of the person or group and their condition. Elaine is a compassionate therapist who takes time to get to know her clients and looks at them holistically through the lens of Yoga Therapy to teach them tools that focus on wellness of body and mind. </p><p>--</p><p><strong>More About Yoga Therapist: </strong><em><strong>Sangita Balsara</strong></em></p><p>Sangita Balsara is a certified Yoga Therapist trained at Yoga Therapy Toronto in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. </p><p>As a Yoga Therapist, Sangita works with people on a one-to-one basis to enable and empower individuals to heal from within. Where general Yoga keeps you on the steady path of wellness and regular practice provides the equanimity to cope with the stresses and various stages of life, Yoga Therapy specifically targets the root cause of affliction. The goal of Yoga Therapy is to heal by pacifying symptoms of suffering and positively enhancing quality of life. </p><p>Sangita’s extensive training and experience includes working with a wide range of individuals with physical limitations caused by trauma, illness and ageing. Specifically, this includes working with individuals who have an acquired brain injury, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, trauma, anxiety and depression. She also works with individuals with metabolic diseases, auto-immune diseases and sleep disorders. </p><p>With her work at Empowering Mind and Body, Sangita provides in-person and virtual one on one support to clients with Traumatic Brain Injury from motor Vehicle Accidents. Through her work at several multidisciplinary heath centers in the York region, Sangita has offered workshops in Meditation, back care, arthritis, anxiety and depression alongside the private Yoga therapy sessions. Sangita’s work with the City of Toronto includes Yoga for seniors, Chair yoga and working with the Toronto Public health on the get active to prevent Diabetes program. Sangita continues to partner with the Toronto District School Board and offers Mindful movement programs for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. </p><p>It is Sangita’s mission is to make the practice and benefits of yoga easily accessible to anyone who wishes to practice. She believes that yoga offers a wealth of benefits that everyone has a right and chance to explore. </p><p>Sangita completed her first Yoga training in 2007 with Patanjali Yogpeeth Canada and has continued learning since. Sangita holds a Yoga Teacher Training certificate with East to West Yoga, is certified through YogaEd for Children and Teens Yoga and has certifications in Athletes Yoga, Seniors Yoga and Yin & Restorative Yoga. In 2014 Sangita completed the Yoga Therapist Training, followed by Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists training and most recently completed a Pain Care Yoga Certificate and a Yoga for Mental Health certificate. </p></div></div>