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Cynthia Bates is a seasoned Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II level and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Her goal as a teacher is singular, to inspire transformational experiences that lead to positive life change. For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma can all be used as a skillful means for spiritual practice. She is a devoted student of Manouso Manos, Victoria Austin, B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family with whom she had the honor of studying with in India in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She furthers her education by assisting Manouso Manos weekly in public classes and participating in specialized yoga therapeutics training. She recently completed the first three year certified Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics program led by Manouso Manos. She is also a student of Tsokyni Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
Iyengar Yoga Therapy
Therapy is that which helps to treat or heal something which is disordered. Injuries and disease, however, aren't always strictly physical. Human beings are a complex amalgam of physical form, intellect, emotions and energy. True healing comes from addressing obstacles and impediments in our life at all levels. Yoga therapy in the Iyengar tradition uses specific postures (asana) and optimal breathing to effect the health and healing potential of all the systems of the body.
Some of the areas that Cynthia works in include:
- Hips & Lower Back
- Neck & Shoulder
- Digestive issues
- Depression & Anxiety
- Neurological conditions (i.e. migraines, car accidents)
- Women's Health (fertility, pregnancy, menstrual disorders, menopause)
In the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar, understanding of yoga therapy evolves from a deep and prolonged personal practice of yoga. Knowledge and sensitivity of the physical and emotional body comes from a teacher's own practice and from breaking down the barriers between themselves, the world and others. This is not something you can merely learn from a book or pick up in a weekend workshop but is best learned through years of hands-on learning. For more information on scientific research of the efficacy of Iyengar Yoga Therapy here.
Private Yoga Sessions
Cynthia offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions to help student develop a home practice of yoga to manage their specific conditions:
- Pain management
- Recovering from an injury
- Preparing for or recovering from surgery or medical treatment
- Managing depression and anxiety
- Managing neurological issues
- Working with hormonal imbalances
Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014)
B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others." Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as "Iyengar Yoga." CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.
Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence developed by the CIYT to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.
Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.
Description courtesy of iynaus.org