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Using yoga as medicine can improve patient satisfaction and patient outcomes, but did you also know it can lower your overhead costs? Many students, patients, and clinicians alike wonder exactly what equipment they need to use yoga as medicineeffectively. I have found, anecdotally, that in my 20 years of practice, the "yoga toys" (pictured at right) are the only equipment I have ever needed. Sure, I do also use the clinic walls, chairs, and sometimes have patients do yoga in the pool (aquatic therapy). But walls and chairs are typically part and parcel of your space or home.
To get started, here are the "yoga toys" you will need:
- Yoga mat - I use thicker mats than the typical...
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As a practitioner
Using yoga as medicine can provide your practice with:
- Business plans for expansion of services with reduced overhead
- Lower employee turnover, improved practitioner well-being, and decreased practitioner burnout
- Stress management and work/life balance skills
- Improved continuity of care, patient satisfaction, & outcomes
What clinicians are saying...
"I love the research-based approach and the scientific validation "
I love Ginger's research-based approach and her provision of scientific validation for her theory through use of the biopsychosocial model. Her methods help us approach patients who are reluctant to expand beyond the biomedical or strictly physical realm. I appreciate Ginger's passion and intensity and her ability to hold gracious space simultaneously while encouraging discussion and debate to come to a mutual understanding. Ginger's program is excellent.Stefanie Foster, PT, DPTAustin, TX
"Ginger is remarkable, her energy and spirit radiate her mission."
Ginger is remarkable, her energy and spirit radiate her mission. Her passion is contagious and has all the evidence-base to back it up! PYTS is the missing link in healthcare today. The participants in the course this week all feel validated in the way we feel our profession should move forward - now we have a platform which we can spring forward from!Sue March, PTWinter Park, FL
"Solid Evidence-Based Course"
The great strength of Ginger's teaching in Yoga as Medicine for Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum is the evidence-based practice. All information she provides is supported by current science. And getting to practice and try all the movement therapies she teaches with assistance from Ginger for modifications and proper positioning is invaluable.NicoleDPT
"I have truly been challenged by the framework of PYTS in all areas - professionally and personally. "
Ginger is an inspiration and wonderful teacher. Her passion for safe healthcare will help us all make a difference! I have truly been challenged by the framework of PYTS in all areas of my life and am motivated to start practicing these grounded principles in my own life!Veronica WhetselPT, MPTAnnapolis, MDUnited States
"I am now committed to incorporating yoga and its principles into my practice as a clinician"
After 21 years of professional practice, I found the PYTS experience to be one of my most fulfilling. It not only engaged me physically (as a kinesthetic learner) but weaved a connection between mind and soul that I've found difficult to bridge in those patients that need that encompassing approach. I am now committed to incorporating yoga and its principles into my practice as a clinician. Thanks to all who have paved this path for us to follow. I am eternally grateful."PT, PYT-CSan Diego, CAUnited States
As a patient
Does your medical provider prescribe yoga as medicine? Medical therapeutic yoga can:
- Decrease your risk of chronic disease
- Help you prevent or manage new or long-standing pain
- Manage stress better and develop life-long healthy habits
- Provide integrative medicine resources proven to support longevity
What patients are saying...
"I walk taller. I swim faster. I bike farther. "
I have been studying with Ginger for almost a year now. When I first started I could not even take a walk in the mall without pain. I was having back issues (herniated discs) when I started seeing her – and I could not do hardly anything. But after only a few months of seeing Ginger, I experienced a big difference. Using her techniques has made a huge difference in my life – I walk taller. I swim faster. I bike farther.
Since starting with Ginger, I honestly say I feel 10 years younger! I have built so much strength and now I’m even doing backbends and hand stands in yoga class – just like I used to do when I was a teenager! Even the relaxation techniques are so important. I never used to take the time to breathe and relax the proper way. But now that I do, I am less stressed when problems come my way. I sleep better at night. I used to have a ringing in my ears that bothered me most every night and that has gone away completely. Ginger’s yoga and techniques are what have allowed me to regain my health – and have made a HUGE contribution to my well being. I sing her praises every chance I get!Angie CooperChronic low back pain and post-surgical patientSwanboro, NCUnited States
"I am getting relief"
After being in pain so long (3 years), I am getting relief from working with Ginger…even after just a few weeks of therapy. I have been through 3 years of conventional treatment for my spine problems, and after working with Ginger for such a short time even, I am much improved. My neck and head feel much better. I follow Ginger’s medical therapeutic yoga prescription and physical therapy program and my hip and spine are also feeling much better (hip&leg). Also, I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me, working with me, and sharing your knowledge with me. You have given me such a better understanding of my situation…but even greater you have given me HOPE again! Thank you so much!Brian ShippYoung Entrepreneur
"I have better flexibility, balance, and blood pressure than I have had in years"
Every Thursday morning after having worked with Ginger on Wednesday evening – it never fails – my blood pressure is the lowest. I have better flexibility, balance, and blood pressure than I have had in years. My spinal alignment and posture is improved and best of all – I’m having fun too.George CollinsAttorney
"My back feels the best it has in years"
After only a few sessions with Ginger in her group restorative classes my back feels the best it has in years. Ginger’s understanding of pathophysiology of the body makes such a difference. I offer my thanks to Ginger and I look forward to more classes with her.Vickie BurgessRN and 20 year veteran in oncology nursing