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When I get that feeling, I need yoga-based healing…

May 18, 2012

I need to say, that the internets hold a treasure trove of weird, bad and awful. I searched today for “healing” and switched to images only to find that 90% of images associated with healing are a pair of glowing hands. I’m not sure what I thought I would find there…but voila.

Yesterday, I investigated a yoga “center.” I’m not going to say studio, because it really isn’t. It is the Healing Yoga Foundation of San Francisco, and it is in a lovely cottage in the Marina. The center was founded by some people in the T. Krishnamacharya lineage, one of them, Chase Bossart, was a guest lecturer in my training program. It was only a matter of time before I ended up there, and I chose sooner rather than later.

I can’t really review a place like HYF, because what they’re doing is so very different from most other studios. They are a registered non-profit and they are literally spreading their roots in the healing community. HYF is running several community yoga programs with both health-affected and at-risk populations. I think that is totally rad. I love that there are people bringing yoga beyond the Western misinterpretations of yoga.

Aside from their community activism, HYF is probably running one of the best training programs out there. It is a500 hr training over 2.5 years. No more, no less. There is no 200 hr training, probably because everyone knows you hardly learn anything in a 200 hr certification course…besides, HYF’s training starts you out solidly for a Yoga Therapy track. Yoga Therapy is the next up and coming holistic health wave apparently, and someone recently told me to start calling myself a Yoga Therapy while there was no certification required. I was mildly shocked that this was suggested to me because it seemed so dishonest! Now that  I’m close to HYF though I think I can probably start winding down the long road to a Yoga Therapy training…and maybe, just maybe someday I can call myself a Yoga Therapist.

I plan on making myself something of a fixture with this organization. Seems very in line with the way I function. I would highly recommend anyone in the SF  Bay area looking to do a training go to HYF.

[image: Healing Connections]

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