At Panchamaya Yoga Therapy Clinic, we believe that all aspects of the individual are integrated.
About Our Clinic
Panchamaya Yoga Therapy is a clinic dedicated to the restoration of movement and reduction of pain through a total mind-body approach of yoga and physical therapeutics.
We’ve supported clients in experiencing freedom from pain, enhanced focus, emotional integration, the ability to walk and exercise, sleep well, a return to work and family, improved outlook and quality of life and so many more benefits.
It is our great honor to serve you in your recovery to total mind-body health. We are confident in the results we can achieve and we hope you will take the journey with us.
Our roots are found in the Viniyoga Tradition. Viniyoga is the legacy of Sri Krishnamacharaya. a renowned Indian yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer, and scholar who is often referred to as the ‘Father of Modern Yoga.’ The therapeutic nature of his yoga work was passed down to his son T. K. V. Desikachar, who later opened the first Yoga Therapy Clinic in Chennai, India called Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandarim (KYM).
Western teachers and practitioners have carried on his legacy by continuing to refine yoga therapy as a modality as they assist clients in the process of improved health and well-being. Gary Kraftsow, Chase Bossart, Dr. Dolphi Wertenbaker M.D., Leslie Kaminoff and Sonja Nelson are directly descended from this lineage and provide immeasurable value to the field and study of yoga therapy.
We offer them our deepest gratitude for carrying on the wisdom of this tradition.
Our thoughts are not simply engineered by the brain, they are influenced by our experiences of joy, sensations of physical pain, memories of loss or regret and patterns in our daily lives. We might think that meditation or Dhanya, for example, is the only tool that can help the mind, but this is not true. Focus on positive experiences, singing, chanting, mantra, or movement in the body can all have beneficial effects on the mind.
The layer of behavior or personality is Vignanamaya, which means individuality, or “what makes you special”. This includes all of your experiences, memories and daily habits. It profoundly affects all of the other aspects of self and is within your control to shift through physical movement, breathwork, meditation, mantra and self inquiry.
In the Bird Model, the breath or Pranamaya is the driver. When the body is at rest, the breath is even and smooth. When the thoughts are racing, the breath is rapid and shallow. When we recall stressful moments, we feel palpitations in the heart. When we have feelings of love and hope, the breath is full. The breath goes everywhere.
In the Panchamaya model this layer is referred to as Anandamaya, which translates to “joy”. This is so much more specific than emotion because it indicates the highest expression of feeling, or absence thereof. What brings you joy? Is there a void in your life where joy could be? How does this affect your mind, your body, your behavior?
Our body is made of cells and blood which build tissues, it gives us our structure form and is referred to as the Anamaya kosha. Moving our bodies is a great way to feed these components, but breath work can also deliver nourishment as it rides on the pathways of the nervous system and reduces inflammation and to create space for healthy cells to grow.
— Meet Our Yoga Therapists —
All members of our team have been trained specifically through the Viniyoga tradition, whose lineage is linked to the renowned KYM Center for Yoga Therapy in Chennai India and have received certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Our teachers and practitioners at Panchamaya are well schooled in a variety of modalities including Yoga Therapeutics, Feldenkrais, Trauma Therapeutics, Orthopedics and Occupational Therapy. They have graduated top of their fields with great honors and work closely with the medical community.