CONNECT WITH THE FORCE OF LIFE
YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine is a practice for everyone to tangibly feel the ways you are connected with the planet, the cosmos, and all life, so that you can experience greater energy, mental clarity, and relaxation.
If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
YEM in Three Easy Steps
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Vanda Scaravelli was a pupil of both BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. Her unique approach, with attention to gravity, the breath and a natural wave in the spine, all in a natural playful rhythm, spoke to me at a very deep level and helped me trust more completely in the body’s innate wisdom. Though Scaravelli had few students, I was fortunate to complete a teacher training with one of them, Esther Myers.
I took my first yoga classes in Sivananda Yoga in Montreal in my teens. In early adulthood, I took my first yoga teacher training at the Sivananda ashram just outside the village of Neyyar Dam in the state of Kerala, India. There, I learned about the breadth of yogic culture and history, as well as yoga’s profound effect on day-to-day living. I came to see what a practical and comprehensive science yoga is, teaching us to live all aspects of life more fully.
After I returned from India, I studied Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, as well as chi kung. These came together in what I then called Total Yoga when I co-founded the University of Toronto’s Active Integration and Holistic Education Program. Over time, YEM arose effortlessly through my yoga and meditation practice.
Yoga has given me so much. YEM is my way of sharing that richness with you.