We are so thrilled to announce: Pam Steinick of Atha SomaYoga has done it! She has completed the 1000 hour training (for those that work a 40 hour work week, that would be 25 straight weeks of working Monday - Friday 9-5pm!) to become a Certified Yoga Therapist!
All yoga is potentially therapeutic, but with yoga therapy, the practitioner uses specific yoga tools such as breath work, postures, meditation techniques and so much more to address a client's specific needs which could be emotional, physical, or mental in nature. Some common areas that bring people to a Yoga Therapists door are Chronic/Persistent Pain, Chronic or Terminal Illness Support, Mental Health, Neurological Conditions, and General Wellness.
Pam will continue her work at Sacred Health with both her group classes as well as private sessions with clients. Some of the ways that her work can help individuals: Chronic Pain: Many Types of pain respond better to gentle movement then they do to resting. Fibromyalgia and Arthritis are two such common diagnoses, but Pam works with anyone with Chronic or Persistent Pain Conditions. She can evaluate the ways you are currently using your body, and show you how to release tension (the underlying cause for a lot of the pain in the body) and how to manage your pain with gentle movement.
Illness Support/Chronic or Terminal Illness: Yoga Therapy can effectively support people with Chronic Conditions like diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, or neurological disorders, like Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis. This can also be a wonderful therapy for caregivers, and those working with these patient types to assist in their underlying stress and tension. Multiple studies have been done on the benefits of yoga on those with underlying Neurological Conditions.
Mental Health: Yoga sees Mind and Body part of one integrated system, and the Sister Science to Yoga (Ayurveda) recognizes that the Mind is intricately tied to the state of the body. Yoga specifically designed for the individual can help understand and assist in the management of mental health conditions, disorders, and states of imbalance.
NOT Physical Therapy: Physical therapy focuses on restoring function and may use techniques like exercise (which can include postures similar to yoga), manual therapies, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and dry needling. Yoga therapy, on the other hand, uses its practices to foster regulation, resilience, and well-being. In addition to poses, or asanas, tools of yoga therapy include breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, self-inquiry, and lifestyle change.
Sacred Health could not be more proud of Pam Steinick's achievement. Pam is not a stranger to experiencing pain in her life; and she has discovered just how amazing and life changing the practice of SomaYoga can be. This drive allowed her to finish the training, and now become one of the instructors for Yoga North, where she completed her training. We are honored and humbled to be the studio where Pam calls home, and to be the new Des Moines stomping ground for all things Soma. Pam starts our local 500 hour training for SomaYoga starting Oct 9th, 2020! Pam believes that 'the time is now' and fully appreciates that 'we are all designed for wellness'. Whether you are a Yoga Instructor hoping to expand your practice, or an individual hoping to find a way to manage your Chronic Pain or Disorders, she has a way to help. Reach out to her here! You can also contact Sacred Health with any questions you might have! Please join us in congratulating her on this AMAZING achievement!