Yoga Therapy for Heart Disease & COPD

Our immune system is our innate capacity and wisdom to maintain equilibrium, restore health, and rejuvenate. A variety of stressors - physical and psychosocial, internal and external - can impact and impede our capacity for self-healing.

This gentle workshop will help you tap into and boost your body's and mind's own healing powers and support the parasympathetic nervous system, and is geared for adults facing challenges due to all stages (in or out of treatment) of heart disease, heart conditions, and chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as caregivers.

Our emphasis will be on reducing the affects of stress in the body-mind, boosting relaxation, improving efficient breathing, alleviating side effects of symptoms and treatment, exploring heart-rate variability, and restoring vitality. We will practice awareness, gentle postures (on chairs or on the floor), breathing exercises, deep relaxation, guided imagery, meditation, and skillful application of yoga in our daily lives. Enjoy renewal from the inside out!

No previous yoga experience required. In Takoma Park.

"Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, and facilitate healing in the person at all levels."
- TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar

Lakshmi is a Yoga Therapist who has been working with clients with cancer and chronic illness since 2011. She was trained as a yoga therapist by Jnani Chapman, a cardiac rehab nurse who designed the initial yoga protocol for Dean Ornish, M.D.'s Program to Reverse Heart Disease - a comprehensive lifestyle approach that has supported thousands of patients since 1983. Lakshmi is certified through the International Association for Yoga Therapists.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jan 5 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00


Archana Gupta is a recent graduate of The Mindfulness Center 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. She has also received her Budding Yoga certificate in 2017 to teach kids yoga. She first discovered yoga as way to manage stress and to block out the chatter, and quickly fell in love with mindfulness and peacefulness of practicing yoga. Her love for children and yoga/mindfulness led her to get certified to teach children yoga. Seeking a deeper connection to yoga, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. When Archana first started taking yoga classes after a long hiatus (15yrs), a teacher kept emphasizing to “focus on your breath”. While going through the certification it finally clicked. When you focus on your breath you are focusing on breathing and moving mindfully.