Katy Benjamin E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT 1000
Certified Yoga Therapist
Are you living with Scoliosis or Kyphosis, Spinal fusion, chronic pain or other back care issues? Are you looking for other ways to support spinal alignment and overall health and wellness? Meet Katy Benjamin, E-RYT, C-IAYT, certified yoga therapist who not only serves others with back care issues, but also lives first hand with scoliosis, spinal fusion, and chronic pain. She is trained in Yoga for Scoliosis©and has been managing these conditions with yoga tools for over 16 years. Can’t make that time? Attend public therapeutic classes every Thursday at 5:30. Katy is also available one on one for private yoga therapy sessions.
Big Island Yoga Therapy aims to serve members of our community through sliding scale/donation-based sessions that make courses accessible for ALL. Attendance of at least 6 people is needed to launch this next series, so please contact Katy if you are interested. In the meantime, Katy already has by donation Therapeutic Classes running for the general public on TH 5:30 at 239 Haili Street in Hilo. Call 321-7707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to secure your spot in the next Yoga for Scoliosis Series!
As you may know, recent studies have shown that yoga and other body-based healing modalities can help access and release trauma stored in the body. We also know the profound impact developing a community can have on personal healing. In addition to specific training in Trauma Sensitivity, yoga therapy and modifications, Kathryn Benjamin brings over 15 years of experience in the mental health field to this program. Both she and Intern Rebecca have been using yoga tools to help manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression for many years, which is in part, why we are so passionate about serving our community in this way.
The reality is holistic care is often out of financial reach for many in our community. Yoga is often viewed and experienced as something that is, “Not for me,” because of cost, westernized ‘yoga fashion’, or seeing yoga as something for mainly white/thin/healthy/happy/cis/able-bodied women. We believe everyone deserves a variety of tools to support with mental health. Accessibility, service, and inclusiveness are three of the main tenets of BIYT’s approach to yoga, which is why all BIYT sessions are offered by donation and on a sliding scale. However, to make this model sustainable for our teachers, and to expand course offerings, we need the financial support of those in our community who are able to do so. If you are in a position to help fund this program and share with your clients, learn more here. If you are interested in signing up for this program, contact us here.
Yoga classes with a trained teacher can be an invaluable resource to offer your employees or clients. In the corporate setting, classes can be targeted to meet your companies needs, during lunch breaks, before or after work days. Classes can illuminate themes on self-care and ways of breathing, employing proper physical alignment and focus to transition to the work place and off the mat. Learn chair techniques to alleviate pain and tension from sitting at desks, or dealing with stressful day to day situations. As a certified Yoga Therapist, Katy is uniquely trained to understand the complexities of your population and the yoga tools to best support their needs.
Facilities that treat mental illness, schools and alternative school programs, and other organizations that promote healthy and balanced lives benefit greatly from the addition of a weekly or bi-weekly yoga class. These offerings are always trauma-sensitive and are delivered in a patient and very intentional manner. Special care is taken in understanding where clients may be at in their process by checking in with teachers, care providers and therapists. As many clients in these situations have little to no knowledge of yoga or its practices, these classes work from basics of how to hold the body, the role of breath in emotional and mental states, and the practice of the two. Classes will always be made accessible to every member of a community. Anyone can practice yoga, regardless of physical, emotional or mental barriers.
For more information on how your organization may benefit from yoga services.
Private sessions are a great way to kick start or supplement your yoga practice. Ideal for those recovering from injury, people with PTSD or other trauma, for weight loss and nutritional support, and for those who have stepped away from yoga or other physical activity for an extended period of time. Private sessions allow the client to focus in on what they need and receive one-on-one support and instruction.
Private Group Sessions are intended for a group of friends and family (2-8 people) that would like a class in the home or a public setting. This can be a great option if you would like to get people involved in yoga that are intimidated to join a public class for physical or emotional reasons.
Aloha Wellness Center 239 Haili Street, Hilo, HI
Whether you are planning for a hospital, birthing center or home birth, this class will help to prepare your physical and subtle body for a powerful birthing experience. This series format will allow participants to build their knowledge of yoga from any level. We will work together in an intimate setting, creating loving relationships to support pregnancy, birthing and beyond! Post-natal moms with non-crawling babies welcome, as are birth professionals.
Topics to be covered in each 6 week series include: pranayama (breathing), asana (physical postures), setting intentions, creating sacred space for labor and delivery, relationships with food and body image, partnerships, forgiveness, fears and deep relaxation.
Email to register. Class is offered as a series, sliding scale is available for those in need.
Aloha Wellness Center 239 Haili Street, Hilo, HI
This is an all-levels class with an emphasis on healing through self-awareness. Each class is created around the needs of the students, including their energy levels, pain, injury, illness, and areas of interest. Classes include: pranayama, inquisitive asana, breath-work, somatics, strength building, mudra, yoga nidra and restorative practices. Open to every body, age, or experience. Contact Katy if you have any questions about the class or how yoga can support you best. Intern Rebecca Rubenstein is subbing August 16-October 4.