Motion on Mainstreet

A Division of Colorado Center for Physical Therapy

Yoga Therapy

Instructors: Lea-Ann Born McMillan & Ketna Shah

Yoga in its complete form was intended to be an adjunct to any practice which nurtures the elevation of mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda, the science of self-healing, is the oldest system of medicine known to man. Ayurveda embodies a complete guide to disease prevention, maintaining good health, and recovering from poor health (rejuvenation). This includes efficient breathing, relaxation, diet and nutrition, constitutional body types & characteristics, and the skillful application of food & herbs designed to support good health and lasting change. Although we do not teach Ayurveda specifically, it’s time tested principles are interwoven into our Yoga Therapy program.

If you are looking for a holistic approach to improving the quality of your health, or, recovering from an injury and looking for some new and lasting tools for restoration, Yoga Therapy may be a good adjunct for you. You will work one on one with a Certified Yoga Therapist who will carefully (& non-judgmentally) listen to your concerns, evaluate the quality of your breath, posture, movement, and constitutional type. Based on their findings, simple but potentially life changing breathing exercises, relaxation practices, and restorative yoga postures will be administered. State of mind, environment, & lifestyle adjustment recommendations may also be shared.

Yoga props such as specialized cushions are used to make restorative yoga postures more comfortable and enjoyable. If a person has lost flexibility, these props along with expert instruction will allow them to perform and practice a posture with ease. They will then be able to apply the efficient breathing that has been shown to them and gain the maximum benefit of the posture or stretch.

Lea-Ann Born McMillan

Lea-Ann serves as a yoga and Pilates Therapist at Colorado Center for Physical Therapy for 14 years. She comes from a contemporary ballet background. Ultimately an injury prevented Lea-Ann from continuing to perform but fueled the desire to continue working with the body.

Lea-Ann specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga and Pilates methodology. She has a wide range of experience working with orthopedic and alignment dysfunctions including back, hip, knees, feet and ankles. Lea-Ann has experience working with individuals who have auto-immune disorders, ambulatory stroke victims and individuals who suffer from chronic pain.

In addition, to therapeutic applications of yoga and Pilates, Lea-Ann enjoys working with individuals to promote healthier and active lifestyles. Lea-Ann works with individuals and offers group classes that focus on proper breathing mechanics and overall body strengthening and flexibility in proper alignment.
Lea-Ann is 200 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Her yoga training has been through the Himalayan International Institute under the guidance of Rolf Sovik, Sandy Anderson and Pandit Rajmani Tiguanait. She has taken classes on yoga therapeutics with Martin Kirk. Lea-Ann has studied with many well-known instructors that focus and emphasis alignment based movement, including Anusara immersion courses with Jeannie Manchester. Lea-Ann pilates certification through the PhysicalMind Institute. Her continued studies in pilates emphasis their therapeutic applications.

Ketna Shah

Ketna Shah is an RYT-500 level therapist with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Yoga Therapist by IAYT (since 2004). She has studied under renowned Indian Gurus like A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan and has been practicing Yoga both in the East and the West for over 15 years. Born and brought up in India, she has deep insight into the cultural, spiritual and philosophical aspects of Yoga. Living in the US during the last 13 years, she is in a unique position to transmit and make these insights accessible to western students. Ketna teaches a form of yoga that emphasizes breath and movement.

“Ketna’s deeper motivation to give up her professional accounting career to instruct yoga was related to her firm belief in its ability to reduce stress. She believes that the restorative and healing nature of yoga arises due to its ability to counter stress. She has since pursued deeper study into principles of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition, and Yoga Therapy. She now combines all of these in a holistic practice that inspects all aspects of her students’ lives to provide them with solutions that mitigate stress levels.”

“Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda are both deeply personalized practices. They start with your body-type and also look at your overall-life style choices and eating habits. The idea is to find the source of imbalance that leads to stress and to counter that. The intervention involves recommendation for changes in eating, sleeping, and work-related habits. A personalized yoga routine, a personalized breathing technique, and a simple meditation technique, designed to fit in your schedule, are also provided.”

For more information about Ketna Shah, visit mylifeyoga.com/about/

To schedule an appointment, please call 303-797-0988.

* Most Insurance Accepted. Competitive cash prices and packages are available. We are a Medicare and Workers Compensation approved facility. Call us and we will help determine which payment plan works best for you.

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