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About Linda Lang and Therapeutic Yoga 

Linda Lang has brought yoga into the greater Washington community since 1999. During that time her work has been offered through hospitals and universities, including the Center for Integrative Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  where she served on staff for eight years.  A certified yoga therapist, she currently serves on the Advisory Council of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has served on the Advisory Board of Life In Yoga.

As Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she has been a frequent lecturer on subjects of therapeutic applications of yoga and meditation; student, resident and physician wellness; community wellness, personal and professional development; leadership; and yoga in integrative medicine. Her dedication as a practicum preceptor and mentor is highly regarded.

During the Covid-19 viral pandemic, Linda provides support to the GWU medical community through the Zoom platform and continues to work with the GWU School of Public Health to bring integrative yogic practices into professional healthcare communities. 

Linda was invited to present at Grand Rounds for Pediatric Anesthesiology at Children's National Medical Center in 2016, and presented at Grand Rounds for the GW Medical School's Medical Faculty Associates, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on October 27, 2016.

Certified in the medical arena of Cardiac Yoga, she presents classes, workshops and seminars throughout the year. She has taught within the Georgetown University's Masters program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, many non-profit organizations and numerous public and private educational institutions and corporations.

With more than 1500 hours of training, she holds the professional designation with the national Yoga Alliance as E-RYT  ~  for "teachers with significant teaching experience who want to train teachers or conduct continuing education" and serves as YACEP, offering continuing education credit. Linda joined the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified through them as C-IAYT.

Serving as Symposium Director for Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington, Linda collaborated with the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Asian art museums of the Smithsonian, on the world premier of Yoga: The Art of Transformation. The exhibit opened in Washington, D.C. on October 19th, 2013. She spearheaded the symposium on Yoga: The Art and Science of Transformation with a focus on Modern Yoga: Practice, Therapy and Research, which took place in January 2014 in the Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery of Art. It was a ground-breaking experience for museums and integrative medicine, and a landmark event for therapeutic yoga in America. 

In 2017 and 2019, her alignment with the Smithsonian Associates brought forth the weekend events featuring YOGA AS LIFESTYLE MEDICINE.

In addition to teaching, Linda is engaged in projects demonstrating the benefits of yoga as a life style choice, as personal and professional skill development  and as a palliative modality. She coordinates workshops and presentations for therapeutic practitioners, medical students and members of the medical community to learn more about research and ways to integrate yoga into clinical settings.

As a result of her leadership, and keen desire to bring like-minded professionals together, she is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Linda has studied yoga with master teachers since the late '90's including Thomas Meyers, John Friend, Doug Keller, Martin Kirk, Betsey Downing, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Desiree Rambaugh and Todd Norian. Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Sally Kempton and Richard Miller have been influential in her study of meditation and yoga nidra.

Linda is a dedicated teacher with a comprehensive perspective.

It’s really quite perfect: Linda emphasizes total competency and professionalism, alignment, caring and compassion, accommodation and modification, therapeutics and hands-on adjustments.

Therapeutic Yoga

Yoga is the epitome of integrative, comprehensive health care.

Therapeutic Yoga is a complement to the classical approach to teaching yoga, much like an additional doorway. It has been added to the basic offerings because it is a separate and distinct opportunity to focus inward, to create a practice for people with challenging lives, living under difficult conditions,  perhaps experiencing physical restrictions or adapting to degenerative disease. The door is always open to this work, this practice, this way of life...

The healing quality of yoga is impressive and often immediate for a practitioner, regardless of their level of experience. This is fascinating, and has inspired a dedication to teach people how to make the most of every day to create and maintain optimal well-being.  It is a pro-active practice, prevention at its best.

This is why I collaborate with medical advisers, health professionals and rehabilitation specialists to offer comprehensive teachings that are targeted and effective. As a result, we integrate our modalities and work together to help people cope with injuries and illness, pain, emotional adjustments, challenges of aging, limiting conditions and life-style changes.

You can practice with me in downtown Washington and the Maryland suburbs.  

What makes yoga a healing art?

It is fair to say that the physical aspects of yoga, when practiced with proper alignment and coordinated breath work, are therapeutic: the yoga strengthens muscles, aligns the spine, creates greater range of motion and flexibility, prevents and reverses many symptoms of degenerative conditions including osteoporosis and diabetes.

Its physiological benefits regulate blood pressure, help balance the endocrine system, enhance fertility, improve stress management, contribute to the innate capacity of the body to fight illness and infection, reducing headaches, pulmonary disorders, abdominal distress and painful joints.

Yoga affects our bio-chemistry and can create a sense of lightness and optimism, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety that lead to eating and sleep disorders.

While every yoga class can be experienced as having therapeutic value, therapeutic classes are created with the mission of reducing pain and discomfort while increasing enthusiasm for life. Classes with a therapeutic emphasis are focused on a student's physical condition and capabilities. By honoring the individual, the teacher builds upon their strengths to help them blossom within what they perceive to be limitations. People then learn to see their potential and the power of limits rather than feeling trapped, stuck or hopelessly "less than" they were before.

Therein resides the healing art of the practice.

Yoga therapeutics are effective for relieving:

  • tension in neck & shoulders, hips & knees
  • headaches, abdominal and digestive distress
  • high blood pressure
  • long term physical and emotional effects of stress
  • chronic fatigue
  • pain associated with acute or chronic conditions

Therapeutic aspects of yoga allow us to:

  • gain acceptance of "what is," recognize & appreciate our strengths, rather than emphasize our perceived weakness
  • honor limitations and find our personal power 
  • honor our condition, disease or disability without over-identifying with it
  • recognize and use specific actions to manage and alleviate pain and discomfort

The benefits are profound:                             
      * creates inner & outer strength and stability 
      * redefines personal capabilities & potential    
      * enhances balance and controlled movement         
      * improves flexibility of the spine & bone health
      * deepens relaxation, quiets the mind
      * initiates internal processes that inspire healing

This therapeutic focus is to promote a refined understanding of the innate intelligence of the body and its ability to repair, restore, recover and heal itself. Physical, psychological and emotional benefits are the result of a dedicated personal practice,  a practice that can be enhanced and enriched by a spiritual perspective.

A focus on therapeutic aspects of yoga is:

Informative. We learn to listen to our bodies and see our selves as we are. The more we understand about anatomy and biological processes, the more mindful we can be about the process of healing.

If you can feel it, you can heal it.

Practical. We can learn asana, pranayama and meditation to promote healing, reduce negative energy, remove obstacles, relieve stress.
Inspirational. This is Effective, IT WORKS.
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