About Independent Wellness
Lucy T. Holmes, C.O.T.A., Certified Yoga Therapist, has been practicing and teaching yoga for over twenty years. Her background includes training in the Dynamic, Iyengar, Anusara, Astanga, Kripalu, and Bikram traditions of yoga. She completed her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu in 1994, and from 2002 to 2004 she attended a state certified, 723 hour advanced studies program with Richard Rosen and Rodney Yee in Piedmont, California where she focused on Yoga for Disabilities. She has studied with Elise Browning Miller and Judith Lasater, specializing in yoga for scoliosis and restorative yoga, respectively. In addition, she holds a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and has worked as a home health caregiver since 2009. Lucy has worked with a variety of populations, including seniors and those with mental and physical disabilities. Her approach is informed by her practice of massage therapy 1989 through 2004, and through her participation in Native American and Buddhist ceremony and teachings, experiential education, music and dance. She currently practices Tai Chi and Therapeutic Horsemanship, and has a passion for the out-of-doors. In January 2016 Lucy traveled to Kerala, India for an immersion in yoga philosophy, meditation, chanting, and ritual. Since 2005 her primary teachers are Matthew and Holly Krepps, Circle Yoga Shala, Robin Buck, Jane's House of Well-being, and Mary Paffard, MaryYoga
Lucy offers both classes and private sessions; one-on-one work is the most effective way to benefit from Yoga Therapy. All work is done with an emphasis on the independence of the client/student, and with deep honoring and respect for the client/student's inherent wisdom and true nature. Private sessions include an individualized assessment of all aspects of functionality (physical, cognitive/emotional, and spiritual). The client is encouraged to actively participate in setting their own goals/outcomes. Sessions are 1 to 1½ hours, with a standard rate of $80/hour. Sessions can take place in the student's home, a public studio, or Lucy's private studio. References furnished upon request. All communications are strictly confidential.
Lucy is a member of the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) and the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and obtained her Yoga Therapist certification in October 2017.
Hatha Yoga is a Sanskrit term that can be defined as "Adamant Practice" or "Method to Union" and consists of philosophic, physical, and energetic exercises originating in ancient India. Today Hatha Yoga classes commonly focus on the physical practice of postures (asana) which are influenced by modern Indian gymnastics and wrestling. Some classes include meditation, chanting and kriyas, which can be movement, breathing, or cleansing practices. Yoga is considered to be a path of Self-inquiry, Self-development, and Self-transformation. According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Yoga is a practice that employs restraints of personal and social conduct,(yamas and niyamas), physical exercises (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), turning the senses inward (pratyahara), focused concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana), and deep relaxation and surrender (samadhi). Thus Hatha Yoga can create a balance of power, clarity, and equanimity, as well as an opening to one's full potential. The scientific system of Yoga is based on the teachings of ancient texts called Vedas and Upanishads, as well as a rich oral tradition and classical texts such as the Hatha Yoga Pradikipa, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ashtavakra Gita, and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Yoga recognizes a relationship between the basic unchanging True Nature of human beings and Its awareness of and identification with the phenomenal and changing empirical world.