Meet the Instructor
Penney Warren is a certified Yoga Therapist, receiving certification in “Yoga of the Heart”? a specialized training in Cancer and Cardiac Yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Penney will bring a compassionate perspective to her students, as she is also a cancer survivor.
Penney also holds a 200-hour certification from the Yoga Therapy College in Houston, Texas.
Penney also holds a 40 hour Master Vinyasa Certificate from Les Leventhal, teaching in the Forrest tradition
She is an active teacher in the Houston area, teaching at the YMCA, Samadhi Yoga and Dance Studio, MD Anderson, the VA Hospital, the MS Society, the Houston Arboretum and various other locations.
She is also supervising the Yoga porton of a research study with the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Vermont on the effects of the Yoga 3 part breath and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
“Yoga of the Heart” is a specialized program consisting of Deep Relaxation, Yoga postures, breathing and group support. This program has been clinically proved to REVERSE heart disease when combined with diet and exercise. It is an alternative to traditional surgical remedies. It will also help anyone facing a life threatening illness by reducing stress and allowing the body to use its energy for repair, rather than maintenance.
The program was developed by Nischala Joy Devi, Stress Management Director for the “Lifestyle Heart Trial”, and it is still being used in major hospitals around the United States. Nischala Devi also developed the Yoga Portion of the Commonweal Cancer program in Bolinas, California with Dr. Michael Lerner. She had the honor of studying with Yoga masters in the US, India and around the world for over 25 years and is now a world renowned Master Teacher in her own right.
Stress is now considered the foremost contributor to modern chronic maladies such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and hypertension. Under stress, the body is unable to use its energy for healing. It spends most of it just for surviving.
“Yoga of the Heart” program consists of 6 sessions requiring preregistration. Within this program, a typical class will be 1-1 ½ hours, beginning with a short relaxation. Next, it will be a series of GENTLE yoga postures that can be done seated, standing or lying on a mat, or in a bed. according to the individual fitness level of each participant. The postures will progress as the weeks go by. Next, it will be a deep relaxation. When the body is fully relaxed we will begin some work with the breath, allowing the breath to carry fresh oxygen to all parts of the body and slowing down the mind. Then a visualization and/or meditation to complete the cycle. As the mind and body are allowed to come into balance, the energy will be released for healing.
Many people feel a sense of empowerment by taking responsibility for their own health and well being. These methods can be used by patients before and after surgery (with modifications) and also by spouses, loved ones and caregivers.