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Professional Development continued symptoms/duhkha. 2. Find the cause(s). 3. Set intention to eliminate the cause(s). 4. Put into the practice the means of elimi- nating the cause(s) from all the koshas. We can, however, also phrase the same strategy in this way: “In YRx we believe each individual's pain and suffer- ing to be unique to that person. Working together, you and I will creatively inquire into and search for a deeper understand- ing of where they come from. Modern sci- ence says that pain is very complex and made up of the many parts of our lives while suffering is the story or narrative we have been told or have told ourselves Do you hear and feel the difference? More about CI CI is a form of research that can be used with individuals and groups. It consists of a process of 1. Learning new skills and perspectives about pain and suffering; 2. Practicing and paying attention to the outcomes; and then 3. Re-assessing and modifying practice and teachings based on those discov- eries. yoga as a therapy. As a profession, we can insist there is some purist form of practice—and by doing so reach the 15% of the population that are early adopters and befuddle the rest—or we can trans- form our story as practitioners in order to relieve our collective suffering of not being recognized and respected. We do this by creating an accessible next evolution of yoga that invites a much greater propor- tion of our communities to experience, explore, and then promote YRx as the profound therapy that we all know it is. Our future suffering is avoidable just like that of our clients. Your creative inquiry into how best to fulfill our mutual mission as yoga therapists promises to yield the joy, wonder, passion, hope, and conviviality we all earnestly seek. Do the tapas of birthing something new rather than accepting the easy momentum of habit. By inserting these concepts of CI and YRx into your marketing, conversa- tions, and referral source interactions, you will be able to invite many others into the inquiry. YTT References 1. Taylor, M. J. (2007). What is yoga therapy? An IAYT defini- tion. Yoga Therapy in Practice, Dec 2007, p. 3. 2. Montuori, A. (2008). The joy of inquiry. Journal of Trans- formative Education, 6:1, 8–26. 3. Montuori, A. (1998). Creative inquiry: From instrumental knowing to love of knowledge. In J. Petrankar, (Ed.), Light of Knowledge. Oakland: Dharma Publishing. 4. Montuori, A. (2011). Creative inquiry: Confronting the challenges of scholarship in the 21st century. Futures, 44(1), 64–70. 5. Montuori, A. & Donnelly, G. (2013). Creative inquiry and scholarship: Applications and implications in a doctoral degree. World Futures: The Journal of Global Education, 69(1), 1–19. about our pain. In YRx, we have many gentle methods of creating new ways of moving, thinking, sensing, and story-telling in order to understand not only how you have arrived at this bad space of pain and suffering but also how to change it. Together, we will research and test if these new ways alleviate your pain and your suffering. These same processes of discovery can then also be used by you to avoid or lessen future suffering and future pain. YRx teaches you invaluable strate- gies for living a richer, higher quality life no matter the situation. In effect, you then can create your responses to life with this self-care science of discovery we call cre- ative inquiry. www.iayt.org Because CI is focused on making change in the individual's unique real-life circumstances, the person develops the ability to alter pain and suffering through this empowering process. The cycles of change experienced within CI are charac- terized by joy, wonder, passion, hope, and conviviality. 2 CI and YRx are not some drudgery of fixing or self-help. They mark out a way of being human that embraces and address- es the age-old problems of pain and suf- fering. The language of CI is familiar, com- monsensical, and removes the barriers to modern society recognizing and respecting Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, is past president of the IAYT board, owner of a yoga- based rehab clinic, and editor of the text- book Fostering Cre- ativity In Rehabilitation. He also directs www.smartsafeyoga.com . YogaTherapyToday | Spring 2016 33