CLAUDIA CARDIN-KLEFFNER, OT/RYT
If you’re not familiar with it, the OT behind my name means that I am an Occupational Therapist and the CYT means that I am also a Certified Yoga Therapist.
What does that mean for you?
In my decades of helping people live a full and vibrant life as an occupational therapist, I discovered most people have no idea how they move or why they move the way they do. They don’t realize they may need to know about the nervous system or the endocrine system or how to breathe diaphragmatically.
What got me excited about adding the yoga therapy to my rehab skills is that when I gently taught people to pay attention to how they were moving, they discovered how the inefficient ways they used their bodies were actually creating or contributing to their health challenges.
“Claudia taught me how to breathe. If you have never used your entire diaphragm or don’t know how to calm yourself when you are consumed by stress, yoga is for you! Claudia’s expertise in therapeutic yoga literally makes her the ideal teacher for every level of yoga – but it is her ability to communicate and connect with people that ensures great results!”
How can I help you?
35 years practicing western medicine as an Occupational Therapist combined with my yoga training makes me uniquely qualified to help you effectively deal with health challenges, such as
- Musculoskeletal issues, which may be upper or lower back pain or pain and injuries to the joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons that results in carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis or other injuries.
- Chronic pain and inflammatory issues that arise from cancer treatments and chronic health conditions such as osteoporosis, chronic fatigue and arthritis.
- Mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.
- Neurological or nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
- Metabolic conditions and other health challenges, such as diabetes, insomnia, low or high blood pressure and many others.
My passion is to help you realize your own true healing potential, helping you further your own self-care. Together we can have you moving from within to address your current health challenges and prepare for future ones as well.
My work with Cancer Action
I have worked with Cancer Action for the past five years teaching yoga therapy to cancer patients. For these people, some of the worst parts can be dealing with the discomfort, fatigue and side effects caused by the cancer treatments themselves.
Yoga therapy offers a more holistic approach to help cancer patients and cancer survivors. I use it to complement, not replace, conventional cancer treatments because it can help:
- Release tension in the joints and muscles and around areas of discomfort
- Conserve and modify energy levels
- Establish more restful sleeping patterns
- Tap and control the breath to ease stress, anxiety and fear
“During my breast cancer treatments, I kept hearing exercise is important, especially yoga for stress and pain. After I finished chemotherapy and radiation, Cancer Action offered an 8-week yoga class for survivors. During these classes, I learned how to breathe to relax, positions that stretched parts of my body that were aching; overall I felt so much better at the end of each class. Whether you’re in treatment or not, I recommend taking Claudia’s yoga classes specialized for cancer survivors.”
Where can you find me?
I teach different classes; some for the general public and some for people with specific health conditions. All of this is at the Sastun Center in Overland Park, KS.
Check out my current class listing. I generally teach several Therapeutic Yoga classes as well as regular Yoga classes.
I also work one-on-one with clients. If you suffer from a chronic health condition that would benefit from one-on-one yoga therapy, contact me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.
I often get referrals from the practitioners at the Sastun Center and other physicians, too.