What is Yoga Therapy?

There is often some confusion around the term Yoga Therapy. For most, it conjures up an image of a yoga class with mats, postures, and breathwork. Some people assume yoga therapy is only for people who are already flexible or who have a certain body type. Neither of those assumptions is accurate. Yoga therapy is different from a yoga class. You do not have to have any experience in yoga, nor do you have to have a certain type of body. Yoga therapy can benefit anyone!

Yoga Therapy as a modality includes, but is not limited to:

    • lifestyle recommendations
    • mindfulness and visualization
    • awareness
    • practical philosophy and self-inquiry
    • diet recommendations
    • and yes, sometimes physical postures & breathwork

In short, yoga therapy is all about the mind-body connection. Yoga therapist training is over 1,000 hours above that of a yoga teacher. The training includes topics such as:

    • Ayurveda, the oldest system of medicine in the world
    • the subtle body and chakras
    • anatomy and physiology
    • yoga philosophy

Yoga Therapy forms the philosophical basis of every Somatic Integration session. I use my training to create a unique wellness plan that is suited to the individual. In yoga therapy we do not diagnose or treat. Instead, clients are welcomed into a safe, non-judgmental space.

I use a whole-person approach and assess not just your physical symptoms but also:

    • your present circumstances
    • diet and lifestyle
    • support at home and in the community
    • adverse childhood events
    • societal influences and culture
    • spirituality
    • family/ancestral history

All of these aspects of your being are interconnected and can play a role in your wellness or illness.

Yoga therapy works well as a complementary therapy to other medical care you are already receiving. My background in yoga therapy is incorporated into every Somatic Integration Session. Book a session now.

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