Q: What is Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy is a therapeutic approach to yoga that empowers you, as the client / patient. You will work with a Certified Yoga Therapist who will create and tailor sessions for you based on your condition, disease, physical, and emotional state.
One of the most important philosophies in the Yoga tradition, is that each person is viewed as a multi-dimensional being – including body, breath, mind, emotions, and their interactions. As such, a Yoga Therapist will develop a therapeutic plan and/or provide advice within the Yoga framework based on your needs, life circumstances, and access to resources and equipment.
The overarching goals of Yoga Therapy include eliminating, reducing, and/or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward overall improved health and well-being.
Q:Who is the yoga therapist and how will I know that they are not just another Yoga Instructor?
Yoga Therapists have undertaken specialized training beyond that of a Yoga Teacher.Included in that training is over 1000 hours of education and clinical practice to gain a deep level of expertise in the body, both the anatomy and physiology, how to help with mood disorders, grief, trauma, people with cancer or cardiac conditions, the aging body, including seniors and the elderly, addiction, pain, and many more.
Yoga Therapists are certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Yoga Therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of yogic practices and assessment skills. Your Yoga Therapist will work with you to develop and implement a self-empowering therapeutic plan appropriate for your needs and oriented around prevention and health promotion.
Included in working with a Yoga Therapist, are a comprehensive intake and assessment, regular check-in intervals, articles and education about Yoga Therapy and your condition or needs, Yogic lifestyle and dietary advice (that falls within the Yogic framework).
Your Yoga Therapist also has a basic understanding of different treatments and procedures from a variety of sources, and can identify and source credible and relevant information on other healthcare modalities for you, as needed.
In addition, your Yoga Therapist has a basic understanding of health reports and may ask to review those with you depending on your needs.