What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is not the same as taking a Yoga class. In some ways, therapeutic Yoga can be more like an appointment with a physical therapist or rehabilitation specialist. It tends to be gentle and nurturing, with emphasis on the needs of the individual and is generally taught one-to-one, either in my Studio or if you feel more comfortable, in your own home. No previous Yoga experience is necessary.
Can any Yoga Teacher be a Yoga Therapist?
Yoga therapists are experienced Yoga teachers who have undertaken a further Yoga Therapy Diploma Course that teaches the application of yoga to medical conditions.
Who can benefit from Yoga Therapy?
If you are in chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or have a condition that requires you to modify your lifestyle, I can design a therapeutic plan to support you.
From basic back care to stress reduction, yoga can be adapted to meet the needs of people looking to manage their symptoms. I work with the following conditions and more:
|Persistent stress and anxiety
|High blood pressure
|Chronic fatigue syndrome
|Cancer treatment recovery
|Irritable bowel syndrome
|RSI weight loss
What can I expect from a Yoga Therapy session?
Your first session will include a comprehensive interview to gather information relevant to your current condition(s). We will talk about the history of your medial illness/injury, past and current treatment and any medication and supplements you may be taking. Please use this time to chat about any concerns you may have and how you hope to be helped by Yoga Therapy.
Based on this information, as well as an assessment of your movement patterns and your yoga experience I will develop a short yoga practice for you to do at home between sessions.
I will ensure that you know how to perform all of the elements of the practice safely, as well as providing you with a written copy of the practice, and where possible, I will send you a short recording of any practices such as relaxation and breathing.
What practices does Yoga Therapy use?
During a therapeutic yoga session you will learn simple yogic techniques, such as:
- Yoga postures: To help joints stay mobile and muscles supple – especially important when there is decreased range of movement due to injury or surgery. Postures not only work on the physical structure of the body, increasing strength, flexibility and mobility, they rejuvenate and rebalance the internal systems of the body, helping them return to full health.
- Breathing techniques: To help quickly reduce stress and create peace in the body and mind. The practices will help improve overall health, strengthen the respiratory and digestive systems, calm the nervous system and reduce cravings. They increase the intake of oxygen into the body, which permeates deep into every cell of the body, regenerating the cells, enhancing well-being and aid healing.
- Relaxation: To help your body relax and recharge on a mental and physical level. Relaxation creates a feeling of well-being and helps us cope better with situations that put our body and mind under strain.
- Yoga Nidra: A deep relaxation technique with benefits far beyond relaxation. Yoga Nidra creates the conditions in which the underlying causes of stress and tension are released, effortlessly and without conflict.
Yoga Therapy offers a holistic support for medical care, not a replacement. It should not be viewed as a substitute for a medical diagnosis or the services of a doctor and it’s always better to consult your doctor before starting a course.