Yoga Therapy is the application of the full spectrum of yoga’s offerings to a specific individual.
…hmmm…that wasn’t too clear was it?…
Yes, this is actually a tough one to answer unless you have really specific knowledge in yoga, so let me elaborate a bit. Yoga therapy uses everything the discipline of yoga has to offer. That is most definitely not just the “poses” (asanas, actually) that you see in the media and most people think of when they hear the term “yoga”. Yoga therapy also makes use of living principles (yamas and niyamas), focused breathing (pranayama), concentration (dharana), and meditation (dhyana), as well as most people’s favorite part: deep relaxation (yoga nidra, it’s the BEST).
Yoga therapy uses all this and gears it specifically to you. In a yoga class it is very difficult to address the needs of every person in the room. Yoga therapy works specifically one on one or in a small specialized group. This allows for your personal needs to be met.
Can Yoga Therapy Help Me?
I want to be very real here. I don’t believe in silver bullets. Yoga helped me, Rebecca, and dramatically so. It has helped countless others too. Perhaps yoga will be the modality that helps you too.
Yoga has been known to help people with chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, weight loss, infertility, and a whole host of other challenges. For a list of what we know based on scientific research, click here
Yoga is never a substitute for a traditional medical doctor, physical therapist, or psychiatrist. In fact yoga often works very well when used in conjunction with those practitioners, not as a complete substitute for them.
Part of what makes yoga therapy unique is the addition of “homework” to do after we meet in person. Many of us have had the experience of a doctor or complementary health care practitioner ‘doing to us’. Yoga therapy allows for you to experience being more “in the driver’s seat”. You can take what you learned and bring it home. Consistently do your homework and see if things change. Use the knowledge you gain in a yoga therapy session, so you can utilize the tools of yoga whenever you need them. You don’t need to wait for me!