What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy addresses specific health concerns, personal suffering, and life challenges through evidence-based mind/body practice, in accordance with each individual’s needs, capacities, and goals. Yoga therapy comprises a wide range of mind/body practices from breathing and relaxation exercises to postural and meditation techniques. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of mind/body practice to support personal healing, and to work toward optimal physical and mental health while building resiliency. The long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:
- reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- learning to manage the symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- identifying maladaptive movement patterns and psychological habits
- fostering positive neuroplasticity
Unlike a traditional yoga class, you will work directly with a highly educated and experienced instructor who can guide you along your personal path of healing through yoga and meditation. Your body will be the most important teacher as we adapt practices to meet your physical and emotional needs.
Yoga is a system of self-care. Yoga does not require physical fitness or flexibility, and it is not about twisting your body into a pretzel. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. The Sanskrit word yoga—from yujir: to yoke, to unite—implies a human journey toward wholeness. The philosophy and practices of yoga and meditation are a sophisticated technology, providing us with simple, practical tools to bring peace to our bodies, hearts, and minds.
Evidence-based research ranks yoga and meditation among the most effective preventative and complementary therapies to traditional western medicine. A strongly emerging field in self-care, wellness, and disease prevention, yoga therapy endeavors to support and strengthen the whole person. Mainstream initiatives like Dr. Dean Ornish’s Lifestyle Management Program are placing yoga and mindfulness front and center as fundamental tools for shaping healthier lifestyles, regulating the nervous system, and providing relief and accelerated healing for the many forms of suffering that arise in our lives.
Examples of conditions treated:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder & ADHD
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Acute Illness Recovery
Asthma & other reactive airway conditions
PVFM & Vocal Cord Dysfunction
RSD & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint pain
Hip / Knee Replacement
Difficulty with balance