What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy harnesses the philosophy and practices of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to improve mental and physical well-being. Yoga therapists prescribe specific stretching and breathing practices, postural exercises, relaxation and meditation techniques, and other mind/body interventions that are personally tailored to each individual’s health concerns, personal constitution, and wellness goals.
The long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include –
- reducing symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- learning to manage symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- identifying maladaptive movement or postural patterns as well as behavioral and psychological habits
- fostering positive neuroplasticity
Unlike a group yoga class, you will work one-on-one with a highly trained and experienced guide who can directly support you in your exploration of the healing benefits of yoga and meditation. Your body will be the most important teacher as we adapt practices to meet your own unique physical and psychological needs.
Yoga is a system of self-care. Yoga does not require physical fitness or flexibility, and despite how it is often portrayed in popular culture, it has little to do with twisting your body into a pretzel shape. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. The Sanskrit word yoga—from yujir: to yoke, to unite—implies the human journey toward wholeness and the integration of body and mind. The philosophy and practices of yoga and meditation make up a sophisticated body of tools and technologies, providing us with simple, practical tools that can 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 as part of the human experience.
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