What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy addresses specific health concerns and life challenges through safe and informed application of the most relevant practices according to each individual’s capacity, health conditions, and wellness 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 practices to support personal healing, and to stimulate an optimum state of physical, emotional, and mental health and resiliency.
The long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:
- reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- identifying maladaptive movement patterns and mental habits
- fostering positive neuroplasticity
You will be guided through the process of listening to your body and adapting practices to effectively address your personal needs. Unlike a traditional yoga class, you will work directly with a highly trained and experienced instructor, guiding you toward a healthy and happy relationship with yoga and/or meditation. We will work toward your personal wellness goals with intention and precision.
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 body, mind, and emotions; and providing relief and accelerated healing for acute or chronic physical and psychological health conditions.
If you can breathe, you can do Yoga. Yoga does not require physical fitness or flexibility, and it is not about twisting your body into a pretzel. The Sanskrit word yoga—from yujir: to yoke, to unite—implies ‘a human journey toward wholeness’. The philosophy and practices that make up the healing system of yoga provide us with practical tools and guidance to feel healthier and more at peace in our bodies, hearts, and minds.