Yoga Therapy harnesses the healing technologies of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to improve physical health and mental wellbeing. Yoga therapists help you to explore a personal relationship with mind-body practice that accommodates and supports your physical and psychological needs. Yoga therapists can prescribe specific practices that treat specific health conditions or support specific personal wellness goals. Stretching practices, strengthening practices, breath-work, relaxation techniques, postural education, meditation, development of self-compassion and self-supportive lifestyle habits are among the many mind-body interventions that might be explored through yoga therapy.
Unlike a group class setting, you can work one-on-one with a highly skilled teacher who can support you on your journey into the healing benefits of yoga as it relates specifically to your own unique body, heart, and mind. You yourself are the most important guide as we shape the practice to support you just as you are.
Yoga is a system of healing and self-care. Yoga does not require physical fitness or flexibility. Despite how it is often portrayed in popular media, yoga has little to do with physical feats of strength or twisting your body into exotic poses. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. The Sanskrit word yoga comes from the root word yujir, meaning “to yoke” or to unite, describing the human journey toward wholeness. Mind-body practice is about integration of body and mind, grief and joy, struggle and strength, self-power and community-power. Mind-body practice is a practical technology for generating a greater sense of peace and well-being in our lives.
Evidence-based research ranks yoga and meditation among the most effective preventative and complementary therapies alongside 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 place yoga and mindfulness front and center as integral tools in shaping healthier lifestyles, reducing stress and inflammation that contribute to chronic illness, and providing relief and accelerated healing for the many forms of suffering that can befall the body and mind.
I have been working as a yoga therapist for nearly a decade with clients of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds. I have identified three primary approaches to individual yoga therapy sessions. Sometimes a client’s needs and goals fall neatly into one category, and other times a combination of the three can best address the whole picture.
Yoga Therapy for Mental Health / Balancing the Nervous System. As someone with a personal history of trauma and mental health challenges, the life-changing psychological benefits of gentle and restorative forms of yoga is what inspired me to become a yoga therapist. Yoga gets a lot of press for improving flexibility, but its exceptional ability to calm and stabilize the nervous system, change how we relate to stress, and ease mental and emotional distress is, in my mind, its greatest gift. Individual yoga therapy is an ideal way to zero in on bringing the nervous system back into balance. Mind-body practice is a bottomless well of tools for increasing self-compassion, building psychological resilience, processing grief and trauma, coming back to center, and fostering positive neuroplasticity toward long-term healing.
Yoga Therapy for Physical Health / Supporting the Body. Yoga is like an owner’s manual for the body. Through practice, we can learn how to relieve pain and tension, aid recovery from injury or illness, manage or relieve chronic health issues, improve circulation of blood, lymph and synovial fluid, care for our joints, improve and maintain flexibility and mobility, strengthen coordination and balance, nurture respiratory and digestive health, sharpen memory and mental focus, reduce blood pressure and inflammation, increase muscle strength and bone density, regulate the nervous system, relieve back and neck pain, and learn to make healthy posture our second nature. And that’s just the short list! Individual sessions are an ideal way to identify specific practices that will best support your body toward healing and optimal wellness.
Yoga Therapy for Deepening Your Relationship with Mind-Body Practice. Individual sessions with a yoga therapist are an ideal way to study and explore mind-body practice with a highly skilled and knowledgeable teacher. You might be totally new to yoga or interested in trying out meditation, but you would rather begin your journey in a one-on-one setting. Or maybe you are an experienced yogi or seasoned meditator who wants to renew and deepen your practice. There are few things I love more than geeking out about yoga and meditation and discovering the unique insights and creativity that each individual brings to engaging these healing practices.
Examples of conditions treated by Jenne Sluder Yoga Therapy
Social Anxiety Disorder
Domestic Abuse Recovery
Attention Deficit Disorder & ADHD
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Acute Illness Recovery
Chronic Illness Management
Asthma & other reactive airway conditions
PVFM & Vocal Cord Dysfunction
RSD & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint pain
Hip / Knee Replacement
Difficulty with balance