What is Yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools- exercises, meditation techniques, breathing, and so on- to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Rather than considering each body part or system separately, yoga therapists see every aspect of the self as part of a greater whole. It is not a treatment done to a patient, but instead a process of guidance to empower our clients to better understand themselves and tap into their own innate capacity for healing.
It is also important to note that yoga therapy does not always mean a lot of movement! While some sessions are physically vigorous, others focus on mindfulness practices, meditation, or breathing. The practice is adjusted according to each client’s needs.
What is the Difference Between Yoga & Yoga therapy?
General public yoga classes, and even private yoga sessions, can certainly be catalysts for transformational change, can help individuals ease everyday aches & pains, and can reduce stress and improve mood. While yoga therapy can also provide all of these benefits, it is different because each session is completely tailored to the individual and their unique needs. Yoga therapists have also undergone in-depth training to be able to properly assess and keep clients safe and to work with other health professionals as part of a client’s overall healthcare team.
Who Is it for?
Because yoga itself offers tools for the whole spectrum of human experience, yoga therapy can offer support for a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to chronic pain and fibromyalgia, major illnesses, mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and trauma recovery, neurologic issues and degenerative diseases, heart disease, cancer and palliative care, and stress-related conditions.