Yoga therapy is a holistic healing practice which uses the applications of yoga such as postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation techniques to promote awareness and connection to oneself. It is restorative in nature and, therefore, enables the body to heal itself rather than just treat the symptoms.
Yoga therapy is not confined to the psychological or physical. Instead, it uses traditional yogic concepts to look at the whole person. This may mean looking at the physical, energetic, emotional, wisdom, and spiritual layers of our being and integrate this with western understanding of anatomy, physiology, and mind-body psychology. It’s a whole-person approach to healing that recognizes the interconnectedness of your emotions, thoughts and body, and helps to set the foundation for personal growth and change.
What happens in a yoga therapy appointment?
First you will go through a thorough intake inquiring into your medical history, along with a discussion of your physical, emotional, mental, and energetic needs. If applicable, some physical movement assessments will be done. Then, you will be guided through a check-in assessment of how your body feels in the moment (noticing sensation, posture, breathing, thoughts and feelings) and from this information certain movements, yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditations will be selected for you.
All the yoga practices experienced in a yoga therapy session are gentle, adaptable, and appropriate for beginners. The setting is kept very private and quiet to help you connect inwardly and get grounded in the present moment through embodied mindfulness (moment to moment awareness of what’s happening in your body, breath, and mind).
How does yoga therapy help?
Yoga Therapy bridges the gap between yoga and many other health professions. As its popularity grows, it is becoming widely recognized as an effective and complementary healing practice by physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, naturopaths and physicians.
Yoga therapy has been found to help individuals manage & reduce symptoms for a number of health conditions:
- Stress reduction
- Pain management
- Physical health issues such as: back & neck pain, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and side effects of chemotherapy.
Single yoga therapy appointment $85
Bundle of 3 appointments $225