What is Yoga Therapy?

What is Yoga Therapy? Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to improve  their health and well-being through the teachings and practice of yoga. This multi-dimensional practice includes numerous aspects of body, breath and mind. 

Why would someone work with a Yoga Therapist? Clients seek Yoga Therapy for a variety of reasons, including a desire to deepen their personal yoga practice; find physical healing for an injury or misalignment; work through trauma; improve emotional balance; or find greater clarity and focus in their lives. 

What is the advantage of taking a Yoga class with a Yoga Therapist? A Yoga Therapist has advanced training, so she can provide appropriate alignment cues and adaptions that can help manage or prevent injury. She also has an in-depth understanding of yoga philosophy, which allows for a richer classroom experience. 

How is a Yoga Therapy session different than a Yoga class? Each Yoga Therapy session is a one-on-one tailored experience designed to meet an individual's physical, mental and emotional needs. This setting allows for far greater depth and personal attention that a regular yoga class. 

What should I expect from a Yoga Therapy Session? Each one-on-one therapy session is designed to meet the client's individual needs. The session may include yoga postures, breathwork, meditation practices and mindfulness exercises. 

Can a Yoga Therapist diagnose an injury, illness or mental health condition? No. Yoga Therapists are not doctors or licensed psychologists. Yoga therapists offer complimentary health practices, often in tandem with your other health care providers. 

How is a Yoga Therapist different then a Yoga Teacher? An IAYT-certified Yoga Therapist has undertaken specialized training, beyond that of a yoga teacher, to meet the educational standards of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This certification involves over two years of study and a minimum of 1000 hours of training in the therapeutic use of yogic tools such as yoga poses, breath and meditation.