Yoga Therapy

“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        International Association of Yoga Therapists, 2007
The field of yoga therapeutics is beginning to blossom, moving beyond the “yoga world” and out into the complementary components of the accepted medical milieu.

Yoga therapy is based upon the holistic understanding that the human being is an integrated body-mind-spiritual system which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance. Yoga therapy’s greatest goal is to guide each practitioner in his or her own deeper awareness, greater understanding, and movement towards their continuum of healing.

The holistic treatment offered on a variety of physical and psycho-emotional conditions is accessed and facilitated with individualized tools.

These tools range from:
– yoga-based postures – asanas
– breathing techniques – pranayama
– focusing techniques – meditation
– the use of chant and sound – mantras
– mudras or healing gestures to facilitate the energetic system
– a variety of individualized relaxation techniques.

The assessment process involves:
– An in-depth postural assessment
– Testing of specific joint range of motion and muscle strength.
– Looking at your breathing patterns and other aspects of your energy body.
– A non-judgemental discussion of your beliefs and personal needs. – – – Your ayurvedic constitution is also taken into account to help guide your healing path. This requires you to take a simple dosha test and count your wrist pulse to determine your constitution.
– A face analysis.
– The determination of you regarding digestion and lifestyle profile.

Following this energy assessment procedure the Yoga Therapist adapts and suggests a specific set of postures therapeutic movements, breathing techniques and meditation tools, while focusing on your personalized needs. Individual and customized treatment plans are the hallmark of Yoga Therapy as no two persons are the same, even though they may be presenting similar conditions. Your care is considered invaluable and offered in a nurturing, safe and confidential environment.

The Yoga Therapy process is based upon the Panchamayakosha model of yoga, recognizing our human existence as consisting of 5 sheaths or layers:

* Anamayakosha – the physical body and its systems
* Pranamayakosha – the energy body and breath
* Manomayakosha – the psychoemotional body
* Vijnyanamayakosha – the watcher state or higher mind
* Anandamayakosha – the bliss surrounding the body, higher consciousness and the enlightened state

Most physical, emotional, and mental conditions are benefited greatly by yoga therapy. These include, but are not limited to:

* Addictions
* Asthma
* Back and Neck Pain
* Cancer
* Poor Circulation
* Depression
* Emotional Stress
* Low Energy
* Osteoporosis
* Poor Posture
* Muscle tension/overall stiffness
* Poor balance
* Sciatica
* Scoliosis
* Weak Immune System

The goal of the Yoga Therapist is to help you manage your condition, restore your balance, increase your vitality, and re-awaken your essential nature.

Steps of a Yoga Therapy session:
1. Your personal session begins with an email (you can begin by filling out the Intake Form),or a telephone call and the first session.

2. An assessment session includes your intake form, a body scan and then a thorough postural and breath analysis. At this time we will examine your specific areas of concern, testing further your motion range and the muscle strength of these areas.

3. An ayurvedic assessment will follow to get a more comprehensive view of your needs. You will leave this session with a plan in place to begin your healing path.

The goal of the Yoga Therapist is NOT to keep you as a private client indefinitely. Instead it is to guide you in your own healing empowerment and reconnect you with the goodness of your life. Each person’s needs are different. Some people will only need to be seen 3 to 5 times, while others may need longer.