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 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 client in their own deeper awareness, greater understanding, and movement on 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
– breathing techniques
– focusing techniques
– the use of chant and sound
– 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. With this we have you take a simple dosha test and read your pulses to determine your constitution.
– A face reading.
– Ask specific questions regarding digestion and lifestyle.

The Yoga Therapist adapts and individualizes a specific set of postures and therapeutic movements, breathing techniques, focusing and meditation tools, while focusing on your lifestyle needs. Individual and customized treatment plans are the hallmark of Yoga Therapy; as no two clients are the same, even though they may be presenting with similar conditions. The care we give is done in a nurturing, safe & 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 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 to your essential nature.

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

2. Aí assessment session. This assessment includes your intake form, a body scan and then a thorough postural and breath analysis. At this time we’ll look at your specific areas of concern, doing further testing of range of motion and muscle strength determination to these areas.

3. An ayurvedic assessment will be done to get a more thorough 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. The goal, instead, is to guide you in your own healing empowerment and reconnection with the goodness of your life. Each client’s needs are different. Some clients will only need to be seen 3 to 5 times, while others may need longer.