Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousand of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. More health care practitioners are starting to include yogic techniques in their approach to healing -- and more yoga teachers give a therapeutic intention to their teaching. People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including Yoga in their treatment plan. -Yoga For Health, International Yoga Therapy Conference.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Listed here are a couple of definitions being considered by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Both definitions resonate with me.
Yoga Therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. -American Viniyoga Institute, Gary Kraftsow
Yoga Therapy is that facet of the ancient science of Yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Yoga therapy focuses on the path of Yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of Yoga: awakening of Spirit, our essential nature. -Integrative Yoga Therapy, Joseph LePage, M.A.
Receiving a Yoga Therapy session
As a certified Yoga Instructor, I use the system of Yoga to address physical complaints, both acute and chronic, with the intention of bringing the client into a greater sense of balance. The direction of these sessions is determined after the initial consultation and tailored to the individual client. Sessions typically include asana (yoga positions) which may be helpful for any imbalances presenting at the time of the session. Clients are encouraged to use these asana at home, in between sessions as self-care. Exploring the breath and pranayama techniques and meditation may also be included. Other resources will be given to support your individual needs.
Yoga Therapy Bundles
Working with Yoga Therapy is a journey and favorable results come with exploration, time and patience. Yoga Therapy sessions are bundled in 6 and 12 session packages. A commitment of a minimum of 6 sessions is required.
The initial session is 90 minutes and includes a 30 minute intake/consultation. All remaining sessions are 90 minutes.
*See the "Yoga Therapy Bundles" page for pricing and to make your purchase.*