What is Yoga Therapy?
The suffering from pain that is not yet arisen is avoidable. Yoga Sutra 2:16
While the term “Yoga Therapy” is new to many people, the International Association of Yoga Therapists is celebrating 30 years in 2019. The IAYT is helping to ensure certain standards and consistency are met in this emerging profession while staying true to the diverse nature and individuality of yoga that has developed over hundreds of years. The certification requires a minimum of 800 hrs of training including residential and supervised practicum hours.
Yoga Therapy training provides a system that helps the therapist identify and treat various imbalances or conditions in a person. We offer practices that may include yoga postures and movements, breathing, meditation, visualization and other techniques depending on the needs and interests of the client.
A Yoga Therapist can help you with:
Physical pain from past injuries
Chronic pain like arthritis or spinal conditions
Chronic illness (multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s, and other autoimmune conditions)
Mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions)
General well-being and stress management
And much more…
All yoga is potentially beneficial, but most group classes are not designed for individual therapy. If you have certain conditions, pain or illnesses typical yoga classes may inadvertently do more harm than good.
Yoga therapy is a safe way to work with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being and provide opportunity to heal by working with individuals or small groups to help ease pain and suffering.
Can Yoga Therapy fix everything? Yoga Therapy does not cure diseases, but may greatly help with symptom and pain management and even help you change your relationship to the illness/pain so that your overall condition improves. What does that mean? Well, I have MS but that doesn’t bother me as much a it used to. I have a new perspective on my future and new experiences with my body that decrease the impact of the diagnosis on my overall condition. Basically – it doesn’t matter as much as it used to.
Yoga Therapy can be a long-term approach to living with a life-long condition. Explore the path to feeling better that lies in wait for you.