What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is the individualized application of yogic
techniques, such as asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing
practices), relaxation and meditation with the intention of personal
growth and healing. While many yoga therapists focus on
utilizing yoga to address physical symptoms, I specialize in
integrating yoga philosophy and techniques with western
psychotherapy to address mental health concerns, such as depression,
anxiety, and addiction. Yoga therapy is a natural complement
to western medical treatment.
happens in a yoga therapy session?
Yoga therapy is a completely individualized process that is
designed to help you better meet your personal needs and achieve
your personal goals. In the first session, we'll discuss your
personal history, your concerns, and identify the goals of therapy.
We will then begin to develop your personal sadhana, or practice,
which might involve specific yoga practices to best address the
identified concerns. This usually takes a few weekly sessions
to explore, develop and teach specific practices so that you feel
comfortable practicing on your own and at your own pace.
Personal practice could include a specific series of postures,
breathing exercises, guided relaxation or other techniques.
once the specific practice has been developed, maintenance
appointments can be scheduled to fine-tune the practice or to make
any changes that might become necessary.
Who is best suited for yoga therapy?
Anyone can benefit from yoga therapy. Yoga consists of a
wide variety of practices that can be adapted to meet anyone's
individual needs or limitations. As people all have individual
differences, it is unlikely that the same yoga practice is going to
be suitable for all people.
What do I need to do to benefit from yoga
My first suggestion is to keep an open mind to trying new
things. In the Yoga Sutra (an ancient text that defines yoga
philosophy), three qualities are seen as necessary for positive
change. These are effort or discipline, self-study, and
surrender. Effort or discipline is simply making an everyday
effort to work towards one's goal. Self-study involves
self-observation without judgment and using the information learned
from this inquiry towards positive change. Surrender means not
being attached to the outcome and allowing whatever occurs to follow
its natural progression.