Yoga Therapy

WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY? 
Yoga is a therapeutic practice that is 5,000 years old.

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

The health benefits of yoga as part of a holistic wellness plan are widely recognized. In particular, yoga therapy is the application of the ancient science of yoga to enhance health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological, and spiritual. My ultimate goal as a yoga therapist goes beyond the simple absence of symptoms; it is to create within each individual an awakening and realization of their essential nature. Yoga therapy will support you through the journey of personal transformation, including health challenges and other life transitions. Yoga Therapy takes a multi-dimensional approach to achieving optimal health and draws on all aspects of yoga, including asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath awareness), mudra (hand positions), mantra (sound), meditation, and various relaxation techniques. All techniques are modified as necessary and offered in a gentle and compassionate atmosphere  to meet the unique needs of each individual. In the context of yoga therapy, these techniques are vehicles for self-knowledge and integration of the whole person. I recognize that the healing journey is unique to each individual and so select and modify all practices appropriately for the  person or group depending upon age, physical condition and ability, religion, and culture.

Yoga therapy is not a substitute for allopathic medical care. If you are injured or have an illness, you should always follow the advice of your licensed medical professional.

Is it for you? A therapeutic approach to yoga enables people of all abilities to experience the benefits of yoga with the goal of optimal health. It is a multi-dimensional, highly individualized, compassionate approach to yoga. Whether you wish to deal with specific physical or emotional issues, get more in touch with your True Self, or simply learn to cope with the everyday stresses of life, we will collaborate on a customized program to help you cultivate a healthy body, a serene mind, a blissful heart, and a free spirit.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

The initial consultaton

We will get together at a nutually convenient time either in person or on the phone.  We will discuss your background and goals, and you will be encouraged to contribute any information that you feel may be relevant and helpful in designing a program to guide you to optimal health. We will consider together various options for how your practice might begin to develop.

Your first visit

Based on our initial discussion, we will begin to explore various postures with an eye to gaining a greater understanding of your particular body. Other yoga techniques will be sampled depending on your needs and interests as we gain confidence in what is helpful to you. You will leave with guidance for an initial home practice and a vision of how the sessions will continue to develop.

Subsequent visits

Your practice will continue to evolve as you gain confidence, as you learn which techniques you enjoy and benefit from most, and as your situation changes. We will come up with a plan for a home practice based on your needs, desires, and schedule that will guide you to your goals. Home practice is an important part of yoga therapy. If you are diligent with a home practice your experience will be more profound, and you will see results more quickly.

Cost

Yoga therapy is adaptable to your budget and scheduling needs, so please do not hesitate to discuss a plan with us that will work for you. In general, it is recommended that you purchase a series of at least 3 sessions at a time and schedule the sessions once a week. This will give us time to really explore the power of yoga for you, and it will allow you to fully begin to integrate these techniques into your lifestyle.

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.
- Anne Lamott