What is Yoga therapy?
Yoga Therapy's focus is to find relief from a health condition or symptom; whether it's physical, mental or emotional in nature; unlike a yoga class; where the focus is to learn yoga through general physical or mental practices.
Yoga therapy applies bespoke yoga practices as an intervention to the client's health challenge; in order to meet the individual needs of the client in a holistic way - as such the therapy will address the health condition but will also address with the client's relationship to it.
Yoga therapy sessions take place 121 and the therapist and client work together to find the best practices to meet the client’s needs. The client receives written notes and an audio recording after the session, so that they can do a short practice on their own between sessions.
As such, yoga therapy empowers the client to actively take part in their own wellbeing, helping them become attuned to their own needs and giving them tools to address them effectively.
Therapeutic practices might include gentle postures, breathing, meditation, chanting or relaxation and will be geared towards helping the client heal. Although a condition maybe more centered in the body or the mind or the emotions, yoga therapy will aim to meet the client at all three levels.
Gary Kraftsow (a leading yoga therapist) explains the role of yoga therapists as follows: "Therapists look for ways to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions. After assessing clients, therapists establish appropriate goals, develop a practice intervention, and then teach clients to practice that intervention. In this sense, therapists choose yoga techniques in relation to how they will specifically benefit individual clients."
Our certified yoga therapist, Molly, is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council & can offer sessions at your home, your work or at a studio location convenient to you.
Contact us with any enquiries about yoga therapy.