What is Yoga Therapy?
As defined by the IAYT (The International Association of Yoga Therapists) it is “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.”
What you or your Healthcare Providers might want to know about Yoga Therapy.
Where we’re at, in terms of Research around Yoga, & Yoga Therapy.
How can Yoga Therapy help?
What makes Yoga Therapy unique?
Though you may be suffering from pain or side effects from cancer treatment, or rheumatoid arthritis, sleeplessness or a multitude of other conditions, your experience is different from anyone else who has the same thing. Whether due to past history, your physical or emotional state, living conditions, genetics, stressors, age, etc. each is a different factor to be considered.
What makes yoga therapy different is the focus of bringing awareness and paying attention to your body, in the way you move, breathe and go about your day. This often brings to light what’s just under the surface … that may be getting in the way, causing pain, limiting your movement, and instead help you to gain strength, stability and better mobility. We look to bridge that gap.
What will happen during a private session?
Together, we’ll take the time to review information based on your past history, medical information, current treatment plans and ‘your life as it is today’. Next, clarify what goals or primary issues you want to address. This may include eliminating, reducing, or managing your symptoms, improving function, and ultimately moving toward improved health and wellbeing. It may also include my referring to other health care professionals and/or consultation with those currently working with you.
Using the tools of yoga, that being gentle movement and relaxation techniques, you will learn to better observe yourself. Within this safe environment, we’ll explore gaining or retraining movements that may have felt out of reach before. You’ll learn skills to help calm your nervous system, which may play a part in the pain or limitation you’re experiencing.
At the end of each session, you’ll be provided an individualized, unique program to take away and practice.
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How often will you need to attend a session?
Usually, at least to start, we’ll meet every week or two, evaluate and assess progress. After some time, it may be that we only meet every couple of months or six months to a year. It might be when you think it beneficial to reconnect, you feel stuck, something in your life/health has changed or you want to work towards new goals.
What will you learn?
Information, simple skills and tools you can use anytime from home. What makes Yoga Therapy (and some other forms of bodywork) different is, once you learn to tune into your body’s signals they will help guide you. You play an active role in your recovery rather than having something done ‘to you’. With practice, you become the agent of your own health and wellbeing.
(I do not ‘diagnose’ as that is not within the scope of practice for Yoga Therapy)
What about group sessions?
Group work can be an effective way to present the overall tools that are helpful to most people. Though not getting into specifics for each individual, it offers similar principles, tools and information that can build over time.