What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is a modern term us hardcore yogis use to say we’re really into yoga and think the many various practices and components have great healing potential.
Really, though, it is just the use and the learning of yoga to provide therapy to yourself. In this case, the approach to therapy is very different than what comes to mind for most people when they think of “therapy”. This is because of the unifying, holistic, and comprehensive attitude that yoga brings to the therapeutic setting.
Additionally, since yoga comprises a large breadth and depth of practices that are healing on the physical, energetic, emotional/psychological, intellectual, and spiritual levels, the areas of applicability are extensive.
Here are some of the top reasons you may seek yoga therapy.
- To help your mental health, especially if you deal with anxiety and/or depression
- To help relieve chronic physical ailments and pain
- To improve strength, posture, mobility and/or flexibility
- To supplement nutritional and weight management goals
- To find greater mental clarity, focus, and sense of ease
- To start, continue, or enhance a meditation practice
- To find more contentment with your life in general, especially around your “work”
What Yoga Therapy Is Not
Let’s clear up any confusion about yoga therapy being a form of talk therapy or a replacement for allopathic medicine. Indeed yoga therapy may involve a fair amount of talking and discussion. It may also relieve certain ailments because of the potential to uncover those ailment’s root causes. But, it’s important to understand yoga therapy is not a coverall by any means nor a replacement for standard medical practices.
In fact, yoga therapists often work with and refer to and fro with other doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors, and other specialists.
What Does a Yoga Therapy Session Look Like?
Sessions are typically 60-90 minutes and usually involve all of the following in differing ratios:
- Physical movement & pose exploration
- Meditation, visualization, and relaxation
- Yoga philosophy discussion
Each session is thoughtfully planned beforehand to address your long term goals while being adaptable enough to meet you where you are that day.
However you come to the session, though, you will surely leave with more peace, ease, and contentment.
Sessions are best conducted in person but might be conducted online depending upon location and each individual’s situation.
Who Can Be a Yoga Therapist?
Technically, anyone may apply yoga in a therapeutic manor. However, certain individuals undergo extensive training (1000+ hours) to be credentialed with a “C-IAYT” postfix by the international governing body of yoga therapists IAYT. These trained yoga therapists have built up specific skills and continue to hone those skills to offer the highest quality of service.
Who Can Do Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy has a lot to offer the entire spectrum of human capabilities and demeanors. Any age, fitness level, experience level, and almost all levels of health may benefit from yoga therapy.
If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation and trial session, please email us at [email protected].