Yoga Therapy

 

Yoga therapy is closest to the classical teachings of yoga, as it is based on private, individualized yoga sessions as opposed to group yoga fitness classes.

A yoga therapist meets with a student and works to build a practice to best suit that student’s needs and abilities. The sessions work towards a goal of overall wellness and generally have a more holistic approach. Group yoga classes are not based on an individual student’s needs and are more focused on exercise.

Yoga therapists have more training than a standard yoga teacher training and are able to choose appropriate practices for the student, keeping injuries and lifestyle in mind. They are familiar with the workings of the body and know how to safely guide a student through the poses as well as modifications to the poses to better fit the individual. In yoga therapy, it is all about the function of a pose, not the form.

Lineage:
T.K.V. Desikachar passed along a system of yoga following the teaching of his father T. Krishnamacharya (who is often referred to as “the father of modern yoga,” 1888-1989 – though his teachings preserved the ancient practices and were not “new” or “modern” – as noted by A.G. Mohan). This individualized yoga practice synchronizes postures with breath work for a balancing, restorative and therapeutic practice. The sessions are tailored to and meet the needs of the individual student.

 

Among the many benefits of the physical practice of yoga are:

  • It builds core strength

  • Lengthens and strengthens the spine

  • Promotes better circulation

  • Improves posture

  • Increases flexibility

  • Increases lung capacity

  • Balances body and mind

  • Elevates mood

  • Relieves pain

  • Helps build the immune system

  • Promotes healing

  • Prepares the student for meditation

Keep in mind that Yoga is more than just the physical practice. The poses are just a small piece to the amazing puzzle.
We will focus on the specific area(s) where you desire change or improvement. From physical to emotional issues, we will work together using Yoga, Reiki, Wellness Coaching and Ayurvedic principles to establish a routine that best suits your needs.

 

Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged forward bend)
Virabhadrasana 1 (warrior 1) variation
Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog)
Ardha Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose)
Uttanasana (forward bend) with straight spine
Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose)