“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” BKS Iyengar.
I believe that a consistent and mindful yoga practice has the power to transform your health and life. I create a safe environment for you to discover your body on your mat. I work directly with you to create and implement a customized yoga therapy plan based on your current condition, mood, energy level, needs and goals. I use a wide variety of techniques, including yoga postures, self massage techniques, therapeutic exercises, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, use of sound therapy and mantra, mudras and guided meditation and relaxation.
What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Therapy, a recognized and respected therapeutic therapy, is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being and to help those facing health challenges at any level manage their condition through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. The yoga tradition views humans as a multidimensional system that includes all aspects of the human condition- body, breath, mind, intellect, emotions and their mutual interaction. Yoga is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions. The practices of yoga traditionally include, but are not limited to, postures, breath work, meditation, mantras, chanting, and mudra. Other Yoga Therapy principles include: meeting the client or patient where they are at, creating a safe space and empowering the individual to take a more active role in their self-care instead of attempting to fix them.
What Makes Yoga Therapy Different?
Although yoga as a practice is therapeutic, there are significant differences between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist and between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session, according to Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute. The general public sees yoga as a system of exercise. When clients seek out a yoga therapist, or a therapeutic group, they are not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. Yoga 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. “Rather than focusing on yoga methods and practices, yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs.” – Gary Kraftsow
After an appropriate intake and assessment, I will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble you and identify methods to help you manage those symptoms. Examples include helping clients with pain management, fatigue, or sleeplessness. In addition, my role is to empower you to take a more active role in your self-care. My goal is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping you to overcome your challenges and gain independence.
The General Long-Term Goals of Yoga Therapy Include:
- Eliminate, reduce or manage symptoms that cause suffering and or pain
- Improve function, helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness
- Move toward health and well-being
- Shift attitude and perspective in relationship to life’s challenges
- Help individuals change their relationship to and identification with their condition
- Improved posture
- Increased core strength
- Improved balance and coordination
- Increased range of motion, flexibility and joint strength
- Strengthened cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Reduced stress and improved nervous system functioning
- Improved immune system
- Increased endurance
- Increased energy
- Weight loss
- Increased ability to resist and even overcome chronic disease
- Strengthens and tones muscles
- Increased self confidence
- Increased compassion for others suffering
- Improved internal organ function
- Improved athletic performance-
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood and decreased anxiety and depression
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Piriformis syndrome
- Herniated disc
- Sacroiliac Dysfunction
- Myofascial/Muscle pain
- Knee pain
- Muscular pair
- Plantar fasciitis
- Constipation & bloating
- Attention deficit disorders
- Panic attacks and panic disorder
- Insomnia & sleep disorders
- Autoimmune disorders & chronic illness
- Weight loss & Obesity
- Pregnancy-related pain
Intake: During the initial intake, we will go over your detailed health history, current treatments and medications, current physical, mental and emotional condition and your health and wellness goals. Depending on your goals, I may assess posture, breathing, movement and mood.
Yoga Practice: Each practice is tailored to suit your specific needs, capabilities, goals, and life circumstances. I will then teach you this personal practice and give you other integrative tools to take home with you.
Take Home: You will be provided an accompanying diagram of the practice or therapy plan to be done at home if you are interested in a home practice.
Follow-Up Sessions: Throughout this process, you are strongly encouraged to check in with me with any questions, concerns or personal feedback. Depending on your needs, follow up sessions may be needed to revise and update your practice. As you change, so must the practice.