What is yoga therapy?
"Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools-- postures/exercises, breath-work, meditation techniques, and more... to address an individual's physical, mental and emotional needs. Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that the discipline is all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can't move at all, as well as active individuals!" IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)
How is yoga therapy different than a yoga class?
It's aimed at easing every day aches, pains and mood complains; therefore its scope is at a more superficial level. It's not tailored to the individual's specific but general goals.
It's tailored to address the individual's specific goals while considering the client's unique body composition, limitations and their chronic or recurrent health challenges (back pain, digestion, anxiety, etc); its scope goes much further than a yoga class.
Yoga Teachers registered at Yoga Alliance have at least 200 hour training involving some anatomy and physiology. Mental health training is not required. Yoga teachers do not conduct individual assessments nor they not go under a supervised clinical practicum like yoga therapists do.
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists have in-depth training (1,000+ hours) to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They conduct individual assessments, formal intake. They are trained in anatomy, physiology and mental health. These allows them to interact with client's healthcare professionals effectively and to suggest referrals when needed.
The practices that a Yoga Therapist recommends could include the gentlest movements (or no movement at all!), a vigorous physical routine, a relaxing breathing technique or meditation or any combination of yogic tools like these. It all depends on what you need to increase your health and well-being.
Yoga teachers instruct asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), with limited individual adaptations. Yoga classes are often fitness-oriented.
Yoga classes usually entail community practice.
Yoga Therapy takes the form of a therapeutic one-on-one relationship, and possibly in a group.
YOGA THERAPy can help with :
Elimination, reduction or management of symptoms that cause suffering
Improvement of function
Prevention of the occurrence or re-ocurrence of underlying causes of illness
Moving the individual toward improved health and wellbeing
SCIENTIFIC STUDIES REPORT BENEFITS From yoga therapy practice for:
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowl Syndrome
Menopausal and Perimenopausal Symptoms
Migraine and Tension Headaches
Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis)
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST YOGA THERAPY SESSION:
In the first session, Adriana will get a general sense of your challenges at a physical and mental level and she will ask you various questions based on your health questionnaire, and other assessments. She will want to hear about you, your story, your challenges, beliefs, pain level, your environmental conditions. Then, she will guide you to set a clear goal for your yoga-therapy/client relationship. Whether that is to reduce pain, increase mobility, lower stress level, or improve quality of life.
Based on the assessments, Adriana will give you an individualized home practice aimed at easing your symptoms and bring you back to a state of balance.
Yoga Therapy techniques you may be recommended to do are:
Lifestyle: right eating
Exercise: aerobic and yoga asanas
Relaxation: restorative yoga
Energy awareness & pranayama
Mindfulness & Meditation
Your home practice is suite to you, to your lifestyle, to your body constitution, to your time, physical and mental conditions.
Yoga therapy can make a great impact in people’s lives. I welcome any questions that you may have. Please schedule your first session by caling (650) 454-9133 or book a complimentary 15-min (over the phone) discovery session below if you have further questions.