What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is a process based on the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. By using yoga, yoga therapy enables individuals to move toward improved health and wellness.
What is the difference between yoga and yoga therapy?
The differentiating feature between yoga and yoga therapy is their respective applications. Yoga is a form of meditation and physical exercise that relieves stress and has several physical and mental benefits. It can be done solo or as part of a group. Yoga therapy, however, is a personalized individual treatment. In yoga therapy an instructor works closely with the specific needs of a person to either help them overcome physical barriers or to relieve pain. Doctors often prescribe yoga therapy to patients suffering from back pain or depression.
How does yoga therapy differ from standard physical therapy?
Let’s first understand how they are similar. Both seek to help the individual move into a more functional state, with less discomfort, and to improve over all quality of life. The methods are what are different. Our yoga therapy sessions are one on one, and the therapist never leaves your side. The room is a calm, peaceful place with no distractions. There are no standardized A-Z treatment methods, each session is individually created for the client. A yoga therapist is also interested in your daily routines, social support, and your coping skills for stress.
How can yoga therapy help my health?
If you experience emotional issues like anxiety and depression, or if you have health and physical issues due to disease or injuries for example, yoga therapy can be a very effective treatment for you. Yoga Therapy can help your cardio and circulatory health through its special exercises. Moreover, it can help you lose weight and strengthen muscles. Yoga Therapy also shows wonderful results in increasing respiration, energy, and vitality.
Does yoga therapy treat injuries?
Yes, Yoga Therapy is an effective treatment for injuries. The therapist works closely with the client to address specific issues they may be having as a result of injury.
Why is there a consultation?
A consultation is an opportunity for us to ask questions and explore answers about the condition for which you are seeking treatment. How did it begin, when and how often do you experience the issue. I will want to know if you are working with a physical therapist or if you are on medications, and to learn a bit about you and how you function in daily living. This is also an honest moment to determine if Yoga Therapy may be right for you.
Will you ask me to stop seeing my physical therapist, doctor or other health provider?
No, I do not prescribe nor suggest going against your physician’s medical advice. I am here to work with you, and if you are already in treatment, to work in concert with your health care provider, whether that is with a physical therapist, chiropractor or physician. I will however let you know if I believe your existing treatment is running counterproductive to the yoga therapy or is against my professional organizations’ codes of ethics and guidelines (American Psychological Association (APA), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and Yoga Alliance (YA).
How many times a week should we meet?
Generally, once a week when first beginning yoga therapy classes. After a while, we may begin meeting every other week or once a month. Much depends upon your progress.
Will I have exercises or other types of assignments to do on my own?
Yes. You will have exercises to practice at home. The “homework” may also include breathing exercises, meditation or journaling.
Will I be given treatments other than asana, breath-work and meditation?
You may be asked to use hot or cold compresses, but electrical stimulation and joint manipulation is not offered.
How long is the average treatment?
Generally, you will see positive changes within 6- 8 sessions. Much, though, will depend upon what issues we are working on, and how consistent you are in your home practice and in changing behaviors that may aggravate the condition. Yoga therapy is an investment in you, but without your active participation it is difficult to progress. Whether receiving traditional or alternative forms of treatment, when you are an advocate for your own health, the potential for positive change is greater.
What does the yoga therapy classes include?
The yoga therapy classes include one on one sessions with a certified therapist. There will be no standard treatment, each session is individually created for the client, according to their requirements and needs.
What should I bring or wear to each session?
You should wear anything that is comfortable and allows you to move. Preferably wear loose and breathable clothing.
Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?
You don’t need to be flexible. Your therapist will work closely with you to work on your flexibility and achieve your goals.
Is yoga therapy a type of religion?
No. While many people think of yoga as spiritual practice, it is not a particular type of religion.
Can I still practice yoga therapy even if I am injured?
Yoga therapy is safe to practice with an injury if you consult your primary physician first. If your physician gives you the go ahead to practice yoga therapy, make sure to rest when needed and stop if you feel pain.
Are these classes on site or remote?
The Yoga Therapy classes are on location.
What level of experience do I need to have?
You do not need any prior experience to benefit from yoga therapy. All beginners are welcome!
Are there any risks associated with yoga therapy?
There are no serious injuries or risks associated with Yoga Therapy. The common injuries that are plausible are sprains or strains.
Are these classes only for adults or children as well?
These classes are targeted towards adults.
Should I go on a diet for yoga therapy?
Your therapist can work with you to craft a diet specific to your needs and situation.