What is movement but the expression of Spirit on Earth…
Yoga is an ancient, self-empowering practice that utilizes a wide range of tools to enhance well-being and to both maintain and restore health. It can be a powerful medium on the journey towards personal transformation.
Yogic tools utilized to facilitate health and healing are:
- Breathing Techniques (Pranayama)
- Physical Postures (Asana)
- Visualizations (Bhavana)
- Sounds (Mantra)
- Gestures (Mudra)
- Hand Placements (Nyasa)
- Meditation Techniques (Dhyanam)
Yoga Therapy is a therapeutic approach to yoga used to address a broad range of physical, mental, and emotional concerns through adapting yoga very specifically to the unique needs of each individual. This multidimensional approach requires active participation in one’s therapeutic plan and it can greatly complement clinical treatment.
Benefits of Yoga Therapy
Yogic exercises help to clear the body, mind, and spirit and can be used as either preventive or curative means. Some overall general benefits:
- Aids in flexibility and strength
- Alleviates daily stresses and tensions
- Improves concentration and attention span
- Balances and detoxifies the systems of the body
- Develops balance, coordination, postural alignment, and body awareness
- Good for depression, anger, anxiety, and various psychological ailments
- Good for chronic pain, pain management, and various physiological symptoms
- Improves self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-confidence, and overall vitality
- Assists in positive changes in mood and helps to both ground and root the mind
I. Individual Yoga Therapy
These are individualized 1:1 sessions that help guide each person on the road to wellness. A yoga therapist has had extensive training in yoga and is able to create a therapeutic environment to facilitate each session.
Together, the yoga therapist and the patient create the most appropriate yoga health plan based on the individual’s specific needs. Continual assessment and monitoring of the patient’s process along with appropriate feedback is provided.
Three consecutive yoga therapy sessions are recommended as follows:
- The first session is for assessment and consultation.
- By the second session, a home practice has been created and is taught step by step.
- The third session focuses on fine-tuning the home practice.
After these three initial visits, either weekly or monthly sessions will follow for practice refinement and maintenance. Individual sessions run the length of sixty minutes once a week.
II. Group Yoga Therapy
These are specific yoga groups created for individuals who are experiencing similar psychological concerns. The yoga therapist guides the group through various physical and contemplative exercises while providing psycho-educational tools. Group members are provided with a safe space to practice and guidelines to support each other through this process.
Typical groups formed are for anxiety, depression, and grief. The format of the group consists of three to nine members, runs the length of sixty minutes once a week for twelve weeks, and is created upon need or request.