What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is the individualized application of yogic techniques, such as asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation and meditation with the intention of personal growth and healing. While many yoga therapists focus on utilizing yoga to address physical symptoms, I specialize in integrating yoga philosophy and techniques with western psychotherapy to address mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. Yoga therapy is a natural complement to western medical treatment.
What happens in a yoga therapy session?
Yoga therapy is a completely individualized process that is designed to help you better meet your personal needs and achieve your personal goals. In the first session, we’ll discuss your personal history, your concerns, and identify the goals of therapy. We will then begin to develop your personal sadhana, or practice, which might involve specific yoga practices to best address the identified concerns. This usually takes a few weekly sessions to explore, develop and teach specific practices so that you feel comfortable practicing on your own and at your own pace. Personal practice could include a specific series of postures, breathing exercises, guided relaxation or other techniques. once the specific practice has been developed, maintenance appointments can be scheduled to fine-tune the practice or to make any changes that might become necessary.
Who is best suited for yoga therapy?
Anyone can benefit from yoga therapy. Yoga consists of a wide variety of practices that can be adapted to meet anyone’s individual needs or limitations. As people all have individual differences, it is unlikely that the same yoga practice is going to be suitable for all people.
What do I need to do to benefit from yoga therapy?
My first suggestion is to keep an open mind to trying new things. In the Yoga Sutra (an ancient text that defines yoga philosophy), three qualities are seen as necessary for positive change. These are effort or discipline, self-study, and surrender. Effort or discipline is simply making an everyday effort to work towards one’s goal. Self-study involves self-observation without judgment and using the information learned from this inquiry towards positive change. Surrender means not being attached to the outcome and allowing whatever occurs to follow its natural progression.