What is Yoga Therapy?
Updated: Jan 7, 2022
“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.”
International Association of Yoga Therapists
What is the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is usually class based and everyone does the same set of activities though some people may be doing different options of a pose to suit their needs. Yoga Therapy usually involves a one to one therapy session, though some Therapists also run small group sessions where everyone has a similar issue, for example, arthritis … more about that to follow in another article.
One to One Sessions
The sessions can take place in the client’s home, the therapist’s home or online.
You and the therapist design an individualised practise, to be done at home – it will include yoga practises for the whole you, not just asana (poses) and may include breathing, meditation, chanting, mudras (gestures) and always a relaxation pose! Below is an example of what happens.
1) The client will chat to the potential Yoga Therapist to check that yoga therapy would be helpful to them
2) The client fills in a health questionnaire form at least 72 hours before the appointment.
3) The first session begins by getting to know you, the client, discussing relevant issues from the health form, then looking at how you stand, move and breath. This will enable the therapist to design a practise for your priorities, which they will plan while you are in a relaxation pose. You then have a chance to try out the practise before leaving with your programme.
4) Follow up sessions check how you are, how you found the practise, measure progress against your goals, setting new goals, if appropriate
What will a practise look like?
It depends on what your priorities are and what time you have available. For some people it may resemble a 20-minute yoga class. For others 10 minutes may be all they can fit in their day or it may even be split into a 10-minute morning practise and relaxation for the evening.
Some asanas may be similar to those in a regular yoga class, sometimes adapted as needed. The practise may be given only 3 asanas, (poses) but they will be especially chosen for you and there is always a relaxation pose.
So, what is it useful for?
A wide range of issues, for example chronic low back pain, anxiety, muscular issues such as scoliosis, COPD, shoulder stiffness and arthritis.
What do I need to be aware of?
The Yoga therapist is not a doctor – they do not diagnose and if you are receiving treatment then you will need to check with a Doctor that yoga therapy it is suitable for you.
If you have an issue that is beyond a Yoga Therapist area of expertise be prepared to be guided towards a chiropractor or other therapists, as needed.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange on-line sessions or free 15 minute consultation:
£40 for 1 ½ hours initial session
£25 for 1-hour follow-up sessions
Or Initial session plus 3 follow up £100