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. It is a very tailored approach, either for an individual, or for a group that has a common condition or concern. Yoga therapy focuses on integration and optimal functioning of the client’s body, mind and spirit. In this context, therapeutic yoga seeks to heal, not necessarily to cure. Yoga therapy does not cure cancer, for example. However, it can be used to improve quality of life by positively influencing sleep, pain management, fatigue, stress, and mental outlook. Therapeutic yoga approaches can also be applied with children of all ages and abilities.
The yoga therapist’s role is to guide clients in their process of self-discovery and healing. Rather than offering a diagnosis and treatment for a specific condition, the yoga therapist creates a safe learning environment where the client can experiment, explore and become empowered. Yoga therapists have training beyond that of a yoga teacher, often with emphasis on how the extensive tools of yoga, including postures, breathing, meditation, and philosophy, can be brought to bear on specific physical and psycho-emotional issues. Our clients come to us with a variety of conditions–osteoarthritis, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, and anxiety, to name a few.
How Do I Know If I Would Benefit from Yoga Therapy?
We are pretty sure that most people would benefit from individualized therapeutic yoga. With that said, if you have a condition that is significantly influenced by stress, we think you should consider yoga therapy. Therapeutic yoga is effective for many musculo-skeletal conditions, particular if you are no longer doing physical therapy and want safe, targeted practices for your condition. Therapeutic yoga can help manage stress, anxiety and depression. With youth and children, yoga can be used generally to increase focus, concentration, strength and coordination in addition to specific clinical diagnosis like ADHD, autism and low muscle tone. These are just a few examples of the clients we most often see. Feel free to contact us to have a more in-depth discussion of your specific situation.
We also really like this article by preeminent American yoga therapist Gary Kraftsow on the distinction between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session.
Mindy Hanzlik is an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga, receiving her training from Integrative Yoga Therapy. She has also completed Functional Yoga Therapy training with Maria Mendola, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with Genevieve Yellin, and workshops on somatic yoga, chair yoga and Curvy Yoga. For more details, see her bio.
Yoli Maya Yeh is a Yoga Therapist since 1999 specializing in yoga therapy approaches for children with special needs, young adults, adults and infants. Her practice includes pre & post-natal specialties and supporting people on transformative life journeys. For more details, see her bio.
Jane Musgrave is also an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga with over 425 hours of training through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is pursuing the 800-hour yoga therapy certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has also studied Functional Yoga Therapy and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy. She teaches chair yoga extensively. Find more details here.
Cost and Other Details
We offer individualized 60-minute sessions for $80, or a package of five sessions for $250. We often find it helpful to complete a 30-minute phone consultation prior to meeting so that we have a clear idea of your objectives and can prepare appropriately.
Sessions are held at Ganesha. Dates and times are arranged individually with you and the therapist. Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, or we can provide one if you prefer.
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