What Does a Yoga Therapist Do?
Yoga therapists use the tools and practices of yoga to empower clients toward improved health and well-being through the use of postures, breathing practices, meditation, and lifestyle. Yoga therapists understand the multidimensional nature of the individual and work from the premise that the physical, energy, emotional, and spiritual levels are fully integrated and inter-related. In yoga therapy the ancient wisdom, tools, and techniques of yoga combined with traditional and contemporary best practices are adapted to each individual’s unique situation and health challenge with the goal of helping clients improve, maintain and optimize health.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the potential benefits of yoga therapy?
- What happens during the yoga therapy session?
- What model of care is available?
- How do I make an appointment?
- An increased sense of overal health and well-being
- Improved strength, flexibility, and balance
- Correct musculoskeletal disorders and postural imbalance
- Relief of chronic pain, low back pain, headaches, and tension in neck and shoulders
- Increase range of motion, coordination and balance for clients with MS and Parkinson’s Disease
- Reduce symptoms of many chronic disorders including arthritis
- Stress management and greater ability to find calm
- Enhanced resilience and heart rate variability
- Emotional balance through mindful self awareness
- Mood regulation
Initial yoga therapy session: 90 minutes
Your practitioner will gather information about your health and personal history, health concerns, and lifestyle practices. Depending on the information gathered in this initial intake your therapist may elect to conduct a full postural assessment to identify any musculoskeletal imbalance that may be causing pain or contributing to your discomfort. Once the therapist has completed a full evaluation and assessement you will work in partnership to set goals for your therapeutic yoga practices based on your needs and the therapists findings. You will leave your first session with an individualized plan to address your specific needs and that will support your journey to increased health and well-being.
Follow-up sessions: 60 minutes
In your follow-up sessions, the yoga therapist will ask you about your practice and provide additional guidance that includes postures, breathing practices and meditation to support your goals.
Yoga therapy sessions are available as a team care model.