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What Is Yoga Therapy?

Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, Yoga Therapy addresses the root cause of ailments.

After gathering information on an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs I use a holistic approach to provide support that looks at the whole person. This includes a range of healing methods listed below.

Yoga Therapists have in-depth schooling to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific needs while considering any limitations, concerns or anxiety you might be experiencing.

The practices your therapist recommends may include:​

  • Breathwork

  • Meditation or visualization practices

  • Personal embodiment 

  • Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous

  • Body scanning

  • Sound healing

  • Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or imbalances

  • Talk therapy

  • Distress tolerance

  • Release sessions

Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all.

A yoga therapy session, whether one-to-one or in a small group is tailored to the individual as opposed to large group classes. 

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Yoga for Trauma helps people learn to regulate their nervous system and get back in touch with their bodies. When we have an imbalanced nervous system we often cannot tolerate certain physical sensations and therefore do not feel safe inside our own bodies. Yoga that is specifically designed for survivors of trauma has modifications when compared with traditional yoga. The approach for trauma-sensitive yoga varies for each individual. 

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