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About Yoga Therapy

“A self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a
personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional
manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary
manner. Depending on the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative,
but also serve as a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”
Yoga and yoga therapy can be therapeutic, and take place either in a group setting or one-to-one, and
naturally they share techniques and an overarching rationale."

TKV Desikachar

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What is Yoga Therapy?

Through substantial training and academic work, yoga therapists gain the medical knowledge and psychotherapeutic skills to meet people’s changing needs, and provide yogic techniques appropriate to their client’s health status.

 

A yoga therapist’s role is to listen to their clients in order to form a full picture of the symptoms that trouble them, identifying the most appropriate yogic methods (often in conjunction with other pharmaceutical and therapeutic
treatments) to manage these symptoms. 

 

While yoga and yoga therapy do sit side by side in their place as a form of self - care and exercise, a yoga therapy practice brings in the mind/body/spirit competent with specific focus on targeting chronic pain conditions.

Yoga Therapy can address a range of concerns:

Chronic Back Pain

Low back pain, Arthritis, PMS, fibromyalgia ect.

Illness Support

Cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease

Neurological Issues

Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury

Healthy Aging

Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, balance and Fall Prevention

Mental Health

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia

Working with a Yoga Therapist

A Yoga therapist has a differing knowledge base with two years of extensive IAYT training including;

  • Yoga Philosophy

  • Psychology

  • Bio Medicine

  • Adaptive of tools to meet individual needs

  • In-depth anatomy and pathophysiology

  • Extensive clinical experience

When visiting a yoga therapist, the client will be subject to a detailed assessment in advance of embarking on any practice. An individualized treatment plan will be drawn up, which may be modified as the treatment progresses according to client response.

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