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“The goal during yoga practice is to challenge yourself physically but not to feel overwhelmed. At this ‘edge’, the focus is on your breath while your mind is accepting the calm."

Harvard Medical School

Yoga Therapy

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Yoga therapists have in-depth training to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific goals while considering any limitations you might be experiencing. 

I, as your certified Yoga therapist, will assess your situation and choose best adaptation of Yoga as applied to your unique situation. These adaptations may include:

  • Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous
  • Breathing techniques
  • Meditation or visualization practices
  • Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances
  • Any combination of tools like these!

It all depends on what you need to increase your health and well-being.

Yoga therapy is not just about physical practices, but also addresses every aspect of life. It focuses on the body and mind’s natural healing capacity, optimizing well-being. While public yoga classes can ease everyday aches and pains, personalized yoga therapy sessions cater to individual needs and alleviate issues.

What to Expect From a Yoga Therapy Session

When you decide to initiate yoga therapy, I will first conduct an initial assessment. This assessment is designed to do the following:

  • Identify health problems
  • Assess lifestyle and physical capability
  • Discuss reasons for seeking therapy
  • Create a course of treatment

Once the treatment plan is established in this first consultation, frequency of sessions is agreed upon and sessions are scheduled. From this point, therapy sessions will most likely include the following components:

  • Breathing Exercises (Prayanama): I will guide you in therapy through a series of breathing exercises ranging from energizing breaths to balancing breaths.
  • Physical Postures (Asana): I will teach you appropriate yoga poses that address problem areas. For example, the “Legs Up the Wall” pose is used to treat things like anxiety and insomnia. In this pose, the person lays on his or her back with legs positioned up against the wall.
  • Meditation: Relaxation and mindfulness are the focus of meditation when it is combined with yoga poses.
  • Guided Imagery: I will attempt to calm the body and mind by providing a guided visualization intended to bring inner peace.
  • Homework: An important element for any yoga practice is to find a way to incorporate it into daily life. I will provide instructions on how to use what has been learned in treatment at home.

"Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite.”

D. Antoinette Foy

Pilates

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez and not pie-lates) is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. 

I offer private or small group classes (2-3 people), where the client works on the Mat and apparatus, such as the Reformer, Spine Corrector etc.

Benefits of Pilates

Health benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved flexibility and stability of spine. Core Strength. Improved posture, coordination and balance.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration and body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

"Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.”

Joseph Pilates