According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists:
“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.”
Yoga has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, but is just now emerging as a discipline in itself. According to the ancient yogic teachings and traditions of Patanjali, you are a multidimensional system, which includes the aspects of your body, breath, mind, intellect and emotions.
These aspects change and interrelate with each other, and are distinct from your unchanging true nature, or spirit. Therapeutic yoga is a holistic approach, which applies the techniques of traditional yoga, along with some Ayurvedic health practices to address our entire being.
A yoga therapy practice may include asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, mantra, chanting, mudra, ritual, guided imagery, self-reflection, and a disciplined lifestyle. Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of some or all of these practices.
The yoga therapist will work with you to develop a practice designed to address your needs and help you to attain your goals. Goals of yoga therapy can include managing, reducing or eliminating symptoms, relaxation, and stress management. You become empowered to move towards greater health and well-being.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM YOGA THERAPY?
Medical research shows that practicing yoga benefits at least 75 conditions and illnesses including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, low-back pain, anxiety, and depression.
Scientific studies have shown that yoga reduces stress, lowers heart rate, improves sleep, elevates mood, alleviates pain, improves strength and flexibility, and improves overall quality of life.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A YOGA THERAPY SESSION?
Before your first 2-hour visit, you will be asked to complete a Client Profile Form. During your visit you may be asked to complete other assessments such as posture, stress/anxiety scale, nutrition, and sleep. We will work together to design a yoga therapy practice to meet your needs and address your goals. This will be written out for you to practice daily. During subsequent 1-hour visits, we will review your practice, and with your input, we may make changes to your practice, and assess progress towards your goals.
A minimum of 3 sessions is recommended.
The first session is 2 hours. Additional sessions are 1 hour.
Discount packages are available.
If you have questions please contact Vitality Nutrition and Wellness.