A tailored approach
What is Yoga Therapy and who is it for?
According to one of the great masters of Yoga Therapy from the 1900s, TVK Desikachar.
“Yoga Therapy is 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 upon the nature of the illness, Yoga Therapy can not only be preventive or curative, but also serve as a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”
Yoga therapy is taught by yoga teachers with additional training and experience in the therapeutic adaptation and application of yoga. People may be taught one-to-one or in a therapy group setting.
Yoga Therapy may help support
Yoga used therapeutically may help many issues and can be appropriate for a wide range of ages and lifestyles as well as those looking for a healthier way of life. Mindful movement, breathing, relaxation, meditation are just some of the therapeutic practices taught. Tools can be used in everyday life to help improve and/or manage symptoms triggered by chronic health conditions e.g. stress, anxiety, musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain, sleep disturbances and more. All that is needed from the participant is the desire to help her or himself and the willingness to practise regularly. Through practising a yoga therapy programme the participant may, for example, become more aware of posture and breathing. She/he may also find regular practice can help to promote relaxation, aid sleep and relieve tension; it may help to contribute to an increased sense of wellbeing and a positive mood.
What to expect in a session?
In a typical first yoga therapy session a medical history will be taken by the yoga therapist. The body, posture, simple movements and the breath may be observed and issues and concerns discussed. Working with yoga therapeutically is about the whole person. The yoga therapist will then assess how yoga therapy may help before planning and teaching a practice tailored to the needs of that individual. Practices may include one or more of a range of techniques such as posture work, breathing, relaxation, working with sound, reflection, and/or meditation. A number of sessions are likely to be needed to confirm safe and appropriate practice.
Cancellation Policy: please provide a minimum of 24 hours notice, otherwise a cancellation charge of 75% of the booking fee will apply. If you cancel with more than 24 hours notice and re-book there is no cancellation fee.