Yoga

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body – Harry J. Johnson (born 1945).

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class. Yoga therapy empowers individuals toward improved health and well-being through individualized Yoga techniques. These techniques are applied to specific ailments with the objective of achieving spiritual/psychological/physiological goals to create and maintain optimal health. Yoga therapists prescribe postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to help individuals, at any level, manage their condition, reduce symptoms and restore balance. Yoga therapy addresses illness in a multi-dimensional manner while alleviating suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner.  Depending upon the illness, Yoga therapy can be preventative, restorative, palliative, a means to manage illness, or facilitate healing to progress individuals toward holistic health. Yoga therapy respects individual differences in age, culture, religion, philosophy, occupation, and mental and physical health.

“Yoga therapy…represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a “normal” or healthy individual, Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.”  – Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.

What Yoga Therapy doesn’t do.

Yoga Therapy does not take the place of traditional medicine or religion. Yoga techniques work in conjunction with modern medicine to assist in the healing process. The application of meditation, breathing exercises, restorative poses and self-awareness techniques can enhance healing and enrich faith.

Session Length: 1.5 hours – $75; Not currently accepting appointments. 

First Session Includes: Evaluation, assessment, yoga postures, breathing exercises, restorative yoga and relaxation techniques. A personal practice/routine will be provided after session is completed. The individualized practice is meant to be performed on a regular basis.

Follow-up Sessions: provide in-depth instruction of personal practice with continual re-evaluation of routine. Follow-up sessions can be repeated weekly, bi-monthly or monthly depending on personal preference and/or need.