What is Yoga Therapy?
A Definition of Yoga Therapy
When I say I’m a Yoga Therapist the next question is usually ‘what’s a Yoga Therapist?’ So here is the definition provided by the International Association of Yoga Therapists:
“Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.”
In addition I would emphasise the holistic nature of Yoga Therapy as an approach. We work with you as a whole person and consider your challenges in the context of your life.
What to expect from a Yoga Therapy session: Initial sessions are usually 90 minutes long with subsequent sessions between 60 and 90 minutes. Before we begin you’ll complete a Health Information Form to outline what brings you for therapy and any other relevant information.
The first session will usually begin with a discussion around your Health form. We’ll then look at how you stand, how you move and how you breathe.
Together we’ll agree on the goals and priorities of our sessions and I will then guide you into a relaxation or meditation as appropriate to the goals.
During the final part of the session we will co-create a practice for you to take home – one that you are excited and committed to doing daily until we meet again.
Yoga Therapy is not a miracle cure. It does require you to do the work but by carefully establishing goals that are deeply motivating for you it should be work that you are excited by.
Sessions might be weekly to begin with but then once established might become fortnightly or monthly. It is a highly personalised process and should feel like an available refuge from suffering.