The practices your yoga therapist recommends could 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 wellbeing.

(From Yogatherapy.Health, a website by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.)

What is yoga therapy?

Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, 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. Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals.

The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize wellbeing.

A general public yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood complaints. But a yoga therapy session goes much further because it is tailored to the individual.

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.

The practices your yoga therapist recommends could 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 wellbeing.

(From Yogatherapy.Health, a website by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.)

How does yoga therapy reduce stress?

Chronic stress diminishes wellbeing. It may show up as…Muscle tension. Pain. Headaches. Overwhelm. Worry. Anxiety. Indecision. Irritability. Restlessness. Sleep problems. Burnout. Fatigue. Sadness. Disconnect. And the list goes on. Stress affects every aspect of our lives.

In essence, stress is our body’s natural alarm system. The alarm is a normal response to a perceived threat. It sets off a well-orchestrated series of reactions to make us alert, focused, and careful when we truly need it. All to often, however, our system sounds a false alarm. When there’s no actual danger. Real or not, we experience the same cascade of hormonal and physiological changes.

The alarm triggers an instinctive fight, flight, or freeze response. Our heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, and muscles tense. Blood sugar and fats flood the bloodstream to give us a boost of energy. Our immune, digestive, and reproductive systems—deemed unnecessary in an emergency—are suppressed.

We’re not designed to be on high alert at all times. That’s why our alarm system has a counterbalance. Once a threat has passed, and we’re safe, our relaxation response naturally calms us down.

That’s what’s supposed to happen. But for many of us, alarms—both real and false—are going off at every turn. We’re in a perpetual state of reaction. We don’t feel safe. Overwhelmed with stress, we literally forget how to relax. And we suffer physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.

This is where yoga therapy comes in. The yogic model of health uniquely addresses every aspect of our lives. Infinite therapeutic practices are available to alleviate tension, increase resilience, and cultivate ease. To transform our reaction to stress. To consciously re-engage the relaxation response. To teach us how to feel safe again.

The healing practices of yoga were originally developed to help people reach their highest human potential. Yoga therapy applies these practices to transform suffering and optimize wellbeing. One-on-one sessions for stress relief and resilience include movement, mindfulness, and lifestyle education. They’re intended to empower clients with tailored, sustainable techniques to address both the symptoms and the source of stress.

What can I expect from a yoga therapy session?

The focus of my work is stress relief and resilience. Stress shows up in myriad ways and is unique to the individual. To understand your personal experiences and challenges with stress, we’ll start with an intake. You’ll complete and submit this intake to me before our first session, and I’ll spend time reviewing it before we meet.

In our initial session, we’ll dive deeper into your intake responses and go through an assessment. Together, these elements will allow me to better understand you and your yoga therapy goals. And then, we’ll explore some approachable tools to address stress. You’ll receive a foundational home practice to weave into your everyday life.

Follow-up sessions will continue to focus on your needs and goals while we modify, expand upon, and refine the tools that resonate with you. These may include joint-mobility techniques, breathing exercises, meditation methods, restorative poses, relaxation routines, and awareness approaches. Consistent practice is essential to let go of old, dusty patterns that no longer serve you. To integrate new, nourishing habits that promote healing.

With my guidance, you’ll experience and learn a personal blend of practices to reduce stress. I’ll tailor movement, mindfulness, and lifestyle education to soothe your symptoms, build resilience, and enrich your everyday life.

When you’re out of balance, it can be hard to find your way back to center. I’d be honored to serve as your guide. I have an expansive toolbox of therapeutic techniques. I’ve studied with expert teachers of yoga, Ayurveda, energetic healing, and conscious living. I love sharing the practices I’ve learned, cultivated, and integrated.

And, my deepest intention is to help you realize that you’re capable and whole, just as you are. The potential to heal resides within you. Because of this, our private sessions aren’t designed continue every week until the end of time. Ultimately, you’ll feel empowered to practice and thrive independent of my guidance.

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