A growing body of research shows that yoga can help relieve aches and pains, manage symptoms of chronic disease, reduce stress, and improve mental health and well-being. Influenced by these research findings, health care providers have begun referring their patients to yoga classes. However, most group classes are not tailored to address specific health concerns, and few yoga teachers are professionally trained in yoga therapy. Margy, who is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute’s Yoga Therapy Program, offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions to help you use the tools of yoga to address your unique physical and health concerns.
What Is Yoga Therapy?
The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.” The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.
Yoga therapy is not a replacement for conventional techniques used in Western medicine, but a complementary modality that uses the ancient teachings of yoga to enhance health and wellness. Yoga therapy is based on premise that you can take an active role in your own health and healing.
Yoga therapy can be a transformative approach to health and healing. Because it is a holistic discipline that recognizes the multidimensional nature of human beings, it can benefit us on multiple levels. Yoga therapy can help with:
• Structural conditions such as back pain, muscle weakness, poor posture, scoliosis, sciatica, and balance/stability issues.
• Physiological conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, and sleep issues.
• Psycho-emotional conditions including anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.
“The natural healing force within us is the greatest force in getting well.”—Hippocrates
How We Work
During the first session, which lasts about 90 minutes, you talk with Margy about the reasons for your visit and your health history, and she conducts a brief evaluation. Then she designs a yoga practice targeted for your unique condition, which you do under her guidance. Depending on your needs, personality, and goals, your personalized practice might include physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, meditation, sound/chanting, self-study, lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, sleep habits, stress management), and other techniques. You’ll leave the session with a customized, written practice, which you’ll do at home. This home yoga program is a critical part of your healing journey. During follow-up sessions, which last about 60 minutes, Margy helps you refine your home practice as your symptoms improve. At least three yoga therapy sessions are recommended for you to see significant improvement. To set up an appointment or to learn more about how yoga therapy might help you, please contact Margy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-490-5364.