What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy, a subset of Yoga aims to empower an individual to improve physical and mental health through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. It incorporates the use of postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery. Drawing on medical, scientific and psychological knowledge and research, modern yoga therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy.
Each client is viewed holistically as an integrated being of mind, body and emotions and as such Yoga Therapy addresses all these aspects as appropriate. Yoga Therapy is a self-care approach to health, guided and supported by a qualified Yoga Therapist. In his book, ‘Yoga As Medicine’ the physician Timothy McCall M.D. describes Yoga Therapy as ‘simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being.’
What Can Yoga Therapy Do For Me?
Most talking therapies focus predominantly on the mind. As a Yoga therapist I address both the physical and psychological aspects of wellness. Following an initial assessment session, you are given a tailor made home practice consisting of postures, breathing exercises and mindfulness practices as appropriate for your needs and requirements to do in between sessions. These would gradually be added to or adapted so that by the time you leave therapy, you have a fully integrated practice to take away with you.
Initially a minimum course of five or six sessions held weekly or fortnightly is recommended but this can be discussed and arranged with you. Therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment or alongside counselling, psychotherapy, physiotherapy and conventional medicine to treat a wide number of conditions. The following list shows conditions I frequently work with:
- Back Pain
- Pre-Menstrual Tension and Menopausal problems
- Alleviating the side effects of cancer treatments and post cancer recovery
Individual Yoga sessions can also be very helpful for those who are thinking of joining a class but would initially like some individual guidance. No previous experience of Yoga is necessary. If you feel that you could benefit from individual sessions, please do get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements.
Cost: £55 per session.