Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process that can be a complement to other modalities for healing an illness, preventative care, managing a chronic illness and will move the seeker towards growing in a multi-dimensional manner.
From The Founder
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.” -TKV Desikachar
Yoga therapy is the application of Yogic principles with the objective of achieving a specific spiritual, psychological, or physical goal. Contrary to popular Western belief, Yoga is not a sequence of poses (asanas) but rather a vast, calculated, yet intuitive science that includes the use of; meditation, spiritual counseling, chanting, self-study, journaling, ritual, pranayama, yantra, mudra, mantras, asanas, to name a few.
Yoga therapy respects all ages, cultures, religions, philosophies, as well as, physical and mental health. The knowledgeable and competent yogini applies different Yogic principles based on the seeker’s goals.
More About Yoga Therapy…
Yoga Therapy is an emerging therapy in the world of holistic healing for the therapeutic application of yogic techniques such as, but not limited to; asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantras, mudras, meditation, yoga nidra, sometimes Ayurvedic practices as well as, other holistic practices. Each Yoga Therapist will bring their experience and expertise into each session. This holistic approach to health is typically complimentary to other forms of healing, whether through your medical professional or another holistic practitioner.
For in depth information about Yoga Therapy, visit https://yogatherapy.health/how-can-yoga-therapy-help/
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Yoga Therapy is not a replacement for medical support. You will receive a personalized plan to work with on your own.
Your First Session
After scheduling, clients receive an extensive form to complete. The questions are not required but highly recommended.
Sita will review your intake and gather much of the treatment plan. Additionally, she will gather some intuitive guidance.
During your session Sita will ask further questions and get a firm understanding of your goals and desired outcomes.
Clients receive an extensive treatment plan to meet their intended outcomes.
Personalized Wellness Plan
At the end of the first session clients receive a complete wellness plan. This plan has everything clients need to reach their desired outcomes for physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Is Yoga Therapy a legitimate treatment option?
Yoga Therapy is relatively new and the governing body is The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Their mission on their website is:
IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.
Founded in 1989, IAYT has consistently championed yoga as a healing art and science. Membership is open to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare practitioners who use yoga in their practices, and yoga researchers. School membership is open to schools with yoga therapy training programs.
IAYT has more than 5,000 individual members from 50+ countries, and more than 150 member schools. As of spring 2021, there are also 66 IAYT-accredited yoga therapy training programs, with more under review.
The training to become a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) is an 805 hour training program. Sita Severson, who is Tejas’s Yoga Therapist resident is completing her training early 2023 from Soul Of Yoga Institute in Encinitas, Ca. You can read more about their program here: https://soulofyoga.com/yoga-teacher-training/yoga-therapy-certification/