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What to Expect from Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga uses a variety of techniques to help you find balance and heal, such as assisted and supported movement and postures (Asana), breath exercises (Pranayama), energy movement techniques (Energetic Diffusion Technique, Focusing & Polarity Integration), and guided meditation (Yoga Nidra).

Unresolved mental and emotional tensions increase physical holding in the body creating discomfort, misalignment, and stagnation of healing. A therapeutic yoga session will promote healing, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy. This holistic approach is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.

"The goal of yoga therapy is quite simply to re-establish the optimal flow of energy in the body. This energy already knows how to heal and balance both emotionally and physically. It just needs to have the obstructions to its optimal functioning removed."

---Kamini Desai, Ph.D.

Therapeutic Yoga can address a wide range of concerns.  These include:

  • Chronic pain (Back Pain, Arthritis, PMS, Fibromyalgia)

  • Neurologic Issues (Stroke Effects, MS, Parkinson’s, TBI)

  • Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia)

  • Healthy Aging (Osteoporosis, Balance & Fall Prevention)

  • Support for Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease

Typically, a thorough intake is completed to get to know you and your unique concerns.  This may include an assessment of your restrictions, comfort and pain level, medical history, and desired goals. A course of action is then implemented as the Yoga Therapist guides you through assisted stretches and teaches you practices to improve your condition. You will also be given exercises to work on outside of the visits with your therapist and will have follow up appointments to ensure you are improving.  

The sessions focus on your condition and how the various yoga techniques can help you feel better or improve your function rather than on a typical yoga practice. It is based on your individual assessment and addresses your specific concerns. You are empowered with self-healing and given tools for your continued progress and well-being.

Perhaps you're thinking therapeutic yoga may not benefit you, because you're not ill. While it's a great addition for individuals wrestling with health and structural issues, for people who need to de-stress and relax it can be a very real yoga vacation -- especially if you work, play and worry a little bit too hard.

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