Yoga Therapy utilizes the ancient science of yoga to enhance the receiver’s overall health and well-being. As a Yoga Therapist, I provide one-to-one client intakes and yoga therapy sessions; collaborating with the client to design an individualized wellness plan based on their specific needs. Wellness plans may include breath work, yoga poses, restorative yoga, mindfulness, meditation, Reiki, Aryuvedia, yoga nidra, guided imagery, sensation awareness, journals, mantra, self reflection, nature therapy, stillness, and yoga philosophy.
As a yoga therapist, my clients have presented with anxiety, anger, aggression, rheumatoid arthritis, behavioral issues, depression, chronic pain, cancer, eating disorders, COPD, self-esteem, sexual abuse, self-injurious behaviors, chronic stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, relationship stressors, ADHD, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, PTSD, addiction, PMS, menopause, grief, unresolved childhood issues, energy balancing, insomnia, bullying and lifestyle issues.
The many tremendous benefits of yoga therapy include stress relief, reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms, a balance in mood swings, and a general emotional integration by calming the nervous system, increasing immune functioning and increasing energy levels.
I am often asked how yoga therapy differs from traditional yoga practices. For me personally, yoga therapy is a unification of my career as a mental health counselor and my love for yoga. Without either of these, I could never have experienced what I believe to be the most profound holistic adjunct treatment available today.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yandara Yoga Institute; it was profound and life changing! I continued my 500 hour studies at the School of Sacred Arts; these training's introduced a personal journey of self reflection, along with an in depth teachings of the history and philosophy of yoga, the principles and practices of yoga and how to sequence and teach various styles of yoga including, asana’s (poses), pranayama (breath), mantra (chanting), meditation and relaxation. Mypursuit to see counseling and yoga integrated as a blended modality led me to more in-depth studies at the Himalayan Institute and Kula Kamala Ashram.
As a yoga therapist, the primary focus is on yoga therapy as a specialty; one must first complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training before being accepted into a yoga therapy training program or prior to receiving certification from the International Association of Yoga Therapist. During the yoga therapy training, the art and science of yoga therapy are taught together with models of health and healthy living; these training's focus on a broad spectrum of physical and psychological symptoms, imbalances, pathologies, illness, and disease. I whole-heartedly believe the key to yoga therapy is bringing the body, mind and spirit to homeostasis at a physical, mental, and emotional level.
As a certified yoga therapist, I assess the client’s individual needs and we, together, prepare a personalized treatment plan utilizing the mind-body-spirit approach with equanimity as our desired outcome! The beauty of yoga therapy is that it allows the client to start with whatever is happening, right now, in this moment, at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level!