What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga, that expansive, beautiful, and sometimes mysterious practice hailing from centuries of sacred tradition in its source culture of India, changes lives. Yoga is a spiritual practice of moving beyond the noise of thought and into the depth of knowing. There's a timeless, wordless experience where connections to love, acceptance, insight and wisdom manifest and by accessing that experience, any being holds the potential to free themselves from the suffering that binds them. With the intention of facilitating that experience and alleviating suffering by the use and application of yogic practices and lifestyle, yoga therapy provides clients with the therapeutic space and relationship necessary for deep self awareness and transformational change.
Yoga therapy is different from yoga classes
People attend yoga classes to practice the techniques of Asana(posture), Pranayama(Breathwork) and Concentration and Meditation (Dharana & Dhyana), and these techniques do much to impact fitness, mood, and overall wellness.Yoga classes are led by instructors, typically registered with Yoga Alliance after completing 200 and 300 hour traning programs, offer a wide range of styles and environments, which is great for inviting people to try Yoga and continue with community and regular practice.
When a person is coping with injury or illness, and it could be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, they may want and need an individualized and personal practice. This is when it is wise to engage with a yoga therapist. The International Association of Yoga Therapists certies trained yoga therapists (C-IAYT) who are required to have 1000+ training hours and practicum experience. With a professional code of ethics and scope of practice in place, C-IAYT offers clients a dependable standard of professional service
Why does Yoga Therapy transform lives?
A yoga therapist guides the client's practice following a thorough intake. Yoga therapists consider all aspects of the client: the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual and take a client-centered approach to choices made in yoga therapy sessions. Clients learn to practice and sustain skills like mindfulness and breathwork, which are helpful in alleviating the pain and suffering of almost any condition. Clients are supported in the process and state of* awareness* and in being with the obstacles that get in the way. Clients discover the wisdom and insight that transforms the conditions of their experience and are empowered by it.
Yoga therapists also trained to understand the limitations of yoga techniques and practices, and this means that yoga therapy is a compliment to medical and mental health treatments and never a replacement.
How can you benefit?
Feel, sense and connect with your body as a source of experience and knowledge. Experientally learn how the mind, breath and body can come together, work together to ease your pain and free you from your suffering. Find and work with a yoga therapist (online and in-person) to develop a personalized practice that fits the true definition of selfcare. Even when you know yourself and the layers of your experience, working with a qualified yoga therapist can support you with experiences that open your life to new and different ways of being.
Thank you for providing clarity on the difference between yoga classes and yoga therapy.