What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a healing discipline that complements western medicine. In recent years it has been fuelled by a growing body of scientific evidence supporting mind and body practices. This individually-prescribed health and wellness program integrates traditional yogic concepts and techniques including Asana (physical poses), Pranayama (breath work), Meditation, Mantra, Mudra, and Relaxation - to name but a few - within the realms of western medical and psychological knowledge.

 

Yoga Therapy is provided by way of individual consultation with a Yoga Therapist. It focuses on health and wellbeing in a comprehensive and co-ordinated way, supporting you in being responsible for managing your own health using the many tools and principles of yoga. 

 

"Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga."

International Association of Yoga Therapists

 

“Yoga Therapy empowers and supports individuals to manage their own health using the principles of Yoga and applying a range of Yoga practices developed within a professional therapeutic relationship.”

 Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists

 

Who can benefit from Yoga Therapy?

 

Yoga Therapy makes the benefits of yoga accessible to everyone. It is suitable for beginners and for more advanced students who would like personalised guidance to start or continue a daily practice with the aim of achieving physical, emotional and mental balance. Yoga Therapy creates a unique and individual health and wellness program that can assist with many conditions including:

 

  • anxiety, depression, addictions and trauma

  • cancer

  • nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis 

  • bone disease like osteoporosis

  • digestive issues like IBS and colitis

  • women’s health

  • metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity 

  • reproductive and urinary disorders like menopause and PCOS

  • auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue 

  • lower back problems

  • ankle and foot problems

  • shoulder, elbow and wrist problems

  • hip and knee joint conditions including hip replacements and many more health conditions

  • You will actively participate in your own recovery from injury or illness

 

What Should I Expect in my Yoga Therapy Program?
 

During your first consultation your yoga therapist will take a full health assessment and you will decide on the most important priorities for you. Before the second session your yoga therapist will take time to plan and design a program to fit your personal priorities and capability. During the second session your program will be fully explained and you will have the opportunity to try your practice with the guidance of your yoga therapist. The third visit is an opportunity to refine and adjust your program wherever it is felt necessary.