Yoga Therapy: Not A Yoga Class
As yoga and yoga therapy both gain popularity, I think it is wise to understand the difference between the two. While a yoga class might be a great place to dip your toe into self discovery, a yoga therapy session guides you into a deeper exploration of who you are and what you need in order to find a greater sense of well-being and contentment in your life.
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.” As a new and innovative practice, it combines the breathwork, movement and mindfulness of yoga with a variety of traditional therapeutic approaches.
Why Choose Yoga Therapy?
Many people seek out a yoga class for a variety of reasons including exercise, mental health, stress relief, mindfulness or community. Yoga Therapy is different in that a practitioner creates an individualized treatment plan in which intentional therapeutic methods are chosen to address the client’s unique needs.
Unlike attending a yoga class where a yoga teacher leads the entire class through asanas, I teach my clients how to incorporate specific methods and tools into their daily life in order to:
· Manage moods
· Release attachments
· Change negative thinking patterns
· Let go of fear and judgment
In my practice, I integrate traditional therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with cutting edge treatment modalities such as EMDR, Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness, and Nature-Based Therapy. I have personally used these methods to help me through my own life transitions and difficulties.
Schedule A Session Today
Yoga is always a beneficial practice to add into your daily routine. However, if you feel you need more intentional guidance to address specific conditions or difficulties that you are experiencing, reach out to a Yoga Therapist. Better yet, schedule a session with me!