Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

A growing body of research shows that yoga can help relieve aches and pains, manage symptoms of chronic disease, reduce stress, and improve mental health and well-being. Influenced by these research findings, health care providers have begun referring their patients to yoga classes. However, most group classes are not tailored to address specific health concerns.

At Mountain Spirit Yoga, we offer one-on-one private sessions to help you use the tools of yoga to address your unique physical and health concerns.

The yoga therapy components of our practice are based on advanced professional training through the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI), Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and Integrative Yoga Therapy; not derived from our status as an RYT ®with Yoga Alliance Registry.

 

What Is Yoga Therapy?

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The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.” The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.

Yoga therapy is not a replacement for conventional techniques used in Western medicine, but a complementary modality that uses the ancient teachings of yoga to enhance health and wellness. Yoga therapy is based on the premise that you can take an active role in your own health and healing.

Yoga therapy can help with:

  • Structural conditions such as back pain, muscle weakness, poor posture, scoliosis, sciatica, and balance/stability issues.
  • Physiological conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, cancer, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, COPD, constipation, and sleep issues.
  • Psycho-emotional conditions including anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.

How We Work

CarlaTherapyTopDuring the first session, which lasts about 90 minutes, you talk with the yoga therapist about the reasons for your visit and your health history, and she conducts a brief evaluation. Then she designs a yoga practice targeted for your unique condition, which you do under her guidance. Depending on your specific needs, personality, and goals, your personalized practice might include physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques, meditation, guided imagery, sound/chanting, self-study, lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, sleep habits, stress management), and other techniques. You’ll leave the session with a customized, written practice, which you’ll do at home. This home yoga program is a critical part of your healing journey. During follow-up sessions, which last about 60 minutes, the yoga therapist helps you refine your home practice as your symptoms improve. We recommend at least three yoga therapy sessions to see significant improvement.