Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

Personalize your yoga practice – promote deep healing through yoga therapy

Individual sessions with an experienced yoga therapist can help you to develop a meaningful home yoga practice, lead you in new directions for self-healing, or nurture you through a difficult time in your life.

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Carla McAdams and Margy Smariga offer private sessions at MSY, combining over 20 years of yoga teaching experience and thousands of hours of training. 

What Is Yoga Therapy?

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”, defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.

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.

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.

While health care providers refer their patients to yoga because it can help to relieve aches and pains, manage symptoms of chronic disease, reduce stress, and improve mental health and well-being, most group classes are not tailored to address specific 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, which are accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists; not derived from our status as an RYT® with Yoga Alliance Registry.

How We Work

During your first session, which lasts about 90 minutes, you discuss the reasons for your visit and your health history, and your yoga therapist 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.

“Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh