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.
Take an active role in your healing to create well-being in your life!
Yoga therapy can help:
- 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.
MSY yoga therapists can help you to create wellness in your life. Here’s how we can help you to heal through private, one-one-one therapy:
- eliminate, reduce or manage symptoms that cause suffering
- improve function
- prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness
- nuture you through a difficult time in your life
- develop a meaningful, personalized home yoga practice
Yoga therapy is not a replacement for conventional techniques used in Western medicine, but it is a complementary modality that uses the ancient teachings of yoga to enhance health and wellness.
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.
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Carla McAdams and Margy Smariga offer private yoga therapy sessions at MSY. They are both professionally trained and certified yoga therapists by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and share over 35 years of combined yoga teaching experience.
How We Work
We recommend at least three-five private yoga therapy sessions to get started. For significant improvement, you may purchase multiple sessions which can be tailored to meet your goals.
Your first session:
During your first session, which lasts about 90 minutes, you discuss the reasons for your visit and your health history. Your yoga therapist conducts a brief evaluation. Then she designs a yoga practice targeted for your unique condition, which you do under her guidance.
Tailored to 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.
Following this session you’ll be sent 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:
Your yoga therapist supports your wellness journey and helps you to refine your home practice as your symptoms improve. These sessions last about 60 minutes.
You can schedule a tune-up at any time after your initial sessions to make adjustments to your practice or your goals. Our yoga therapists are constantly learning through coursework and conferences and are likely to have new insight to share with you.
“Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh