What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy uses the tools that you would find in many Yoga classes; postures, working with the breath, meditation, awareness of the body and/or mind, relaxation, and these are directed to the needs and ability of the person concerned.
The aim of Yoga Therapy is to promote good health for the person as a whole - the emphasis of this work may be towards the body, the mind, the emotions or a combination of these.
A health problem may be primarily in one of these aspects, for example, back pain caused by poor posture. Yoga Therapy would then focus on working with the body and Yoga postures. If the back pain is exacerbated by stress, then breathing practices to calm the mind will be very useful too. For depression and anxiety, there are gentle, specialised ways of regulating the nervous system. A restorative practice including visualisation and working with the breath can activate the relaxed response, calm the body and mind, increase energy and bring new perspectives.
Our health is a dynamic combination of body and mind. Long term physical conditions are commonly associated with depression and a variety of feelings - sadness, loss, frustration, anger. Our emotional health affects our physical health too. Yoga Therapy can bring us awareness of the body and mind; and more understanding of how to help the body, emotions or patterns of thinking and provides a practical approach to developing a positive state of health.
Yoga Therapy may be used in an individual, one-to-one session or in small therapy groups. Anyone can do Yoga and it’s safe for all health conditions.
Mental Health Conditions: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Autism, Postnatal Depression, Grief.
Physical Conditions: Back Pain, Musculoskeletal problems, Menopause, Women’s Health issues, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Parkinson’s, Asthma, COPD, Cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Diseases, IBS, Obesity, Heart Disease, Insomnia, Arthritis, Osteoporosis.
What to expect in a session?
At our first meeting we will explore your specific needs. We’ll then use a variety of practices to help you improve your health and wellbeing. It’s likely that you will need a minimum of six sessions to begin with. A programme and home practice will be created based on information gathered and a number of traditional Therapy models will be used to diagnose your health from a physical, energy, mind and spiritual perspective. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the practice and that it’s achievable for you to do. Follow up sessions will involve reviewing practice, understanding what’s working and not working for you. Insights and experiences can be shared enabling practice to be tailored, creating a new level of healing. Yoga practices can be used alongside other forms of treatment. A safe space will be provided to support personal inquiry into how you can support your own healing process.