The wound is the place where the light enters you. – Rumi

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a complementary approach to healthcare that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western medicines.  It uses the tools of yoga and Ayurveda and applies them therapeutically to the individual.  Such tools include therapeutic movement, breath work, guided relaxation, guided meditation and lifestyle instruction. Yoga Therapy is an individualized practice and is created and practiced one-on-one with a certified yoga therapist.

Yoga therapy is increasingly used in hospitals and institutions as an alternative medical technique. Increasing amounts of research provide mounting evidence of yoga’s effectiveness for the body and mind.

Who can benefit from Yoga Therapy?

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Unresolved emotions
  • Ongoing stress
  • Chronic or terminal illness
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Musculoskeletal imbalances

How is Yoga Therapy different from group Yoga classes?

Yoga Therapy is individualized and prescriptive in nature, tailored to an individual’s health concerns and needs.  In the West, yoga classes are generally an exercise modality.  Additionally, a certified yoga therapist must have specific training beyond yoga teacher training.  Accredited yoga therapy schools require supervised internships with clients as well as study with nurses, physical therapists, and psychotherapists, among others.  New standards additionally require that a yoga teacher has taught at least 100 hours prior to entering a yoga therapy program.  It is a good idea to ask a yoga therapist how many hours they have taught yoga.

What does a Yoga Therapy session entail?

RadiantTable-R-IconYour first yoga therapy session will include a thorough and detailed Intake Questionnaire.  From this, a therapeutic approach is formulated for you.  Rachelle will create a customized session and practice it with you.  It may include any of the tools of yoga mentioned above: movement, breath work, guided meditation and/or guided relaxation.  It is recommended that a minimum of five one-on-one sessions be completed for the successful implementation of these new tools.  In addition to one-on-one sessions with Rachelle, best results are seen when a home practice is practiced regularly.   Rachelle will create these brief at-home sessions for you as well.

Is there a governing body that oversees standards for Yoga Therapy?

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) sets certification standards for yoga therapists.
Founded in 1989, their mission is to support education and research in yoga as a healing art and science. IAYT regularly publishes results of clinical studies on PubMed and their own site and quarterly journals.

IAYT Yoga Therapist