According to the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)
"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga."
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY?
Yoga therapy is the specific application of the yogic tools to address an individual's physical, mental, and emotional needs. This means that Yoga Therapy adapts to the individual and therefore, no one is left behind or unable to practice.
Yoga therapists have in-depth training to keep their clients safe.
Yoga Therapy is trauma-sensitive and offers a compassionate and gentle doorway into easing emotional suffering and lack of agency.
Yoga Therapy offers hope and the possibility of change as each client or student is guided in a unique way towards health. Tailored practices and using a whole person approach, means that everyone has the capacity to be guided towards the creation of health.
Yoga Therapy recognises the deep connection between mind, breath and body. It empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own health through their choices, encouraging allowance and self-care.
YOGA THERAPY PHILOSOPHY
UNDERSTANDING the person as a whole. Not only someone’s health issues but every aspect of the human being.
IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE of health and disease, human psychology and the social environment.
SAFETY TO create the right environment to heal and grow.
COMPASSION to care for others as well as to practise self-care.
WORKING TRAUMA INFORMED A Yoga Therapist is trained to recognise the need for trauma informed practices and referral for the clients.
WHAT ARE THE YOGA THERAPY APPLICATIONS?
Chronic pain, including low-back pain, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other types of pain such as that associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Mental health, including concerns like anxiety, mild depression, trauma and PTSD, insomnia, and others
Neurological issues and complications of stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease
Support for illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
Peri-natal Yoga (Pregnancy, post-partum recovery)
Overall well-being (you don’t need to be sick or in pain for yoga therapy to have value!) and healthy aging
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING A YOGA THERAPY SESSION ?
Having the possibility to talk about your physical, mental and spiritual needs
Practicing movement combined with breathing with exercises according to your possibilities
Working on deep relaxation and most of the times we will end the session with a guided meditation in a very confortable position
You will receive on-going support and a personal follow up
THE POWER OF RELAXATION
Core part of Yoga therapy is the practice of restorative yoga as a powerful tool to decrease stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Restorative yoga is the use of props to support the body in positions of comfort and ease to facilitate relaxation and health.
By practicing, we use the natural systems of the body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for digestion, elimination, fertility, immunity, hormone regulation, and so much more.