WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?
The practice of yoga is ultimately a healing modality. We use postures, breathing exercises, and awareness tools to guide the body, mind and spirit into a place of balance and optimal wellness. However, there is a difference between taking a group yoga class and seeing a yoga therapist in a small group, or one on one.
If you’re working with a physical injury, like a torn rotator cuff muscle, or dealing with depression or anxiety, then a public class may not be the best setting to get the guidance that you need to fully heal. This is not to say that public classes can’t be helpful. However, if you want a tailored practice to suit your needs, then yoga therapy would be a better choice. Yoga therapy specifically addresses your personal needs.
MY TRAINING IN YOGA THERAPY
I began my work in yoga therapy helping those who dealt with disordered eating behaviors, in 2007. In 2010 I traveled to Southern India to study under Swami Tureyananda, where I dove into classical yoga therapy. Swamiji has been researching yoga therapy at the Chennai University for many, many years and has dedicated his life to this system of healing. He is one of the founders of the European Yoga Therapy Federation, of which I serve as a board member. I completed my yoga therapy certification, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, with local practitioner Sarahjoy Marsh.
I’ve been practicing the therapeutics of yoga for eight years and focusing on yoga psychology, specifically disordered eating, and addiction recovery as well as physical rehabilitation from injuries and imbalances.
WHAT DOES A YOGA THERAPY SESSION LOOK LIKE?
A yoga therapy session focused on the physical body begins with an intake of the symptoms the student is experiencing and goals they wish to attain, an assessment of strength, stability, and mobility of different muscle groups using specific exercises, and homework of a practice that’s usually about 20 minutes. The student receives a detailed write up of the session and homework.
A session which addresses the mental/emotional body will start with a discussion of main areas of concern and goals, and then progress to the teaching of specific techniques to transform patterns of thought and behavior. We may use movement, breath and awareness tools to uncover underlying beliefs which have hindered healing. These sessions also include some homework and a detailed write up.
Contact me for your first session!!
emilylightyoga [at] gmail [dot] com