What is Yoga Therapy?
The yoga therapy model is unique because it assesses clients from a holistic perspective—physically, emotionally, energetically, intellectually, and spiritually, rather than considering each body part or system separately. A yoga therapist could be considered a lifestyle management expert or exercise and wellness specialist. Yoga therapy will complement other medical interventions and empower clients to reach specific goals and needs, despite limitations, to facilitate healing and optimizing well-being.
Yoga therapists have in-depth training on the teachings and philosophy of yoga to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions.
What is the difference between a yoga class and yoga therapy session?
In today’s world people are often intimidated by yoga because of advertisements showing impossible postures performed by a thin person in the hottest new yoga outfit. It’s unfortunate that this is the yoga that sells. Many people come to yoga for a power, hot, vinyasa, flow class so they can cram in as much calorie burning activity as quickly as possible. And while students report therapeutic benefits from these types of yoga classes, because of the inherent potential of yoga to provide healing, it is a common misconception that yoga is only about stretching and complicated movement.
Yoga therapy is tailored to the individual and offers something for all ages, body types, flexibilities, and experience. Yoga therapy can help individuals who are active as well as those who are immobile due to health conditions. You don’t have to know anything about yoga to begin seeing a yoga therapist.
Reasons you should consult with a yoga therapist today:
• Chronic Pain/Arthritis/Fibromyalgia
• Functional movement
• Post Traumatic Stress (PTS/PTSD)
• Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Digestive issues
• Grief and loss
• Cardiac issues
• Overcoming cancer and side effects of chemo
• Parkinson’s disease
• Scoliosis or other musculoskeletal issues
• Diagnosis of condition in which doctor recommends gentle yoga
• Major life transitions
• Want private yoga sessions/do not feel ready for a group yoga class
• Enjoy group classes, but are seeking some new ways of individualizing your
• Struggle with balance
• Improve your flexibility and/or strength
• Incorporate a self-care and/or a health and wellness routine into your life
• Experience fatigue, insomnia, sleeplessness, sleep disorders
What does an individual yoga therapy session look like?
Yoga therapists are trained to assess clients through listening, questioning, observing, and appropriately touching. After assessing clients, therapists establish appropriate goals and techniques, develop a practice, and then teach clients to practice on their own to achieve a personal goal.
- Pre-appointment assessment: Prior to the first appointment, you will receive a questionnaire that is aimed at getting you to start thinking about your habits, routines, concerns, and goals. This is all helpful information for the yoga therapist to come into your first face-to-face session with some additional questions and some ideas to try. If you are unsure of your goals, a therapist can help you come up with a goal!
- In person initial assessment: The initial assessment session typically lasts between 60-90 minutes. During the first appointment, the yoga therapist will cover the questionnaire with you, ask additional questions regarding daily routines, perform an observational assessment on how you breathe, walk, and sit, as well as clarify simple goals. Based on the session, the yoga therapist will likely have small changes/techniques to
try out together and ask you to practice until the next
- Follow-up session: The first follow-up session, and any subsequent appointments will last 60 minutes. During the follow-up appointment, you and the yoga therapist will discuss how the small assignment(s) went (any notes, likes, dislikes, etc). The yoga therapist will also practice additional ideas (physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation options) with you based on your goal(s).
Want to Schedule an individual Yoga Therapy Appointment?
Contact us here by calling 316-201-6047. We will consult with you on scheduling the yoga therapy that best fits your needs and schedule.
Yoga Therapy Investment
Initial Consult (90 min) Includes: Client intake, physical assessment, and personalized home treatment plan (approximately 1 hour 30 min initial appointment)
Private Yoga Therapy Session (60 min)
Includes: One on one sessions providing guidance with movement, breath, meditation, relaxation, and other yogic tools to support the clients’ intentions and goals for optimum health
Initial Consult plus 4 Yoga Sessions
Includes: Client Intake, Physical Assessments, Individual Home Treatment Plan & 4 yoga sessions (one hour each)