Yoga therapy is not like a normal yoga class
What makes yoga therapy different?
There are many different styles of yoga in the market today, which can make it confusing. So, what is yoga therapy and is it right for you?
Firstly, yoga therapy is not a ‘style’ of yoga, it is a healing modality based on an ancient medical science. Most yoga classes today focus on fitness, stretching, and getting a good workout, as well as large class sizes. While this can be an effective way to improve individuals as a collective, there is a better way.
The yoga therapy way
Yoga therapy focuses on healing and delivers a more concentrated approach. This is because all yoga therapy sessions involve a holistic health assessment and a personal program for each individual. Which means fitness and flexibility can be just two of the many potential benefits.
Usually yoga therapy sessions are offered one on one. However, it is often offered to small groups of people experiencing a similar health issue. For example, cancer recovery, lower back pain, Parkinson’s disease etc.
Yoga therapy vs western medicine
Although yoga therapy and western medicine approach health care in different ways, there can be a need for both.
The techniques used by yoga therapy are all natural, so they are complementary to western medicine. As such, yoga therapy is often integrated with other health programs.
Being holistic, yoga therapy considers the whole person and how they live their life as well as their attitudes, beliefs, behaviours etc. So, yoga therapy can be an excellent choice because it emphasises the connection between body, mind and spirit. Which means, even if you are unable to move or have a disability yoga therapy can help.
The Yogagrin ® approach to yoga therapy
My approach is to offer you guidance and support by connecting with you and building a strong working relationship. I’m interested in hearing your story because I want to know what it’s like to walk in your shoes.
Consultations are currently online so it doesn’t matter where you are located. You can connect with me from anywhere, including the comfort of your own home or office. My goal is to empower you to manage your own health and well-being well into the future. So, to do that I have developed the following approach:
I offer a free, no obligation 20 minute consultation. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get to know me before you spend any money! Plus, you will find out if your health issues fall within my scope of practice. If they don’t, I will do my best to refer you onto someone else who can help you. This approach will ensure your best interests are always at the forefront of my mind and in any recommendation I make.
Yoga therapy initial intake
The very first yoga therapy session is known as the ‘initial intake’, which takes between 90 to 120-minutes. This is an essential step because there is no one size fits all solution. Even if you present with the same health issues as someone else, your situation will be unique. So you will require a personal program tailored exclusively for you.
I will be curious to know what your life is like right now compared to what it was like before. This information helps to uncover the root cause of any health issues and aid your recovery. Plus it helps to determine the type of program you will need. Therefore, as part of this process I will work with you to:
- Choose an appropriate therapeutic goal
- Design a personal program to help you achieve your therapeutic goal
- Ensure you are comfortable and confident with your personal program before your session ends
You are a unique and wonderful spirit living a human existence. So, your personal program will be tailored exclusively to meet your therapeutic goal. It may include one or more of the following:
- Asana (poses)
- Somatic exercises
- Pranayama (special breathing exercises)
- Relaxation or meditation techniques
- Dietary tips
- Lifestyle changes
- Other tips and techniques
Follow up sessions
Follow up sessions are to help you stay on track.
During a follow up session, you have the opportunity to tell me what is working or not working for you. Which means, your personal program can be adjusted to suit your changing needs as you approach your goal.
Assessment is an ongoing and crucial component of all Yogagrin ® sessions. But there is no need to worry because this is not a test or an exam. Rather, assessment is a tool used to uncover the root cause of any health issues. It also helps me monitor and manage your personal program. So, some of the things I consider as part of an assessment include your:
- Uniqueness and personal needs
- Personal constitution
- Medical history and current health condition
- Background and lifestyle
- Beliefs and attitudes
- Work and family commitments, and more
Ongoing mentoring and support
You will be amazed at how quickly you become empowered to manage your own health and well-being. But, if you ever have any questions in future you will still be able to contact me because I really care about your well-being.