Yoga therapy is rooted in the ancient practice of yoga, which originated thousands of years ago in India. Whilst yoga has always been considered as therapeutic, yoga therapy emerged in a formal manner in the 1980s as the result of a study conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish. The study illustrated how the implementation of a healthy lifestyle program could reverse heart disease. Ornish’s program included therapeutic yoga and was the first of its kind to highlight the benefits of using yoga in this way. Since then yoga therapy has emerged as a growing field with a growing body of scientific evidence behind it to support its therapeutic benefits to treat existing mental and physical health issues and also as a self care strategy for prevention and maintenance. The practice has been shown to be very effective for depression, anxiety and trauma, with growing evidence for PTSD and other mental health issues. Because of its concentration on mind and body integration, yoga therapy is also used to address many physical health issues. It has been effectively used to treat back pain, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, and the side effects of chemotherapy.
I offer 1-2-1 yoga therapy sessions which have the ultimate goal of empowering you towards greater levels of wellness in a fully holistic and integrative way. Within a session, you would expect to practice a range of techniques that have been scientifically proven to foster wellness and ease within the mind and body (see below). After an appropriate intake and assessment, I work with individuals to identify specific symptoms and establish appropriate goals and methods for addressing their symptoms. Individuals will leave each session with a highly customized practice to apply regularly at home. Throughout this process, the student is encouraged to consult me regularly as questions and inquiries arise as well as provide feedback so that the practice can be refined, as needed. In this way, Yoga becomes a personal journey and the individual develops the skills to observe the subtle changes that occur in his or her own system and the tools to respond to them consciously and creatively. By developing a self practice the individual is empowered to take control of their own health and wellness.
For the body we use therapeutic postures (asana) that are adapted to fit your individual need. These will range from postures to develop strength, flexibility, balance, release tension and decrease pain. We also cover breathing practices (pranayama) that work to calm the nervous system, improve cardio vascular & respiratory function as well as reducing pain and relaxation.
For the mind we use a range of relaxation techniques that invite the individual to find a way to release tension, let go of anxiety and become more resilient to stress. By setting intentions and affirmations we start to explore the process of self enquiry and discovery. Using visualisations we can harness the power of the subconscious mind in order to release negative thought patterns and shift old habits. Guided meditations and yoga nidra are used to promote stillness and deep relaxation.