Yoga Therapy


 

Yoga therapy is a way to address health concerns that are unique to you. Whether your challenges are structural, physiological, or emotional, there are yoga tools and lifestyle changes to improve your health and well being.

During your first visit we discuss your history and goals and explore options for movement, breathing, relaxation, or other useful techniques. I will provide you with a written practice for you to take home.

For most people I recommend a minimum of three visits, weekly or more frequently at first, then tapering off as your personal practice becomes more established. You may want occasional follow-up sessions later to adjust your practice as your body and your needs change.

The best thing about yoga therapy is its adaptability to any combination of needs a person has. Someone might have a long standing disc issue in the lower back, a recent injury in a knee, a fair amount of stress and some acid reflux. With the tools and models of yoga therapy I can provide a practice that respects these limitations while addressing the highest priority issue.

The take-home practices might take only 10-20 minutes a day. Finding the right tools is such a relief and a gift. I've experienced the benefits of yoga therapy on myself and seen the positive impact on others. (See the Testimonials page for stories on how Yoga Therapy has had a positive impact.) I also have enormous faith in this work because of strength of this lineage—from the great yogi Krishnamacharya, to his son T.K.V. Desikachar, to my teacher Gary Kraftsow.

For those of you who are research oriented there are more studies being published every day on the effectiveness of yoga interventions on health outcomes. If you go the the National Institutes of Health website and search PubMed for "yoga therapy" there are over 1900 entries. (Click here to see.) There are even more studies being done internationally.

Here are examples of some of the conditions we can work with (these are not complete lists). If you are under doctor's care we will stay within the safety guidelines your caregiver recommends.  

 

Structural Issues

  • low back pain
  • knee problems
  • hip pain
  • sacroiliac pain
  • sciatica
  • shoulder issues
  • disc herniations
  • excessive thoracic kyphosis
  • post-surgical recovery
  • arthritis

 

Physiological Issues

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • asthma
  • acid reflux
  • high blood pressure
  • constipation
  • sleep problems
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue
  • irritable bowel
  • Parkinson's
  • cancer
 

Psycho-emotional Issues

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger
  • addictions

To find out how to make an appointment see the Location page.