What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is individualized, integrative, and client-centered care that empowers self-healing through yoga's applications and tools to reduce suffering, increase ease, and develop resilience. Yoga's applications and tools instill body and mind practices that cultivate eudaemonia. All you need is a willingness to be open to what your body tells you, maintain an open dialogue with me, and allow transformation to occur naturally.
As a yoga therapist, I work to bridge the gap between biomedical and integrative healthcare. I look at the whole person, listen to what is happening, and then curate a practice to address needs and concerns on a mental, physical, energetic, and subtle body level. I can collaborate with your current medical team or recommend new team members, to ensure a whole-person healing approach is in place. I specialize in injury management, chronic pain, and functional movement. If there is an aspect best suited for a specialist, I will refer you and collaborate when appropriate. Most importantly, I work with you, empower you, and enhance your ability to be an active leader in your path to well-being.
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Before we meet, I will send you some paperwork to fill out that will allow me to begin to formulate a plan of care for you. Our first meeting is an intake and assessment appointment that lasts 60-90 minutes. We start with a dialogue about your needs and goals. I then conduct a musculoskeletal assessment, which informs your plan of care. Next, I introduce you to yoga techniques such as asana, pranayama, and meditation. You will leave our first session with at least one yogic technique to begin to practice on your own, along with supporting material such as a handout or recording.
We will then schedule follow-up sessions to cultivate a program that enables you to establish a level of connection with your body that facilitates a deep understanding of how to create balance and ease, meet your goals and needs, and improve your well-being. Subsequent sessions alter and hone your practice to support you as you progress. E-mail support is available between sessions. My implementation of yoga in this fashion ensures you an individualized healthy, safe, and rewarding approach.
Pranayama: breath alteration to influence and regulate the autonomic nervous system
Asana: postures to strengthen, lengthen, or release muscles
Meditation: integrate and process information in a healthy and helpful mannor
Mindfulness: cultivating awareness through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally
Interoceptive Awareness: the ability to identify, access, understand, and respond appropriately to internal stimuli
Myofascial Release: applied pressure to the fascia and connective tissue to release tension
Neural Gliding: a movement that gently stretches irritated nerves to improve movement and reduce pain
Isometrics: the engagement of muscles without lengthening or shortening the muscle to create stability
Somatics: re-educating the way the brain senses and moves the muscles correcting maladaptive muscular action/inaction
Emotional Freedom Technique: the use of tapping on 9 specific meridian points to release to reduce stress by lowering cortisol
Sprint Journaling: unconscious cognitive release