What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a vast field. For this posting, I’m offering quotes from very senior yoga therapists whose definitions reflect my views of the practice. See the Yoga Therapy section of my website for more info about yoga therapy.

Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. ~ Gary Kraftsow American Viniyoga Institute

Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment. ~ Marie Quail, Yoga Therapy and Training Center (Ireland)

Yoga therapy consists of the application of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others. ~ Art Brownstein, M.D

My Personal Experiences with Yoga Therapy

My journey to becoming a yoga therapist began during my years of yoga practice prior to becoming a teacher.

Personally, I am aware of the healing aspects of yoga (and its potentially injurious ones), and how yoga can connect you more deeply with yourself and others.

  • Years ago, yoga helped me to manage anxiety, be present in my body, and change unhealthy thought patterns, thereby helping me to cultivate a different relationship to myself and heal a long-time eating disorder. Over subsequent years…

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Tadasana (Mountain Pose): A Daily Practice

What better pose to write about for the first blog on my revamped website than Tadasana? Tadasana, also known as Mountain Pose, is our neutral standing posture, and it is the foundation for all standing yoga poses. 

On the surface, Tadasana might seem to be "simply" standing upright, but it’s hard to stand up straight in a way that sleeves and supports the wave-like curves of your spine in a healthy way. You need…

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