Gwen Yeager is a C-IAYT yoga therapist, certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In an integrated relationship with her therapeutic client’s medical healthcare partners, Gwen works with students to care for their specific needs, creating individualized practices tailored to improve their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

Integrative medicine addresses the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental factors that affect a person’s health. It looks at the whole person, taking into consideration an individual person’s special needs and conditions and the the circumstances of their lives, using interventions from conventional and evidence-based alternative therapies to heal illness and disease, manage conditions, and help people regain and maintain optimum health. Integrative medicine focuses on health, rather than solely on treatment of disease, and patients are empowered partners in their care. Examples of common complementary integrative practices include acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, massage therapy, music therapy, meditation and yoga.

Integrative medicine and yoga therapy can help people experiencing:

  • Cancer

  • Chronic pain

  • Fatigue

  • Hypertension

  • Insomnia

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Many other conditions

Yoga therapy helps people better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life by reducing fatigue, pain, depression, anxiety and unpleasant symptoms.

Different from studio or gym yoga teachers, yoga therapists are highly qualified yoga professionals with 1000 hours or more of training, and they are specifically trained to work with individuals working through various health concerns—everything from mental challenges like depression & anxiety to chronic pain, cancer, sleep challenges and cardiovascular disease. You can find yoga therapists at yoga studios, but more often you will find them working in private practice as well as in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, on army bases, prisons and schools. 

Many major U.S. hospitals have an Integrated Medicine department, including Cedars-Sinai in LA, the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. Recently, the Department of Defense officially recognized yoga as an alternative therapy for treatment of chronic pain, PTSD and post-concussive symptoms like fatigue.