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"Yoga must always be adapted to an individual's changing needs in order to derive the maximum therapeutic benefit." ~ T Krishnamacharya

Gwen is a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her teaching and philosophies are most aligned with the following definitions of 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

Gwen works privately with a wide array of clients whose conditions have included anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, scoliosis, sports injuries, musculoskeletal disease, piriformis syndrome, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury, sacroiliac instability, pelvic floor weakness, prostate conditions, challenging symptoms of menopause, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disease, cancer in remission, ADD, abuse and trauma, asthma, and more.

In small group classes at in-patient facilities she has worked with victims of rape, abuse and neglect, and with individuals suffering from addiction. Gwen regularly works in partnership with medical professionals who are treating her students. She developed and teaches an Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Students, a 20-30 hour anatomy training for 200-hr yoga teacher trainings.

When choosing a yoga therapist, remember that the right yoga instructor may be educated, experienced and instrumental in helping you heal or manage chronic conditions, but yoga teachers are not clinicians and cannot diagnose problems unless they happen also to be a medical doctor, physical therapist or other qualified medical professional. Gwen is a believer in Integrated Medicine and is a devoted partner in her students’ care. When looking for a certified therapeutic yoga instructor, consider also that, like other professions, yoga teachers may have specialties and more training and experience in some areas than others. 

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For Gwen’s personal experiences with yoga therapy visit her blog HERE.

Ardha Apanasana on a block with Uddiyana Bandha

Ardha Apanasana on a block with Uddiyana Bandha

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