Yoga therapy can be used for healing from trauma, recovering from a physical ailment, or to help you show up as your most authentic self in life.
Here are 5 Reasons to Work with a Yoga Therapist
#1 Individualized: Personalized Attention
In this day and age of Teledoc and 5 minute doctor’s appointments, it’s a real pleasure to have an expert be completely attentive to you for a whole hour. Yoga Therapy appointments are generally an hour in length and you’ll have an expert Yoga Therapist’s full attention the entire time.
Moreover, Yoga Therapy approaches each individual as a unique case. So though your symptoms may be similar to someone else’s, their causes and manifestations are unique to you. Consequently, you’ll get a practice that is tailored to meet your individual needs and capacities.
#2 Active Participation: Guide Not Crutch
Yoga Therapy empowers you to participate in your own healing. Instead of being a passive recipient of medicine, (i.e.taking pills or deciding which procedure you’d like performed on you), Yoga Therapy gives you tools to be an active participant in the healing process. It is a very self empowering experience to actually be able to do something about how you feel!
#3 Holistic: Addresses the Entire System
Yoga Therapy’s understanding of how our human system functions is uniquely holistic. It addresses not only the body, but also the breath, mind, behavior and emotions. When we are sick or injured, aside from our body, many other parts of us are also affected, like our mood, attention and sleep, and more. Yoga Therapy has tools and techniques that address all of these dimensions, and in many cases, it does it with the same technique!
#4 Accessible: Cost Effective
A Yoga Therapist will create a Yoga routine designed specifically for you, and teach you how to do it. Then you do it at home daily. You will not need to buy anything. No additional tools, props, mat, etc. are necessary to do the therapeutic Yoga practice. Just you, your body, your breath and your attention, that’s all you need. Moreover, you won’t need to see the Yoga Therapist again for two to four weeks (frequency varies depending upon health challenge). If you take the cost of the Yoga Therapy session and divide it by the number of times you do your practice at home, it means the cost of each practice is almost always less than $5! You can’t easily find group classes for that little! Best of all, since you’re being empowered in your own healing, the business model is the exact opposite of going to the chiropractor for someone else to ‘adjust’ you.
#5 Inclusive: Anybody in Any Condition
Since Yoga Therapy individualizes the treatment protocol to each person and uses only the person herself as the tool, Yoga Therapy can be helpful in any health situation. Whether the health challenge is something trivial or extremely complex or palliative, Yoga Therapy has tools and techniques to help.
M.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Executive Director of the Yoga Well Institute, Chase has been studying Yoga, Sanskrit, eastern philosophy and religion for nearly 30 years. He had the opportunity to personally study with Mr. TKV Desikachar and serve as a teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.