International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) defines Yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.”

 

 

Who is Yoga therapy for

  • Anyone wanting to improve their health and well-being through Yoga

  • Anyone struggling with chronic or longstanding issues, dis-ease or imbalance

  • Anyone willing to work progressively on these challenges using Yogic tools

  • Anyone seeking to use integrative modalities to reduce symptoms or treat dis-ease

 

What Yoga therapy can do for You

  • In extreme cases, reduce severity of symptoms through self-regulating practices

  • In chronic cases, reduce severity of, or treat, the dis-ease

  • retrain the body, emotions or mind with the tools of Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation

  • replace maladaptive patterns with new life affirming habits for personal growth and transformation

  • rediscover physical health, emotional resiliency and mental clarity through personalized Yoga practice, accommodated to your present needs

What I specialize in

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Burnout

  • Low self-esteem

  • Trauma

  • Bipolar

  • Chronic pain; back, neck, shoulder, etc.

  • Postural/musculoskeletal imbalances

  • Digestive and skin imbalance

  • Weight issues

  • Allergies

  • Autoimmune dis-ease

 

What can You expect during a one-on-one Yoga therapy session

  • A thorough 90-minute intake, inquiring into your medical history, physical, energetic and psychological needs

  • Analysis of breath, posture and habits

  • Specific Yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation to release and replace maladaptive patterns

  • An Ayurvedic diet and daily habits may be advised

  • Homework adapted to your needs, abilities, priorities and resources

A Yoga therapist works with the whole of being. We work with the physical, energetic, psychological, soulful and spiritual aspects that all contribute to a sense of wellbeing. Any aspects that are undernourished, overloaded or overfed, will be brought back into balance.

In a session, we use Yogic practices, mindfulness, meditation and relaxation, based on Ayurvedic principles, to address physical dis-ease, emotional and psychological unease, and spiritual needs.

In these one on one sessions we have the opportunity to discover the underlying cause of imbalance to the whole being.  Addressing the issue at its root. These private settings can be quite intense and confronting, but this allows us to make deep changes.

Yoga therapy is done with a minimum of 6 sessions, to actually see results.

Before an intake a application form will be sent to You, to see if I can help You.

I hope to hear from You soon,

So we can bring back the radiance of the Self in your life!

Namaste, Shira.

The Philosophy behind Therapeutic Yoga

So, what is Yoga therapy?! You might ask.

Or, how is it different from other therapies?

To understand Yoga therapy is to understand the interconnectedness of our being.

 

Yogic philosophy sees all parts as connected, each part affecting the whole.

Yet to heal the whole, we need to look at all parts.

These parts are not just the organs, limbs, and interconnected systems of the physiological body,

but also, the emotions, mind and soul, which are the subtler limbs of being.

To heal the limbs, we need to understand the function, ability and state

 of each part, and the present desire of the individual for the whole being.

So how is it different from Yoga, isn’t all Yoga therapeutic?

Well, yes, and no. For Yoga to be therapeutic it depends on many factors.

Yoga practiced with knowledge of the physiological and psychological factors predominant, out of balance and essential to You, determine what sort of practices will most benefit You presently.

So, we address all these elements with personalised practices.

From here we create a specific plan that sets up, both practitioner and client, for success.

Yoga therapy improves health and enhances well-being by encouraging balance of the body, mind and soul. It specifically addressing physical, emotional or mental imbalances, using Ayurvedic principles, Yogic philosophy and the understanding that we experience, perceive, feel and live, in many different levels or bodies, Koshas.

The different bodies are physical, energetic, mental, intelligent and causal. All these bodies are acknowledged, integrated and engaged in therapy to bring back balance in the body-mind-soul complex, thereby empowering an individual.

These private settings can be quiet intense and confronting, but this also provides us with a fertile ground to actually make deeper changes. The changes often transform maladaptive patterns, or old negative habits that were once an adaption of survival, into the soil needed for a life and lifestyle that are  affirming and revitalising for what we need in our new stage in life.

Yoga therapy uses Yogic practices, such as physical forms, breath techniques and meditation according to Ayurvedic principles, to address physical imbalances and emotional un-ease. For psychological patterns that are no longer serving us, Yoga therapy relies on Ayurvedic psychology and Yoga’s philosophy, to engage in life with purpose and rediscover our sense of connection, belonging and meaning.

Yoga and Ayurveda look at each individual as a whole, complete and unique being. A being that experiences and expresses its sense of self uniquely different from each other being.  Therefore any treatment is specific to that individuals needs, their life goals, age, place of living and abilities. 

In Yoga therapy, together we seek to discover the underlying cause of the imbalance. Once we know what it is, we know where to begin to bring balance back, step by step, using the practices of Yoga, mindfulness and natural living. We address the issue at its root cause rather than the superficial set of symptoms.

Usually we discover the imbalance is actually our soul’s longing for a sense of wholeness, leading us to the personal development, individuation, and understanding of self, we unconsciously long for.