Private Yoga Therapy
"Yoga seeks to enhance our strengths and root out the unhealthy thought patterns that are at the foundation of stress and suffering. Ultimately, we discover what it is to be balanced in our own unique way. We will most likely always have challenges before us, and Yoga gives us the tools to not only face such difficulties, but come through them having gained valuable lessons, greater Self awareness, peace, and excitement about our purpose in life." ~ Julie Rost, YogaLife Institute
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy rests on a "preventative health care" model. Under this model the "patient" is a client, who is actually a student of health. Yoga therapy views all aspects of life as having the potential to be healing and inspirational. Predominant modes of exploration include:
• Yogic physical well-being via energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being
• Mindset that while we may not be able to control health, we can overcome suffering from our situations
• Self-reliance in caring for your own well-being comes through physical, relational, psychologically, and spiritual aspects
Stress Management as a Means to Improved Health and Vitality
One's approach to life itself can greatly increase or decrease the stress response. Stress has proven to be the prime instigator of many health conditions, and by decreasing one's response to stress, the nervous system function and overall bodily health improve drastically on their own. Stress is all too common in the modern lifestyle, but stress comes in many forms:
• Over-stimulation from computer-based technology stresses the nervous system
• Not accepting minor irritations (traffic, for example) stresses the emotions
• Poor nutrition; fast food stresses the body energetically
• Sedentary lifestyle stresses the physical body
• Confusion or loss of purpose to your life stresses the spirit
Yoga Therapy as Lifestyle Education
To ensure the effectiveness of therapeutic Yoga practices, stress in all its forms needs to be continually monitored, managed and ultimately decreased. No amount of good living can counteract overbearing levels of stressful life choices. Yoga approaches life through developing and building upon positive thoughts, choices, and behaviors.
What to Expect in a Yoga Therapy Session
The initial sessions will be information gathering and intention setting to build rapport and have a direction for growth.
Subsequent sessions may be practice oriented to confer experience while others may be more coaching sessions to encourage practice. It is important to know that the approach is custom-fit to the client. Typically six to eight sessions constitute the beginning program; with sessions scheduled at one to two week intervals at the onset.
Some clients learn how to integrate what is being learned in these sessions into regular weekly yoga classes. Others may develop a personal home practice. Some may utilize both weekly classes and a home practice.
A session may include various methods to help inspire insight. Conversation and discussion, journaling, guided reflection and assessments are tools that may be implemented. Depending upon a clients needs and goal, physical yoga positions may be experienced and taught in the session as well as may be taught to be practiced at home. Relaxation, Breathing exercises and Mediation may also be guided experientially in the session as well as may also be taught to be used at home. Homework in the form of practices and exercises may be suggested between sessions.
Conditions Supported by Yoga Therapy Practices
• Pain Management and Injuries
• Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders
• Weight Loss
• Eating Disorders
• Digestive Disorders
• Energy Imbalances
• Asthma and Other Respiratory Ailments
• Heart Disease
• Concentration & Productivity
• Stress Management
• Depression, Anxiety Support
• Relationship Difficulties
• Grief & Loss
• Cancer (Acceptance)
• Addiction & Recovery
• Phobic reactions
• Body image issues
• Trauma/Post-traumatic stress
• Spiritual crisis
• Lack of focus
• Lack of direction
• Lack of effective coping skills
Each session is $90 and will take approximately 75 minutes. (Blocks of 4 sessions can be purchased for $340)