The Who Whats of Yoga Therapy

Anytime I mention Yoga Therapy the response, whether in words or facial expressions, is, “What the heck is Yoga Therapy?” I know. I get it. For the last year, I’ve been trying to figure out how to explain it succinctly. I have not been successful. So I’m trying a different approach: long form.

If you still have questions, rest assured you aren’t alone. Schedule a free 20 minute consultation with me and we can continue the discussion.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a practice for healing physical pain and discomfort. I teach my clients to become aware of how their physical body moves and feels, as well as to the connection between their mind and body. Through this awareness, my clients discover how to move and live in ways that lead to the reduction of pain. It’s a therapy, not a fitness program.

Who is Yoga Therapy for?

  • Yoga Therapy is for anyone experiencing physical pain.
  • Group yoga classes are wonderful, but they aren’t appropriate for everyone. Yoga therapy is a great alternative.
  • No yoga experience required
  • No fitness, flexibility or mobility requirements
  • All genders, adult ages, body shapes and sizes are welcome

Why practice Yoga Therapy?

  • Practice Yoga Therapy to get out of pain and get back to living the life you love.
  • Learn how to discern what movements work and don’t work for you.
  • Learn how to notice and manage sensations before they turn into pain.

How does Yoga Therapy work?

Yoga Therapy utilizes the tools of yoga – breath, movement and meditation. With new clients, I typically start with simple, supported movements. Over time we increase complexity, add load and, when appropriate, incorporate traditional yoga postures.

I pay close attention to my client and to any compensations in their movement. We all have them! Arching the back when trying to move the arm bone in the shoulder joint, clenching the jaw and holding the breath are examples of compensations.

I guide my client’s awareness toward their compensations through questions and non-judgmental conversation. It’s a very interactive, collaborative and empowering process.

Once aware, I work with my client to quiet their compensations and teach them to move within a range of ease. This process actually creates new neural pathways that enable more efficient movement and the reduction of pain.

Where can I practice Yoga Therapy?

I see private Yoga Therapy clients over Zoom or in person in South Arvada, Colorado.

When can I practice Yoga Therapy?

This is a great question we should discuss during your free 20 minute consultation.

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