What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is an emerging field of yoga, seeking to distinguish itself from the fitness world of yoga and become a recognized therapeutic practice in the same way that occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy (and many others) are.  

In effect, it’s about yoga going back to it’s root of being a healing art form.

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Essentially all of my group and private classes are rooted in the therapeutic aspects of yoga.

One of the beauties of the yoga practice is that the only requirement for it to work is that you have a mind and a body and you can breath!

Research shows that Yoga Therapy is highly effective for individuals with chronic and common conditions such as PTSD, chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, IBS, depression, anxiety, as well as stroke and cancer survivors.

Nearly all chronic health conditions benefit from this ancient mind body practice coupled with our new understanding of the scientific and anecdotal evidence available.

What can Yoga Therapy offer me personally?

Often a main ingredient fueling the majority of these conditions is stress. Mindfully moving the body, developing a fuller breath, and making healthy lifestyle choices all lead to a calmer nervous system thereby reducing the effects of stress on all of the major systems of our body.

Once our nervous system is calmed, our body and mind are able to work optimally and reach our fullest potential for health and well-being.

Yoga therapy is… “the use of the techniques of Yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.” Judith Hanson Lasater

What can I expect during a lesson?

A Yoga Therapy session can look very different depending upon your individual needs and challenges. After your initial consultation you will receive specific breath, movement, and meditation exercises to begin practicing regularly.  

After each lesson you will walk away with a better understanding and relationship to your whole self…body, mind, and spirit.

Schedule a personalized private, duet, or small group class

Although I had practiced yoga for years before first meeting Jennifer, I was entirely
self-taught, except for yoga videos. I’m sixty-nine years old, male, fairly strong and
athletic, but plagued with stiffness and injury prone areas. I’m also shy and would
be unable to attend a yoga class without mortification. However, my private classes
with Jennifer have been wonderful experiences. She’s professional, but friendly,
extremely knowledgeable and made me feel relaxed from the very first minute. She
has helped me with refining and improving my practice, and also with modifications
to cope with my particular quirks. And I am so much more in tune with my body. A
class with Jennifer, for me, is a piece of heaven.

– Ronald