What Is Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the adaptation and application of the tools of yoga to create a practice which serves an individual’s unique health conditions.  It’s about selecting the right tools for each person.

The Tools of Yoga Include

  • Postures – To address the body’s structural condition
  • Breath – To affect the nervous system, unplug from “fight-or-flight”, and cultivate calm or active energy, depending on your needs
  • Relaxation – To access the body’s natural healing abilities
  • Meditation – To develop a calmer, more objective outlook, which enhances immunity and longevity
  • Mantra/Chanting – To promote profound connection to your natural wisdom and higher purpose
  • Lifestyle Habits – To identify how our choices affect our health

 

How Can Yoga Therapy Help Me?

  • Structural conditions – such as back, hip, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more …
  • Physiological conditions – such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, osteoporosis, IBS/IBD, constipation, incontinence, and many more…
  • Emotional conditions – such as anxiety, depression, panic, stress management
  • Integrating deeper self-reflection into daily life – through techniques like pranayama (breath practice), relaxation, meditation, sound, and personal ritual

 

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THERAPY SESSION

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FEES
$150 for the initial session, which includes
  •  Review of your health history
  • Assessment of current condition
  •  Development, documentation, and instruction of personalized practice
$100 for follow up sessions, which include review and refinement of practice, and ongoing plan.
Sessions are held at Sanare Center for Integrative Medicine, 35 Olcott Square. Bernardsville, NJ, 07924, or in your home or office. Phone consultations between sessions $35/30 minutes

In contrast to yoga teaching in general, where teachers focus on conveying yoga methods and practices, yoga therapists fundamentally focus on the client’s needs.

Their job is to understand why their client has come to see them and to determine what they can do to support them. After an appropriate intake and assessment, yoga therapists will often focus on the specific symptoms, for example, pain management, fatigue or sleeplessness.

The therapist’s job is less about teaching yoga techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain their independence. Hence, the job of the therapist represents a different focus and requires a different education.

[From “The Distinction Between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session” by Gary Kraftsow, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, No. 24 (2014).]