What is THERAPEUTIC YOGA? Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga -IAYT Definition Therapeutic Yoga is different then a Yoga Class In Therapeutic Yoga: 1. The client is not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition. The instruction focuses on the client’s condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice. 2. Yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs. Therapists asses the client and look for ways to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions. After assessing the client, therapists establish appropriate goals, develop a yoga practice intervention, and then teach the client to practice that intervention. 3. After the intake and assessment, therapists will often focus on their client’s specific symptoms and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms through yoga. Their role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence.
Kelli Bethel, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 see clients for 1:1 therapeutic yoga sessions as well as offer small group classes for stroke/TBI and Cancer