Designed specifically for people who experience chronic pain, therapeutic yoga uses short-range, isometric exercises and yoga stretches to help alleviate pain. One-on-one yoga therapy sessions allow for personalization and modification to address each individual’s unique concerns – something that is not possible in standard group yoga classes.
All sessions are 60-minute sessions.
How can therapeutic yoga help me?
What is yoga therapy? “Yoga Therapy adapts the practice of yoga to the needs of people with persistent specific, not usually addressed in a group class.” –Larry Payne, Ph. D. Samata Yoga Center
Is yoga therapy for me?
Yoga therapy is great for the following:
- Recovering from an injury or surgery
- You are new to yoga
- You need modifications or progressions for yoga poses
- You don’t like group yoga classes
- Wanting to avoid future injuries
- Living in chronic pain, not acute pain or pain from an injury
Yoga Therapy is NOT for you if you have a “fresh” or new injury. Wait for the injury to heal then start a yoga practice tight away to prevent a recurring injury. We recommend that you wait until the inflammation has subsided, movement can be slow added in to your routine again to help stabilize and prevent future injuries from occurring. Generally, I encourage people to rest for 1 week after and injury although this greatly depends on the severity of the injury.
If you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy and have never tried yoga before, this is not recommended unless you are released from your doctor.
If you have had surgery, please wait until you are released from physical therapy before you start your yoga practice.
Yoga Can Help!!
Therapeutic yoga sessions can help you prepare for group yoga classes by equipping you with personalized pose modifications. For people with chronic pain, therapeutic yoga sessions can help address the following concerns:
- Pain and tension
- Muscle tone
- Blood pressure
- Balance and core strength
Benefits of therapeutic yoga
Yoga has been shown in studies to reduce stress, improve flexibility and much more, as this Harvard Health article highlights. The added benefit of yoga therapy is a safe and personalized approach to yoga that incorporates modifications designed specifically for you.