At Mind & Body, Therapeutic Connections, we offer yoga therapy as another avenue to treat mental, emotional, relational and physical concerns. Yoga therapy can be helpful to individuals with many different treatment needs, including but not limited to stress reduction, depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, autism, ADD/ADHD, and substance use disorders. It can also be used to treat physical health issues such as back pain, insomnia, chronic fatigue, heart conditions, hypertension, and side effects of medications. One can utilize yoga therapy in addition to psychotherapy, but you can access yoga therapy even if you are not receiving psychotherapy.
While all yoga has the potential to be healing and therapeutic, a yoga theraist has extensive training and experiential practice in the use of yoga to treat varied conditions.
Yoga therapy is personalized, individualized treatment through application of yoga tools such as postures, movement, breathwork, meditation techniques, visualization, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and more. Yoga therapy addresses an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs beginning with assessment, goal planning, treatment implementation, and lifestyle management. Yoga therapists have in-depth training to help them keep their clients safe even when addressing specific areas of discomfort or working with any limitations you might be experiencing.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists provides accreditation for yoga therapy training programs, certifies individual yoga therapists, and sets standards that ensure professional competence and ethics. It has identified yoga as a healing art and science since 1989, but yoga was originated in India where it has been used for health and wellness on many levels for thousands of years.