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What is Yoga Therapy?

You’d be forgiven for being confused by the term Yoga Therapy. Isn’t that simply a yoga teacher using yoga in a therapeutic manner? Shouldn’t all yoga be therapeutic anyway?

Well, yes and yes, but there’s a little more to it than that.

Yoga therapy is actually far more relative to the traditional practice of yoga, 5000 years ago, than what we know of yoga in Western society today. Whilst the most obvious difference is that you’re working individually with a client, it’s far from as simple as a one-on-one yoga class.

Yoga Therapy empowers and supports individuals to manage their own health using the principles of Yoga and applying a range of Yoga practices developed within a professional therapeutic relationship. ~ Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists

Yoga therapy involves the process of working with an individual, empowering them to manage their own health. It is through a holistic approach and the application of the practices and teachings of yoga that the individual progresses towards improved health & wellbeing.

In simple terms, yoga therapy guides you in deciding the best course of action in order for you to work towards improved health.

As a yoga therapist we work with you, and at times in collaboration with other health practitioners, offering the tools of yoga to provide support in whatever way you need.

Ill health and chronic injury are often compounded by multiple contributing factors and who knows this better than mums?! Not only do we deal with the physical challenges following pregnancy and childbirth, but we enter into an environment that is not particularly conducive to effective healing ~ disturbed sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and the list goes on.

Every mamas journey is different, as is her healing. Even if your circumstances were identical to that of another, your experience, reaction and effects may be vastly different. For this reason yoga therapy engages a holistic approach, treating the individual, the whole person, rather than the condition.

Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga. ~ International Association of Yoga Therapists

The tools and practices used in yoga therapy may include asana (postures), pranayama (breath awareness & techniques), guided meditation, relaxation, mudra (gestures), dietary and lifestyle advice, counselling and self-development guidance.

The practice of yoga therapy takes into account the individuals experiences, situation, emotional attachment, history and ever changing circumstances. There is no “one method fits all” approach.

Kate and I are both trained yoga therapists and teachers, pre & postnatal specialists, as well as busy mamas ourselves. We understand the challenges mums face and that every mamas journey and experience is unique and individual. Whilst we currently offer yoga therapy sessions face-to-face in our hometown of Melbourne, we are working towards create a model that is online and easily accessible to mamas across the globe. We will keep you posted and look forward to connecting with many more mamas in the wider community.

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