What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), yoga therapy is “the professional application of the principles of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personal assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups”.
A Yoga Therapist has a minimum of 1000 hours of training, and usually much more, to help assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific needs and goals while also considering any limitations you might be experiencing.
Why Yoga Therapy?
“The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being” – (yogatherapy.health)
Although all yoga is potentially both healing and therapeutic, a yoga therapist has a vast toolkit at their fingertips, some of which include yoga postures, movement, exercises, breathwork, meditation, visualization, deep relaxation, mudras (energetic hand gestures), sound or chanting, affirmations, and so
on. These tools and techniques address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. You and your yoga therapist will work together using a few or many of these tools to determine which practices are a best fit for your own goals and real-life circumstances. This becomes a treatment plan which may
change over time as your needs and goals are satisfied.
How does Yoga Therapy work?
Before the initial meeting, you will be sent an intake questionnaire to fill out. Then, during the first session, you and the yoga therapist will go over the form together. There may be some observation of you doing physical movement, such as posture, gait, and range of motion movements. This can help to determine physical imbalances in the body and aid in the creation of the treatment plan.
Yoga therapy supports you in pursuing whole-person wellbeing through the use of customized practices to be done both in session and between sessions. These practices help you to move towards your goals for yoga therapy. The work is collaborative, and you are empowered with your own self-healing.
A Yoga Therapist is Not . . .
A yoga therapist is not a medical doctor, physical or occupational therapist, nor are they mental health professionals, although some do hold these degrees as well. A yoga therapist cannot diagnose or prescribe. A yoga therapist works within their scope of practice, which is using the tools of yoga to manage pain and increase health and wellbeing. A yoga therapist is a good listener, holds space, and creates a safe container for their client.
Who can Benefit from Yoga Therapy?
The answer is anyone! Because the work is collaborative rather than prescriptive, you are empowered to oversee your own health and well-being. Yoga therapy can help with many conditions:
Chronic pain, such as low back pain, arthritis, PMS, fibromyalgia, etc.
Neurologic issues, such as the effects of stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, TBI
Mental health, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia
Illness support, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
Healthy aging, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, and balance and fall prevention
Stress and increasing health and well-being
15 minute Consultation
This free 15 minute consult will help you get to know your Yoga Therapist before you commit to a priced session.
About Your Yoga Therapist
Karen Plumley believes that yoga is for every body and works to make it accessible to all, especially those who may be recovering from injury or who are living with chronic conditions. Karen is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, having completed over 1000 hours of yoga therapy study.
90 minute - Intake & Assessment
Get started with this required intake and assessment. Work together to begin to create your individualized Yoga Therapy plan!
3 pack (60 minutes)
$300 ($100 each)
Commit to healing and growth with a 3-pack of 60 minute sessions. These continuous sessions will help you create a more in depth Yoga Therapy plan.
60 minute - Yoga Therapy Session
Apply your Yoga Therapy plan in an additional session. Add to or modify your plan based on your feedback from your intake & assessment.
Schedule your free consultation or 90-minute intake now!