(Photo: Lois Greenfield)
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is an evidence-based practice that helps you overcome your health challenges and allows you to take an active role in designing your health.
Yoga Therapy is derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health. It refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges, at any level, manage their conditions.
Yoga Therapists use practices, tools, and daily rituals that may include postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation, gestures, sounds, mindfulness practices, lifestyle recommendations, and education.
An ancient science that has stood the test of time, Yoga Therapy is an evidence-based, integrative approach to health care, with professionals who are actively engaged in Western-style restearch, including some of the first NIH studies on low-back pain and stress.
The distinction between Yoga Therapy and yoga classes or teaching:
— In Yoga Therapy we assess a client’s needs.
— Yoga Therapists look for ways to help people reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function and help with their attitude in relation to their health conditions.
— In Yoga Therapy we establish appropriate goals.
— We develop a practice intervention.
— Yoga Therapists teach a client how to practice the intervention.
— A Yoga Therapist assesses, adjusts, and refines, to help the client as needed.
Yoga Therapy with BijaB
Bija is now offering Yoga Therapy programs to individuals and groups, in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. She is currently a student of the Viniyoga Therapy Training with Gary Kraftsow, a two-year, 500-hour national certification program endorsed by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Bija is also a certified Viniyoga Teacher with the American Viniyoga Institute.