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What exactly is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

~International Association of Yoga Therapists, IAYT

Under Stress?

Can't predict what you will feel like or be able to do from day to day?

This is what yoga calls "suffering." Suffering is anything that causes you mental, physical, emotional or spiritual stress. A yoga therapist's job is to help relieve your suffering.

Western science recognizes that more than 95% of physiological and psycholocial diseases are either caused by or exacerbated by stress. These days we are under an immense amount of stress. Yoga therapy is a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to wellness that is extremely effective at calming the nervous sytem, preventing and sometimes reversing the damaging effects of stress.

There is a common misconception that yoga is simply about stretching. A yoga therapist, however, works with clients one-on-one to assess their physical, mental and emotional needs. In addition to postures, breathing techniques and ways to focus the mind, yoga therapy includes yogic views on nutrition, sleep hygiene, and emotional and spiritual health. Reparing relationships and how to bring meaning to one's life are all under the yoga therapy umbrella. A yoga therapist is also trained to be able to communicate with health practitioners and to read and intepret medical records and reports. A yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) will have at least 1000 hours of yoga training.

Yoga therapy has been shown in scientific studies to be beneficial for numerous health conditions. See research in yoga therapy. Simone Palmieri, C-IAYT, is an expert in applying yoga therapy to conditions that involve physical or emotional pain, limited mobility and limited stamina. Some of the conditions she has been trained to manage with yoga therapy include the following: