The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines Yoga Therapy as "The process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga."
There are times in life when we feel disconnected from our body. We could be dealing with pain, injury, illness, or a lifestyle issue, and might have lost the sense of health and well-being that adds so much to our everyday life. This impacts the quality of time that we spend with those we love and our ability to enjoy life.
As a Yoga Therapist, my primary skill is to help you find connection back to your body. It is a collaborative process and together we will work to help you reclaim your health and well-being and to identify the issues that have been holding you back.
Yoga Therapy is empowering. You learn how to listen to your body and the signals it sends you. Healing does not come from 'pushing through' but from noticing how you are feeling and where you need support. The aim is to give you the techniques to help you maintain the progress we make in our sessions over the longer term.
Our sessions will include investigating movement and holding patterns that might be contributing to how you feel. We will use tools such as yoga poses, functional movement, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.
Yoga Therapy can be preventative. It can help us to manage illness and pain, it can help in recovery or be a general boost to health and well-being. It takes a holistic approach and helps us improve our self awareness. Yoga Therapy can help on its own, or complement any other treatments you might be having.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, back pain, sports injuries, SI issues, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, menopause, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, shoulder injuries, frozen shoulder, hyper-kyphosis, hyper-mobility, and scoliosis.
To get the best results from Yoga therapy, I recommend having a series of sessions. This allows us to help address the immediate issues on which you would like to work, and to gain an understanding of what has contributed to them. This approach gives you the opportunity to break out of the 'fix it' cycle and to learn how to prevent the problem returning in the future.
I can work with you in-person or on Zoom. I will provide you with notes from each session and ideas for home practice to support the work we do in the session. I can also give you a recording of any exercises that we covered.
I offer a free initial consultation to discuss Yoga Therapy and how it can help you. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know more about me and my approach.