What is Yoga Therapy?
The practice of yoga offers potential health benefits for both the mind and body. But what exactly is "yoga therapy?" And how can this ancient practice of physical movement, breathing and meditation help you feel more relaxed, grounded and at ease?
"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
Q: What is the difference between a yoga therapy session and a yoga class?
A: Both offer instruction in yoga techniques, but a yoga therapy session:
Is led by a yoga therapist
Begins with an individual assessment of your wellness needs and goals
Is tailored to you
Includes a home plan of care
Q: Can yoga therapy help with anxiety and stress?
A: Yes. Yoga therapy uses yogic tools such as breathing exercises and meditation to help balance your nervous system and help reduce feelings associated with stress and anxiety.
Q: I have a very unique health condition. Can yoga therapy help me?
A. Yes. Each yoga therapy session begins with a health intake and assessment so your yoga therapist understands your unique health condition. In addition, with your permission, your yoga therapist can work with your healthcare professionals to support your current plan of care.
Q: What is a “yoga therapist”?
A: A yoga therapist is a yoga instructor who has taken extensive additional training in psychology, biomedicine, yoga tool adaptation methods, in-depth anatomy, and pathophysiology, and has completed extensive clinical practicum.
Q: What is a “certified" yoga therapist?
A: Yoga therapists who have completed at least 800 hours of training in an accredited program are reviewed by and accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Once a yoga therapist completes training and is certified, they can identify as a "certified" yoga therapist or C-IAYT. To maintain certification, certified yoga therapists must complete continuing education requirements and abide by the ethical guidelines and rigorous standards established by the IAYT.
Q: Has there been any research conducted to find out if yoga therapy is effective?
A: There have been many research studies conducted to explore the effectiveness of yoga therapy for various conditions. To find out more about a condition that affects you, check out the website research page.
Q: Can yoga therapists bill insurance companies?
A: Not currently. However, you can check with your employer to see if your flexible health spending accounts can be used for yoga therapy.