What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is a unique application of yoga in which the student, working with the teacher, is given a custom-designed practice to improve overall health and address specific conditions, illnesses, or diseases.
A practice may include exercises/postures, breathing, sound, gestures, visualization, guided self-inquiry, and meditation, and can be designed in an infinite number of combinations. The student's practice is non-invasive, progresses over time, and complements allopathic and alternative healing modalities.
I practice therapeutic yoga to alleviate discomforts brought on by regular weight and cardiovascular training. By the time I complete my daily practice, any aches I may have had in my lower back, neck or hips have completely disappeared. Quite often, the extra heart beats I occasionally experience also go away. This is, by far, the best method of dealing with these issues I have have ever experienced. Anita Claney is a superb teacher.
Robert L. Soares
What is the difference between yoga therapy and a yoga class?
- Yoga therapy is different. It offers you a personalized, daily yoga practice to do at home. The practice is efficient. The content and time it takes to do the practice is tailored to your lifestyle and how you are feeling when you begin yoga.
- Yoga therapy is all about you and your personal needs. Your practice is designed, modified and adapted to allow you to begin with comfort and ease. Over time you will move in a step by step process that takes you towards improved health and healing.
- Yoga therapy focuses on your physical, mental and emotional well being. Your personal well being is prioritized and addressed in your practice and its progression.
- Most students need only 4-6 classes over an initial 3 month period; future appointments are based upon the student's needs and progression of the practice.
- The relationship you develop with your yoga therapist is confidential-the yoga therapist is present in private one-to-one sessions to meet your needs with respect, care and guidance.
- A yoga therapist has specialized training. The yoga therapist is a certified yoga teacher who has undergone extensive additional training offered by a yoga therapy school. Anita has completed the four year certification program offered by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) in Chennai, India. (See: The Healing Tradition-KHYF and KYM)