Health Benefits

Who Benefits from Yoga Therapy?

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is a unique application of yoga in which the student, working with the therapist, 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.

"As part of a healing regimen, yoga therapy (or Anita's yoga therapy) has provided me tremendous benefit for a variety of concerns, from regaining strength and flexibility post mastectomy to addressing symptoms caused by stress. While there are many stand alone benefits, I am most struck by its usefulness as as a complementary therapy to allopathic medical interventions, especially when the medical issues are complex and impact on multiple aspects of one's life.""

Michelle McDonald, MD

Each student, no matter the starting point, has the potential to benefit from a daily yoga practice that is specifically tailored to their individual needs and desired goals. Beginning practices may be done lying down, sitting in a chair, or standing. Exercises may range from simple breathing with no movement, to gentle movements, or to more vigorous standing, seated or lying exercises. All movements are coordinated with breathing techniques and ratios that are comfortable and address specific physical, mental or emotional challenges.

Students may want to focus on their overall health and well being, maintain and improve flexibility, strength and balance, and develop the resiliency to deal with life's daily challenges.

Students may also begin yoga therapy to help them manage and alleviate symtoms caused by their conditions, illnesses, or diseases. (This is not an exclusive list; it is indicative of my students).