What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a way to improve your own health and well-being. It combines yoga philosophy, tried and tested yoga techniques that have been practised for hundreds of years, and some of the latest neuroscience research – for example on relaxation, thinking habits, or pain science. Yoga therapy works very much with the mind-body connection – it is holistic in approach, and helps people regain a sense of peace and wholeness.
How does it work?
Yoga Therapy is a process. It gives you the tools to help improve your condition, your symptoms, or perhaps how you cope with them. Over a period of time, perhaps 4 – 6 weeks, you will learn simple tried and tested yoga techniques to practice at home. These techniques will include some movement or postures, some relaxation, and some breathing techniques. Sessions can be one-to-one, or in a small group such as a Yoga Therapy Course for Stress and Anxiety.
Who can it help?
Yoga therapy can be appropriate for a wide range of ages and lifestyles and can help with many health issues as well as helping those looking for a healthier way of life. For a list of conditions that can be helped by yoga, see here.
Participants do not need previous experience of yoga, just a willingness to help themselves and to practice regularly.
What happens in a session?
These are for up to 10 people, and will have a theme such as Stress and Anxiety, or Back Pain. There will be a short one-to-one chat before the course starts, and then 6 weekly sessions. For information on available group courses, see here.
These take place over a few weeks or months – it is up to you how many sessions you want or need, but I recommend having four or more to become confident in your practice of the techniques.
The first session will take between 60-90 minutes. We’ll have a chat about your health and why you would like to do Yoga Therapy. I might observe your posture, or ask you to do some gentle movements to see which techniques might be most beneficial for you. During this session we will explore some postures or techniques, and adapt them as we need to so you can practice them easily on your own. At the end of the session, I will give you a short individually-tailored programme to keep.
In the second session, we’ll check in with how you are finding the techniques so far, and perhaps add a couple more to give you a fuller programme. Over the following weeks, we’ll meet to see how you’re getting on with practising at home. If necessary we’ll tweak the programme so you can gain the most benefit from it.
Why do I need to practise at home?
Yoga Therapy gives you a tool-kit of techniques that you can use to improve your own health. If you practise regularly the benefits of the techniques will build up. People who practise 3 or 4 times a week show more improvement than people who don’t practise between sessions, or practise once or twice. Once you are familiar with the techniques you will be able to use them whenever you feel they would be helpful – these tools will be available to you for as long as you find them helpful.
How will I remember the techniques at home?
I will give you a written programme to follow at home, with descriptions of the techniques as well as visual reminders and perhaps an audio recording if necessary. Some movements might take a bit longer to get the hang of, and we’ll practise them together in follow-up sessions.
How much time will it take?
During our first session, we’ll discuss how much time you might have to practise and tailor the programme around that. It may be that you can commit to spending 10 minutes 3 times a week – or you may want to spend longer, or practise every day. Generally, it will be no more than 30 minutes. You might want to split it up into 5 – 10 minutes in the morning, and 5 more in the evening. The key is to find a time that suits you. Once you experience the benefits, it will be easier for you to find time to practise.
What does it cost?
Group therapy courses cost £70, which includes an individual consultation and 6 group sessions.
Individual sessions cost £40. Special offer – you can buy a 4 session block for £150.
There are some ‘Pay as you can’ slots available so if you would like to explore this please contact me.
Sounds great, what next?
If you would like to register for Yoga Therapy contact me – I’ll send you a registration form and we can arrange to meet. If you would like to enquire whether Yoga Therapy might be suitable for you please get in touch.