Yoga therapy is the therapeutic application of the tools of yoga to facilitate the restoration and regeneration of a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The yoga therapy toolkit encompasses all 8 limbs of yoga such as the movement, postures, breathing, focus, self-study, and meditation.
Yoga therapists have in-depth training beyond yoga teacher training to assess and address clients’ specific goals while considering any presenting limitations to keep the clients safe. Yoga therapy can be complementary to any other healing and wellness practices.
Yoga therapy is a salutogenic model for well-being. Salutogenesis focuses on the origins of health and well-being rather than on pathogenesis, the origins of disease. Yoga therapy provides a fully customized, holistic, bioregulatory and salutogenic toolkit to restore coherence, alignment, and harmony to each unique human experience.
What is the goal of yoga therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT),
“The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing. Yoga therapy also helps clients/students change their relationship to and identification with their condition.”
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“Yoga therapy invites us to awaken to our underlying essential nature that enables us to feel in harmony with ourselves, others, and the world around us, no matter our circumstance.”
– Marlysa Sullivan