What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is multi-faceted. It’s an integrative, holistic, and scientific system of self-inquiry, inner transformation, and physical health. The appropriate application of Yogic teachings and practices in a therapeutic context, a consistent home Yoga practice, and a willing individual will increase the overall health, balance, and vitality in a person’s life. As part of a living tradition, Yoga Therapy continues to adapt and evolve to our current cultural and medical context and requirements. It’s informed by the medical field and there’s a growing body of research that continues to provide evidence to increase the understanding and efficacy of Yoga Therapy as a therapeutic discipline.
How can Yoga Therapy support me?
Yoga Therapy can support you in a multitude of ways. Because it addresses the entire body, spirit, and mind system and approaches healing in a holistic way, the potential for deep and lasting transformation is possible. Whether you’re looking to improve functional range of motion, balance, increase flexibility, or are recovering from an injury, or if you’re working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or addiction, Yoga Therapy has a host of tools that are functional and relevant to support you. You’ll receive personalized guidance, an adapted practice to suit your specific needs and goals, expert support along the way, and specific steps to implement into your daily life and routine that will support you in reaching your goals and get you feeling better.
How is Yoga Therapy different from Yoga?
The two modalities, while they have some overlap, are considered different and distinguished fields of study. Yoga Therapists have specialized expertise and training to create daily Yoga routines and lifestyle changes for individuals to overcome many types of obstacles such as emotional trauma, physical injuries, chronic conditions. We have 1,000’s of hours of clinical training and it’s within our scope of practice to create home routines for students. Our education includes formal supervised training by experts in both the medical and holistic wellness fields. The prestigious and rigorous program at Loyola Marymount University I’m enrolled in includes in depth training in anatomy, physiology, psychology, Ayurveda, mindfulness-based stress reduction, clinical research, mental wellness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc), biomechanics, neurology, and many other areas.
What’s Included in a Yoga Therapy Practice?
Your sessions and your home Yoga practice will be tailored to you. Because of my vast background and experience in this field, the tools and practices that come forward in my sessions are varied, unique, and extremely personalized.
Tools and practices may include:
asana (placing the physical body in positions that cultivate awareness, relaxation, and concentration)
education/reflection on Yoga Philosophy/scriptures
dinacharya (daily self-care routine as informed by Ayurveda)
lifestyle changes and “life hacks”
How is this different from Physical Therapy?
The biggest differences between Yoga Therapy and Physical Therapy (PT) is the emphasis on breathing, concentration or "mindfulness," and sequencing. These all play a vital role in healing. Additionally, Yoga Therapy offers a holistic approach to healing. I sometimes work with people who are just getting out of PT, but who aren't comfortable or strong enough physically to transition into their normal routines right away. PT also doesn’t address very real psychological, mental, and emotional side of injuries (Yoga Therapy does). Yoga Therapists can prevent injury (PT does not), treat chronic pain, and offer rehab after acute pain. Yoga Therapists do not work with those in acute pain and we cannot diagnose.
How is Yoga Therapy different than other health professions?
Yoga Therapy is recognized as its own distinct profession despite having similar skills and training to other allied health and therapeutic and clinical professions.
What if I don’t have experience?
There is no need to worry if you don’t consider yourself flexible, have never taken a Yoga class, or don’t have familiarity with Yoga. Each session is completely tailored to your physical capacity and ability, personal intentions, and health goals. I’ve been working in this capacity with people for over nine years and have worked with a wide range of ability levels and types of people.
What will we do?
Your experience will be personalized through a comprehensive assessment in which we identify what you’re looking for; I’ll create a specific plan based on your goals. Next, I’ll recommend next steps for you in simple, understandable terms so that you can feel sustained relief. You’ll receive a home Yoga practice adapted to suit your individual needs and based on what you feel you’re able to commit to.
We meet in my private Ojai studio or online via HIPAA compliant secure video conferencing, trusted by licensed therapists and web-based companies all over the world. House calls are available for an extra fee.
How many sessions should I buy?
Most people need a minimum of 4 sessions in order to understand how Yoga Therapy can support them in their lives. If we’re addressing multiple injuries or co-occuring conditions, we may require more time. Payment is required upfront and is non-refundable unless in case of extreme emergency.
What does it cost?
1 session is $108
4 sessions are $400 ($100 each)
8 sessions are $760 ($95 each)
12 sessions are $1020 ($85 each)
Each quarter, I offer free sessions to a member of our Ojai community. I give preference to those with very limited funds and those with life threatening illnesses or conditions which severely affect the quality of life. Please contact me for consideration.
A wide range of conditions can be addressed or managed through Private Yoga Therapy:
Increase strength + flexibility
Enhance focus, memory and concentration
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Recover from injury after acute pain phase
Manage musculoskeletal, circulatory, or neurological problems
Reduce ulcers, gas, constipation, IBS, and other GI tract disorders
Manage + heal from trauma
Improve energy levels
Reach + manage optimum weight
Manage blood pressure, blood sugar etc.
Improve self confidence + self esteem
Uncover roots of addiction, depression, anxiety
Address deeper issue of identity and one’s place in the world
I’ve worked with students in the following areas:
Rheumatoid & Osteo Arthritis
Panic Disorders/Attacks, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, PTSD/Trauma, Addiction/Recovery
High/Low Blood Pressure
Diabetes 1 & 11
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Pre & Post Natal
Professional Elite Athletes