What to expect from a yoga therapy session
With one of my regular clients, I typically go to her place (this could also be done online). We start by sitting on yoga mats or on chairs. She talks to me about what’s going on in her life for a while, and I listen. Our session unfolds in its own way, and we usually incorporate some yoga.
Basically, we take yogic philosophies and apply them on the mat. We spend some of our time sitting and talking, and we spend some time on the mat, trying different yoga positions, doing some breathing practices. It’s really fluid.
In these sessions, we’re focusing on her condition and how we can help her feel better, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice. My job is to understand why my client asked to see me, and determine how I can support her.
I’m trained to assess clients through listening, questioning, observing, and appropriately touching. I’m looking for ways to help my clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help with their attitude in relation to their health condition.
Although all yoga can be therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the application of yogic tools — postures, exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more — to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.