Yoga Therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, and a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, Yoga Therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals!
All Yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing as the unique yogic model of health addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga Therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.
A general public yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood complaints, but a Yoga Therapy session goes much further because it is tailored to the individual.
A Yoga Therapist has in-depth training to help assess problems while keeping the client safe. A therapist will work with you to address your specific goals while considering any limitations you might be experiencing. The practices your yoga therapist recommends could include:
Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous
Meditation or visualization practices
Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances
Any combination of tools like these!
It all depends on what you need to work on your health and well-being.
Know Your Therapist
Sonu Wassan is a Yoga Vaidya in T. Krishnamacharya tradition. She is a certified Yoga Therapist from the International Association of Yoga Therapy. (https://www.iayt.org/)
A teacher in Hatha Yoga based on Integral Yoga by Shri Aurobindo, she has
also taught in prestigious Shri Aurobindo Ashram. Transformational Yoga
helped her deepen her attention to the subject.
She teaches personalized one-to-one therapy and group sessions from her
studio ’YogaCitta’ at Gurugram. She also has been instrumental in initiating
Yoga Therapy in “Children First” – A Center for special needs children where
she facilitates therapy for caregivers and therapists
Diet and lifestyle management awareness is an important part of her sessions.