“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels”.
TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar, renowned Yogis and Yoga Therapy pioneers
In my experience students come to Yoga and meditation classes with a set of goals, stated or unstated in their minds. Often they have been in general term told “Yoga can help” with their complaint, or Yoga is “good for you” but have little else to go on as they begin the process of discovering just how this goodness and help can happen for them. Still, because of the expansiveness and power of the discipline of Yoga so many of of these broad based, common needs of students are accomplished with relative ease and with surprising speed with as they begin an appropriate and consistent Yoga practice. In the early phases of practice the search for that appropriate classes and practice can be part of the fun and excitement of their journey toward their goals.
When specific limitations or more difficult issues are involved a traditional class may not be appropriate or work for you as quickly or as well as is wished. Among the risks in these cases may be frustration, discouragement and the tendency to dismiss the healing possibilities of Yoga altogether.
In these instances it can be that that some additional guidance and persistence is needed to find and engage in the best practices for your needs. Many have discovered the power of Yoga practices tailored as a therapy to help with issues as specific as back pain, high blood pressure, weight loss, carpal tunnel and sleep issues and as broad as anxiety, depression, addictions and reducing the negative effects of stress on blood pressure, cardiac issues, auto immune disorders and family life.
To target these more specific and serious issues, or simply for individual attention aimed toward deepening your experience in yoga you may wish to seek and more personalized approach on a short or longer term basis. For some issues the emerging discipline of **Yoga Therapy** can serve non-medical stand alone practice.to help them achieve their wellness goals. Often I have found it to be most most effective as a compliment to other practices and medical solutions. It can authentically empower one by bringing practices and lifestyle adjustments that support ongoing healing where symptomatic treatments leave off and build upon a journey toward true well-being that may continue throughout a lifetime. Because it is based on the principles of Yoga I believe the therapy process necessarily involves reconnecting the healing process to the greater goal of expanding overall wellness, joy and happiness in life.
In my Yoga Therapy and teaching practice in the New Haven and Shoreline area of Connecticut I work with clients in my teaching locations in Guilford and Woodbridge as well as in their homes. To learn more about how the how private Yoga Instruction, Yoga Therapy or the Individual Posture Therapy Programs I offer can help to attain your goals please call for a free no risk phone consultation at (203)488-1700. If I don’t feel able to help you specifically I am happy to offer information, guidance and referrals to qualified practitioners who specialize in helping with your issues when I can.