Yoga and Movement Therapies - An Overview

The search for the right Yoga or therapy for specific problems for many is the first and most important step to best address the concern you are having.. If there are more specific medical or physical challenges that are at the root of your search for the “right” approach or you this search is even more important.

Individualized Yoga and Movement Therapy sessions are a one on one experience with an Instructor/Therapist that can tailor the techniques and practices of Yoga, Somatic Based Postural Therapy, Meditation and related disciplines to specific needs and personal goals.

Students can gain many benefits from individual work, supporting the improvements to mental and physical health. All this work is non-medical in nature. Rather than treat any disease or symptoms the aim is to address the root causes of these challenges in conjunction with medical and other therapeutic disciplines.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists, on their Yoga Therapy.Health website, discusses how Yoga therapy is set apart from more traditional Yoga taught in classes as follows:

“Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, 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, but 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!” (1)


Western medicine is coming to realize the value of Yoga as a compliment to traditional healthcare. There is a growing body of research available (2) that is confirming that yoga practices can be powerful tools to support stress reduction, reducing physical pain problems, and used as part of a program to alleviate anxiety and mood issues.

These practices can offer non-medical support for other benefits for many, including lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular efficiency, enhancing respiratory function, reduced gastrointestinal upset. I look to work with your healthcare provider as needed to help maximize these benefits. This complimentary approach can best support your movement beyond dis-ease into greater overall health and wellness.

The Yoga Therapy work we offer in the Guilford, Madison, Branford and New Haven and Woodbridge Connecticut areas involves individual sessions that allow for this more targeted application of the techniques of Yoga and meditation than is possible in group class settings.

1.), What is Yoga Therapy

2.) National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health