The International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) defines Yoga Therapy as "the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga" (Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists, July 2012). It is a holistic practice that facilitates healing and manages specific health conditions. Yoga Therapy is practiced in a small group or individual setting, and it honors client-therapist confidentiality.
Public yoga classes are often heavily focused on physical postures, and they may not be accessible to all individuals, including people with medical conditions, injuries, and the elderly population. Yoga therapy, whether taught individually or in a small group, will address specific health conditions. Individual yoga therapy may include physical postures, breathing exercises, guided relaxation, meditation, and lifestyle changes.
Yoga Therapy has been effective in the treatment of eating disorders, stress disorders (PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder), depression, cancer rehabilitation, injury rehabilitation, and more. Whitney has specialized training in yoga for cardiac health, cancer, and persistent pain. For resources and more information about yoga therapy, visit www.iayt.org.
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