Yoga Therapy is defined as the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.
Yoga Therapists work one-on-one with clients as opposed to Yoga Teachers in a general class setting. Yoga Therapists have training with specific pathologies, whether it be physical, mental or a combination of conditions. Yoga Therapists have a minimum of 1700 hours of study devoted to the Yoga tradition.
Breathing, mindfulness and gentle movement is a part of Yoga Therapy at the Serene View Ranch. An emphasis on somatic exercises helps to bring awareness to everyday movements and focuses on specific muscles and muscle groups to improve breathing, posture and help alleviate chronic pain.
No previous experience with Yoga is necessary.
Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a "normal" or healthy individual, Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.
-Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
Read more from the International Association of Yoga Therapists here.