'The Part Can Never Be Well Unless the Whole is Well'
1 The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care, Khalsa, Cohen, McCall, Telles
Yoga Therapists - Providing Safer, More Impactful Yoga
The yoga therapist is an emerging healthcare professional. C-IAYTs are yoga therapists that have been certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (hvae 1000+ hours of training and specific competencies to work with individuals who have health concerns).
Many yoga therapists are also licensed in other healthcare modalities (PT, OT, RN, Psychologist, etc.) and they employ the biopsychosocial medical approach to health care.
Use yogic practices, tools, and philosophies to address mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual imbalances, or “dis – ease” in the individual
Often work in hospital settings, outpatient clinics, physical therapy settings, rehabilitation centers, senior-care facilities, military facilities, and prisons, in addition to private practice
Conduct an individual assessment with clients in a formal intake process, then, through a dynamic, ongoing therapeutic relationship, offer their clients practices that are continuously adapted to empower the client in their own journey toward self-healing and greater well-being
Usually work in one-to-one settings, but may also offer small group therapeutic classes to individuals with the same underlying health concern
Conduct both in-person and online (telehealth) sessions
Often work with clients who have exhausted other health alternatives
Yoga therapists first conduct an assessment and understand your health needs and objectives.
Only then will they create tailored practices to address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
(Reach our white paper to understand why first having a health assessment and working with a qualified yoga therapists is important for your safety!)
What to expect from a yoga therapy session
- Physical exercises with adaptations and variations
- Breathing exercises
- Meditation and / or relaxation practices that can range from affirmations, mantra, visualizations, guided imagery, progressive body relaxation techniques, and chanting
- Discussion of yoga philosophy, ethical precepts, and lifestyle advice
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