All about Yoga Therapy

Can Yoga Therapy help me manage my health?

Yoga Therapy is useful for treating almost any health concern as it’s designed for your individual needs. We start where you are most conscious of discomfort and progress from that point.

Some of the more common reasons people are referred to seek Yoga Therapy include:

  • Acute injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Digestive problems
  • Lower back/neck pain
  • Weight management
  • Mental health
  • Menopause, period problems, and fertility

Chronic health conditions

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis/Kyphosis
  • Pain
  • Cancer treatments and aftercare
  • Hormonal issues such as thyroid disease
  • Neurodegenerative conditions
  • Addiction

It doesn’t matter if you don’t fit into the labels listed here. Yoga Therapy is designed for the individual – the way a health or life problem arises is different in each of us.

Viniyoga is giving what is appropriate.
By an appropriate person, to an appropriate person,
It is not casual or routine,
Not by anybody to everybody, not anything and everything.
It is specific and highly individualized.”  – Dr. N Chandrasekaran

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga may seem like a simple word but it covers many different aspects of life.

Some of these aspects include:

  • adaptable body movements, postures or exercises (asanas)
  • working with the breath (pranayama)
  • focussing the mind (meditation)
  • using sound imbued with meaning (mantra)
  • relaxation techniques
  • a philosophy that underpins physical, mental and spiritual practices to improve your well-being

Yoga Therapy is different from Yoga classes.

Yoga Therapy uses some of the tools and techniques of yoga in a way that is tailored to you, an individual with unique needs and goals.

It naturally complements other therapies and certified Yoga Therapists often work hand-in-hand with specialists across the medical and complementary health spectrum to address specific needs.

Yoga Therapy treats you as a whole person, not just a medical diagnosis/disease, problem or injury.

It’s a practice and a process that enables you to improve your health and well-being in a gentle, positive and integrated way.

A Yoga Therapist is an experienced Yoga Teacher with additional qualifications, specialised skills, and knowledge in the application of yoga within a therapeutic setting.

Yoga Therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of yoga practices, biomedical knowledge, and assessment skills to establish a professional relationship with clients.

Together, you and the therapist work to create a plan of care that is self-empowering, begins recovery, minimises the impact of symptoms and eases suffering in a way that is appropriate to your needs.

“If you can breathe you can do yoga” – Sri T Krishnamacharya

How does Yoga Therapy work?

As an accredited Yoga Therapist, Georgina provides Yoga Therapy through individual consultations. Her goal is to empower you to manage your own health and well-being.

The first one-to-one session is a time to understand and assess your needs, areas of focus, individual goals and to design and teach you a specific home practice.

The initial assessment requires some background history and an examination of your physical body – your posture, the range of motion and strengths of joints – as well as discussion about your priorities, goals, and preferences.

We know that developing new habits, like a daily practice, benefits from extra support and Georgina works closely with you during this early phase.

Your personal practice is designed to meet your needs and will leave you feeling better able to take on your day and to rest well at night. The practice will not be painful and will leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed.

As you recover, your daily home practice will change to meet your step-by-step progress and capacity.

Subsequent sessions are an opportunity to check and refine the practice depending on your rate of progress. These can be managed in a way that suits you such as face-to-face, phone calls, Skype or any other preferred medium.

Creating an integrated plan of care can be complex and take a few sessions depending on an individual’s needs. You set the pace of your physical, emotional or mental self-care regime as your ability to listen to your body and breath develops.

Yoga Therapy can also be tailored for group classes or courses or to develop a personal home yoga practice in privacy and at your convenience.

  1. We know nothing
  2. We have problems
  3. We do something about them
  4. We have some power
  5. We find this power is something other than mind. – TKV Desikachar