What is Therapeutic Yoga?

Therapeutic Yoga Teachings and Practices

“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.”
–The International Association of Yoga Therapists

Therapeutic yoga employs basic yoga postures, corrective exercises, yogic breathing practices and self-massage techniques for releasing tension, alleviating pain, building strength, and for addressing mobility issues.  The tools of the trade are yoga props, and can include blankets, straps, yoga blocks and therapeutic yoga balls.

Therapeutic yoga also teaches the client how to work therapeutically with their own body, vs. having work done on them!  You can learn to heal an injury, address nagging pain and tension and move freely in your body again.

The power in therapeutic yoga, and what I think distinguishes it from other practices, is the added benefit of a deeper mind-body connection that is cultivated over time. With this heightened self-awareness, you’ll find that you begin to recognize and seek out what is supportive for your health, be it physical, emotional or spiritual.  Imagine having agency over your health and well-being!

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When working in a group setting, I began to call my teaching Functional Yoga. The focus in group settings is more on movement through postures, and doing them in a way that is therapeutic for the body.  It’s functional to move the way the body is designed to move: with integrity in the joints, and building muscles that are supple and strong.

My group Functional Yoga workshops and teacher trainings (link to Workshops Page) focus on progressive and regenerative yoga poses.  There can ball rolling, pranayama and other relaxation techniques.  Maybe we’ll get to an advanced pose, or maybe not, but the foundation, the journey of getting there is sound and affirming to the body, mind and spirit.

Surprisingly, my back has been in alignment since I left the workshop on Sunday. It’s a record. It’s been years. It seems like the ball exercises reset the muscle memory and patterns that control/influence my spinal alignment. In conjunction with the ball exercises and working the musculature, I feel like I found a magic combination. Thank you for such a wonderful workshop and for sharing all your wisdom and insight with the rest of us. Diane Rau

yoga student since 1995

A deep, sincere, heartfelt THANK YOU! I have been living with torn meniscus pain for the past three years. I’ve done PT and am considering surgery. In your therapeutics workshop I learned so much of the mechanics of my particular case and how to address it through yoga. I was totally taken by your presence and attention given to all who attended. Moreover, the results are manifestly relieving the pain. Paul O’Connor

Photographer, Taos, New Mexico