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What is Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is an evidence based therapy and  is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.


Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of specific yoga tools. Yoga therapy requires the client to become actively involved in management of their health as part of the process. Yoga therapy takes a holistic view including all aspects of the body (muscular and skeletal); breath; mind; intellect; and emotions and their mutual interaction.


The full practices of yoga traditionally include, asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath), meditation, mantra, ritual, and a disciplined lifestyle. Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of elements of these teachings and practices in a therapeutic context that will increase self-awareness and engage the client/student’s energy in the direction of desired goals.


What will you get from yoga therapy

The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving physical function; reducing pain; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing. Yoga therapy also helps clients change their relationship to their condition.


What Happens in a Yoga Therapy Session

First of all, yoga therapy can be performed either in a group or individually, depending on the client’s needs.

Second, each client goes through an evaluation phase which consists of a detailed discussion with the therapist regarding specific problems he or she wants to address.

Based on professional experience and the severity of the client’s condition, the therapist can determine if the client is a viable candidate for yoga therapy.

Throughout each session, you will receive detailed instructions on how to execute different poses and meditative practices. With a combination of body and mind techniques, yoga therapists can help you achieve physical and mental health.

Techniques used in Yoga Therapy

To help clients achieve health and well-being, yoga therapists focus on various techniques that target both the body and mind.

Here are three of the most popular techniques used in yoga therapy:

  1. Physical postures represent a fundamental practice in yoga. Through various yoga poses, clients can address problem areas. During the first sessions, this practice takes place under the supervision of a yoga therapist.

  2. Breathing exercises are an excellent way to relieve stress and ease your anxious mind. Using various breathing techniques, the therapist will guide the client throughout the entire session.

  3. Meditation helps clients achieve a state of peace and serenity, allowing both the body and the mind to relax.

What is Clinical therapy


Counselling is the skilled use of relationship to facilitate self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources.


The overall aim of counsellors is to provide an opportunity for people to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully.


Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.

What are Mindfulness Skills

Mindfulness is a mental state of openness, awareness and focus. Mindfulness skills will help you take mindful actions consciously, with full awareness – open to experience and fully engaged in whatever you are doing.


  What will you learn?

How to accept what is outside of your personal control and still take committed actions that enriches your life.


The goal is to help you create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that life inevitably brings, mindfulness skills – for handling painful thoughts and feelings effectively, in such a way that they have much less impact and influence.


Mindfulness skills can ‘wake-us-up,’ connect with ourselves and appreciate the fullness of each moment of life.

What is Family Therapy


Family therapy is a type of counselling that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions.


What will you learn

Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members. You may address specific issues such as conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.


Your family may pursue family therapy along with other types of mental health treatment, especially if one of you has a mental illness or addiction that also requires additional therapy or rehabilitation treatment.


Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.

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