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Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is an empowering client directed process to increase the individual’s capacity to heal and thrive. 


Yoga Therapy Defined

Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups. by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), 2020.


A Certified Yoga Therapist is accredited by the Accreditations Committee with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which was founded in 1989. This international association serves the yoga therapist community to ensure appropriate training and tools and support for the therapist to deliver yoga therapy to their clients. In support of the membership and the medical field, the association produces a yearly research journal, education outreach, an annual membership conference and a research conference. IAYT is focused on the education, the delivery and expansion and integration of yoga therapy into health care.   


Yoga Therapists certified with the IAYT must complete extensive training and adhering to continuing education and a code of conduct. The yoga therapist has a unique skillset with training and experience in health conditions, and a wider scope of practices to support the client. Additionally, yoga therapists work in concert with a medical/rehab team in a home, medical, institutional, or studio setting.

Whole Person Approach

Both yoga therapy and medical model of training are based on the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to wellness, allowing greater integration and cooperation between yoga therapist and medical professionals.


Who benefits from Yoga Therapy

Is Yoga Therapy for me? 

  • Do you feel that your body works as a system? 

  • Are you interested trying something new? 

  • Do you have pain or lack of function that isn't changing?

  • Is sleep difficult or uneven? 

  • Do you have issues with digestion? 

  • Are you fatigued? 

  • Do you have feelings of anxiety and stress? 

  • Are you experiencing illness and undergoing treatment?

  • Do you have an ABI? 

  • Are your present abilities working for you?

  • Can you do the sports and leisure activities you love at a level you want?

Yoga Therapy is a comprehensive modality that focuses on whole person wellbeing and healing

How Yoga Therapy can Help


From: YogaTherapy.Health


  • Chronic pain, including low-back pain, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and other types of pain such as that associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Mental health, including concerns like anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, insomnia, and others

  • Neurological issues and complications of stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Support for illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease

  • Overall well-being (you don’t need to be sick or in pain for yoga therapy to have value!) and healthy aging.

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