Yoga therapy uses a vast range of evidence based practices including movement, breath-work, self-enquiry, relaxation and meditation. These are used to support and empower the individual in developing skills to aid self-care, well-being and healing on many levels (mentally, physically and emotionally), integrating them into daily life. Yoga therapy sessions will meet the specific individual needs of the client, possibly differing from week to week with a suggested home practice.
Minded yoga therapy is an approach that combines yoga therapy and mindfulness practices as viewed from an in depth neuroscientific and physiological prospective and is informed by psychotherapeutic principles. Applied philosophy and science for health and well-being (Marlysa Sullivan). It is employed as a complementary or integrative approach to conventional medical treatments and is often used in conjunction with other modalities such as physical therapy, psychotherapy, and occupational therapy. It is proven to be of help with with many issues and conditions including: stress related issues, musculoskeletal issues and physical rehabilitation, chronic conditions including pain, (auto)immune issues, mental health issues, cancer, neurological conditions, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular issues.
‘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’ International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
For a more in depth definition of yoga therapy from the IAYT see: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.iayt.org/resource/resmgr/docs_certification_all/2020_updates_scope_ethics/2020-06_defintion_of_yoga_th.pdf
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalised and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses issues in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate her/his/their suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the issue, yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.” TKV and Kausthub Desikachar (Contemporary definitions of yoga therapy, 2022)
I have recently completed a 580-hour Professional Diploma in Yoga Therapy, with BCYT accreditation, with The Minded Institute. I am now proud to be working as a fully qualified yoga therapist and am in the process of completing the 815-hour Advanced Diploma in Yoga Therapy with IAYT accreditation. I aim to complete this later in 2023.
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