So you're wondering about this yoga therapy thing. Here's some of the most common questions that you may have answered
Do I have to do yoga? But I'm not flexible!
You don't need to be a bendy yogi to benefit from yoga therapy. Lots of my private clients have no interest in yoga. The moves in a private yoga therapy session look very little like yoga poses. Yoga therapy is more about moving your body in a pure and simple way with ease of mind and breath. Maybe your end goal is strength, flexibility or to relieve pain. All are possible.
If I am already strong and/or decent at yoga can yoga therapy do anything for me?
Definitely! We all have movement patterns that are inefficient, though they may not be causing pain or injury. If your movement mechanics are improved, you free up more energy to improve your performance as an athlete.
I already go to a naturopath/chiropractor/physiotherapist etc. Will yoga therapy interfere? Would it still help?
Not at all, you can think of yoga therapy as a good compliment to any modality that you are already finding help with. When something is off, a quick visit to the chiropractor or acupuncturist can bring incredible relief. Yoga therapy is designed so that you can learn to move in a way that you don't cause pain/tightness/aches. I work within the guidelines from your doctor/physiotherapist.
Does it take a long time?
No, many clients have learned something that completely changes the way they move and think about using their body right in the first session. Some movement patterns that are deeply ingrained may take some time to remaster, but the body truly wants to heal and move better.
But I have a ligament tear/Parkinson's Disease/knee replacement etc. Can yoga therapy help with my condition?
Yoga therapy truly takes the entire person as a whole into consideration. No matter what the major or minor injury, condition or disease may be, you can benefit from moving better. The arthritis will still be there, but there is potential relief from its symptoms.
What do I need to know for my first session?
Please arrive as close to your scheduled time as possible. If there is a car in the driveway or another pair of shoes in the entryway, just hang tight while I finish up with the client before you. Wear clothes that are comfortable for you to move in. I have all of the props that you may use in the session, so no need to bring anything.