What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy uses the tools of yoga—physical practices, stress-reduction techniques, yoga psychology and philosophy—to develop custom, individualized pathways to greater well-being. While many people use yoga therapy to address a specific physical condition, comprehensive yoga therapy goes well beyond just working to ease a set of physical symptoms—it’s a whole-life, mind-body approach to wellness that works on every level to create a greater sense of contentment, ease and joy in life.
Why yoga therapy?
No matter what challenging situation we face—injury, illness, major transition, life or lifestyle circumstances—the common denominator, and root cause of suffering, is the stress that results. As the symptoms of stress take hold, we lose sight of who we really are and move further away from the person we want to be. Yoga therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that works as a supplemental healing modality for a variety of health challenges and situations. While yoga therapy can uniquely address specific physical issues, its real power is in helping clients work more skillfully with the stress surrounding their circumstances, bringing them back home to themselves.
What's a session like?
Different from a yoga class or a private session that is primarily focused on the physical practice of yoga, yoga therapy provides space to be curious about what keeps us from the way we want to live our lives. It provides an opportunity to attend to the “inner landscape”—our state of mind—which has a profound impact on how we experience life’s challenges, as well exploring a wide variety of physical practices to keep the body strong, supple and comfortable.
Yoga therapy sessions may focus on a specific physical issue, a desired lifestyle change, stress reduction or some other concern or goal. Time is provided to discuss the client’s challenges, intentions and objectives, and explore applicable, customized physical practices and other techniques. Yoga therapy sessions are different for each client depending on their needs and goals, but all are designed to reconnect clients with their true selves, and empower them to make small but consistent positive changes that lead them in the direction of greater health, well-being and improved quality of life.
Who is yoga therapy for?
Yoga therapy is appropriate for just about anyone—all ages and levels of ﬁtness, for anyone struggling with stress, illness, pain, or challenging life transitions, and for those who would like to explore the practice of yoga more deeply in their lives.
Conditions supported by yoga therapy include: asthma and other respiratory ailments; heart disease; cancer quality of life; digestive disorders; depression and anxiety; insomnia and sleep issues; addiction and recovery; chronic pain; musculoskeletal issues and injury recovery; neurological disorders; healthy weight management; eating and body image disorders; women's health issues; stress management; grief and loss; healthy aging; and work-life balance.
Clients are encouraged to consider scheduling multiple sessions spread out over time (typically four or five sessions over two to three months, with discounts offered for multiple-session packages) so there is ample time to develop and adopt new routines and practices. New clients will be asked to complete an intake form prior to the first session, and clients will be encouraged to set mini goals between sessions.
Yoga therapy is an accredited, integrative field. Certified Yoga Therapists receive 1,000+ hours of training and are recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Lori Wieder, C-IAYT, is a graduate of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program through YogaLife Institute, an IAYT-accredited program, and is a fully certified yoga therapist.