What Is Yoga Therapy?

yoga therapy is…

the application of principles and techniques from the yoga tradition to achieve spiritual, psychological, or physiological goals for individuals or groups. This practice can support healing on many levels of being, and may be appropriate for those experiencing specific medical conditions, mental health concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, search for meaning, or energetic blockages.

Lynn is currently training to become an Integrative Yoga Therapist through the Kripalu School of Yoga Therapy. Her primary teacher is Joseph Le Page, founder of the program. The IYT training is dedicated to bringing the ancient wisdom of yoga into modern lifestyle and healthcare paradigms based on a vision of health as unity of body, mind, and spirit. 

Each of us is whole and capable of self-healing. These sessions empower and create space for that healing to occur. The teacher will build the class to meet the needs and interests of the student. These sessions can take many forms, and may use many tools from the yoga tradition.

Yoga therapy may be defined as the application of Yogic principles to a particular person with the objective of achieving a particular spiritual, psychological, or physiological goal. The means employed are comprised of intelligently conceived steps that include but are not limited to the components of Ashtânga Yoga, which includes the educational teachings of yama, niyama, âsana, prânâyâma, pratyâhâra, dhâranâ, dhyâna, and samâdhi. Also included are the application of meditation, textual study, spiritual or psychological counseling, chanting, imagery... and ritual to meet the needs of the individual. Yoga therapy respects individual differences in age, culture, religion, philosophy, occupation, and mental and physical health. The knowledgeable and competent [teacher] applies Yoga Therapy according to the period, the place, and the practitioner’s age, strength, and activities.
— International Association of Yoga Therapists