All yoga can be therapeutic but what’s the difference between yoga and yoga therapy?
What is Yoga Therapy?
The International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) defines yoga therapy as, “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.”
Yoga Therapy works with you as an individual and looks at how to bring yoga tool to help improve your physical and metal health. Yoga therapy works in conjunction with other medical professionals and does not replace them. Yoga therapy creates an individualised programme for you.
How is Yoga Therapy different from a normal yoga class?
Both yoga classes and yoga therapy can be therapeutic. However in a group class you generally follow a class plan, which will be adapted for those in the group but won’t be individualised. A Yoga Therapy session will be individualised for how you feel on that day.
Yoga therapy can help with physical and physiological conditions including (but not limited to)
- Recovery from injury
- Improved sleep
- Muscular skeletal conditions including back pain
- Pain Management
- Digestive health
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Respiratory conditions such as asthma
What is the difference between a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Teacher?
The main difference is the amount of training and the focus of that training.
- Yoga teachers undertake a 200 hour yoga teacher training before starting teaching. Yoga teachers generally teach group classes in a particular style or one to ones in that style.
- IAYT certified yoga therapists must have a minimum of 800 hours of yoga therapy training, plus a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. Yoga therapists learn to adapt yoga for those with specific injuries, illnesses, or medical conditions. Yoga Therapists work one-on-one with their clients and develop specialised practices for their needs.
What course are you studying and how long will it take?
In December 2018 I started towards a 800 hour International Alliance of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) teacher training with The Yoga Therapy Institute in The Netherlands. It’s the only IAYT Certified training course in Europe. The Yoga Therapy Institute teachers have a huge depth and breadth of knowledge and I love the way this course is structured and the topics covered. I’ve now completed over 600 hours of study and the final step of this course is to work with case studies under supervision.
What does being a case study involve?
Four sessions with myself on a weekly or biweekly basis. The cost for the first four sessions is £25 per session and then £40 per session for additional sessions. Sessions are currently being undertaken within the Wellness Space at Calm on Canning Street on Monday and Fridays.
As part of being a case study you will need to give me permission to discuss your case with my mentor at the Yoga Therapy Institute. This will be in confidence and anonymous.