Hello and welcome! If you have landed on this website, you may already be considering how yoga can improve your health and wellbeing. Many people are interested in yoga but worry it may not be for them. If that sounds like you, please be assured that yoga is for everyone. My mission is to empower you to experience the benefits of yoga. Together, we will create a yoga practice that is tailored to your needs, values, goals, lifestyle, and interests.
Yoga therapy is an emerging profession so you likely have questions. I hope to answer at least some of them on this site. I encourage you to contact me for more information:
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What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient philosophy and science. Early yoga masters devoted their lives to discover the path of human happiness and enlightenment. For many years, yoga philosophy and practices were passed on through an oral tradition with roots in Indian spiritual texts the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Samkhya Karika. Drawing from the oral teachings, the sage Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras in approximately 400 CE; this work is commonly referenced as the authoritative text on yoga. The Baghavad Gita and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika are additional oft-referenced texts that inform our current understanding of yoga philosophy and practice. Much later, Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888 – 1989) acquainted over 500 yoga postures, known as asanas, to the modern world. His students brought asana practice to North America and they largely shaped how yoga is viewed here to this day. It is less well known that T. Krishnamacharya rigorously developed the modern practice of yoga-cikitsa, or yoga therapy.
What is yoga therapy?
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) defines yoga therapy as “the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings of yoga.” Practices include gentle physical postures, breathing practices, mindfulness, meditation and working with imagery and intention, among others.
Yoga therapy is generally practiced one-on-one and in small group sessions. You do not need any experience with yoga. Yoga therapy sessions are tailored to each person’s unique circumstances and health challenges with the goal of improving, maintaining, and optimizing health and wellbeing. The goals of yoga therapy include managing or eliminating symptoms that cause suffering, improving function and helping to prevent or remove the underlying causes of illness.
Yoga therapy is a holistic modality, which takes the entire individual into account. The yoga therapist enables clients to learn more about themselves and recommends specific yoga practices to engage and empower them in their own healing process.
Ingrid designs a customized yoga therapy plan to help you focus on specific life and health issues. This is done thoughtfully and gently from the first session discussion and practice to the last session. The practice is done at home between sessions.
My yoga therapy plan includes poses, breath work and mudras. My experience with the practice has been a gradual, deep awareness and opening around the issues that have brought insight and a positive and, at times, profound shift in the way I experience them. The body holds the memory of our experiences and this therapy releases emotions to be observed in a supportive, caring way.
~ Rosemary Stackhouse
What health concerns can yoga therapy help?
Yoga has been found to be helpful for a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:
reducing chronic stress and its negative impacts on health;
depression and anxiety;
muscular and joint pain;
balance and stability;
inflammatory and immune conditions;
diabetes and pre-diabetes.
What will my yoga therapy experience look like?
In one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, I work in partnership with you to develop a comprehensive integrated self-care practice that addresses your health goals and takes into consideration your unique circumstances and preferences. It generally takes 4 or 5 sessions together to develop a care practice.
During the first 90-minute session, I will gather information about your health and personal history, health concerns, and lifestyle practices. Depending on the information gathered in this initial intake, I may conduct a postural assessment to identify any musculoskeletal imbalances and/or a breath assessment. Together, we will set goals for your personalized therapeutic yoga practices. You will leave your first session with a plan to address your specific health needs and goals.
Follow-up sessions are 60 minutes each. We will talk about your observations and experiences and review and refine your personalized practice. You may also choose to discuss new issues at follow-up appointments.
Yoga therapy is most effective when done in full partnership with you and others in your health care team. Please indicate on your intake form if you would like me to reach out to your physician and/or another healthcare provider.
What should I bring with me to my first visit?
Please bring your Client Intake Form (a blank form will be sent to you upon registration) and comfortable clothing for mindful movement practices. Yoga mats and props are provided. You are welcome to bring your own mat and/or props.
What are the ongoing benefits of yoga therapy?
Many clients find that yoga therapy sessions effectively address their specific conditions as well as offer a general sense of increased calm and vitality. Yoga therapy may also support efforts toward positive behaviour change.