Discover your potential for greater health and wellbeing
Welcome! Yoga is for everyone. Founded thousands of years ago in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a science, a philosophy and a practice. The complex yogic tradition includes a long oral history, ancient texts and modern interpretations. It offers a myriad of practices and tools to help each of us connect to our own inner wisdom and innate ability for healing, balance and happiness.
Yoga therapy is an emerging profession in North America. My mission is to help 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. Please feel free to contact me for more information:
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What is yoga therapy?
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) defines yoga therapy as “the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.” Practices include gentle physical postures, breathing practices, mindfulness, meditation, mudras 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 well-being. 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.