1-1 Therapeutic Yoga

New to Therapeutic Yoga? Read the “What Is Therapeutic Yoga?” section first.

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Getting Started

How Do I Schedule a Session & What Does it Cost?

New clients must complete an intake session, which is 75 minutes and costs $125. A single follow up session is 60 minutes and costs $75.

Schedule my Intake Session

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

After the intake, you’ll a follow up session to review the practice designed for you, so that I can answer any questions and address any concerns you might have. After that, weekly or bi-weekly sessions are encouraged for about a month.

Depending on your commitment to your practice (i.e. doing it on your own as suggested) and the changes it creates in your mind-body system, we may then see each other monthly or after a longer period of time.

Where Do We Meet?

I am see clients in either my Waltham office or at the Watertown Center for Healing Arts in Watertown Square. (Please note both locations have a flight of stairs and are not elevator accessible.) We may also agree to meet at your home or work. I work with clients in Belmont, Boston, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, Wayland, Waltham, Weston, Wellesley, & Watertown Massachusetts.

I do not offer these sessions virtually, as I do with Mind-Body Wellness Coaching.

What is Therapeutic Yoga?

A Widely Accepted Definition

yoga therapy Newton MA Yoga therapy Waltham Yoga therapy Watertown, yoga therapy Newton MA Older woman being helped into a reclined twist stretch“. . . a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of [the teacher], implements a personalized & evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive & complementary manner. Depending on the nature of the illness, [this] can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”

–TKV Desikachar & Kaustrub Desikachar

Who is Therapeutic Yoga Good For?

Of course, I believe therapeutic yoga is good for everyone!

Therapeutic yoga affects the mind-body system on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and energetic, to name a few. A therapeutic yoga practice can make difficult situations such as lifestyle transitions, health struggles, relationship issues, and work songstress less challenging by creating space for self-inquiry, clarity, self-care, mindfulness, acceptance, and improved decision-making.

I recommend it specifically for people dealing with chronic pain or illness, sleep disturbances, emotional eating (binging, overeating), chronic dieters, those with digestive or body image issues, or high degrees of stress (especially busy professionals and care-takers of others). I use components of therapeutic yoga in all of my Mind-Body Wellness Coaching programs.

If you’re already being treated for a condition by a doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist, or therapist, therapeutic yoga can be a wonderful compliment to this work and can help sustain and/or hasten your progress.

Therapeutic yoga also offers the seasoned yoga practitioner a different perspective on the practice, and can help those already taking classes by providing a guided home practice designed by a mentor to address specific challenges.

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What Happens in a Therapeutic Yoga Session?

During the first (intake) session, we’ll talk about any health concerns you might have. We’ll also discuss your goals for practice, your schedule and lifestyle, etc. Then I will ask you to move and/or breathe in certain ways. I will assess your posture, strength, flexibility, breath capacity, concentration, and level of body awareness. We’ll see what movements you enjoy and what movements are unpleasant (and why). From this exploration I’ll create a customized, therapeutic yoga practice for you.

Typical short term goals include:

  1. Reducing pain through focus, breath, motion, &/or release
  2. Stretching what’s chronically contracted
  3. Strengthening what’s chronically weak
  4. Exploring and learning from results
Long term goals can include:

  1. Positive change in lifestyle habits
  2. Maintaining favorite activities
  3. Improving daily function
  4. Establishing a greater sense of well-being
A therapeutic yoga practice may include:

  • Postures & movements to promote body awareness, postural support, stability, strength, & flexibility.
  • Techniques to promote breath awareness; linking that breath awareness to body posture & movement.
  • Use of sound to promote mental focus & positive affirmation for self-confidence & well-being.
  • Visualization techniques to promote internal awareness or to direct attention in a particular way.
  • Meditative techniques to promote stress reduction & pain relief and to increase concentration.
  • Lifestyle practices to promote healthy habits in daily life.

What Are Your Qualifications?

Watch Some Examples

Below are small snippets of therapeutic yoga practices. You can find more examples on my YouTube channel.

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