What is Yoga Therapy?
Although yoga as a practice is therapeutic, there are significant differences yoga and yoga therapy, as well as a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist. Yoga is a tool-box that combines asana, meditation, and breathwork to help students achieve self-realization, while yoga therapy is the adaption and application of these tools to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage and improve their condition.
What is a Yoga Therapist?
Rather than focusing on yoga methods and practices, yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs. Their job is to understand why their clients have come to see them and determine what they can do to support them. To help them in their work, therapists are trained to assess clients through listening, questioning, observing, and appropriately touching. Therapists look for ways to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions. After assessing clients, therapists establish appropriate goals, develop a practice intervention, and then teach clients to practice that intervention. In this sense, therapists choose yoga techniques in relation to how they will specifically benefit individual clients.
The Yoga Therapy Session
The intention changes in yoga therapy sessions for individuals or groups with specific conditions. After an appropriate intake and assessment, therapists will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms. Examples include helping clients with pain management, fatigue, or sleeplessness. In addition, the therapist's role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence. Hence, the job of the therapist represents a different focus, a different type of education, and a different skill set.
Yoga Therapy at Enerchi
Here at Enerchi we offer Yoga Therapy sessions through our teacher Cody Reece. Cody is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher - Expert, has a Masters in Nursing, and is one of four registered Yoga Therapists in the state of Georgia. Whether you need help with muscle pain, recovering from injury/surgery, or simply need assistance opening up the deep structure of your body safely, Cody can help you overcome your challenges and find relief within your body. Each session is one-on-one and typically lasts an hour.