what is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is the unique adaptation of yoga practices (such as movement, breathing and relaxation) to an individual’s needs and requirements. The yoga therapy process looks to help empower individuals to move towards their optimal health and wellbeing.
Yoga therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of mental and physical health issues, including the following:
Muscular Skeletal issues
High blood pressure
How is yoga therapy different from “normal” yoga classes?
Yoga therapy is different from a yoga class or private yoga session due to its collaborative working relationship between the yoga therapist and the client. The yoga therapist brings their knowledge and experience of yoga and assessments (seeing how someone stands, moves and breathes for example) to meet with the client’s needs, priorities and goals.
Yoga therapy and the five Koshas
Yoga philosophy offers us the idea that there are five different dimensions to ourselves called ‘koshas’ which can also be described as layers or sheaths. It’s a holistic view of health, suggesting that good care and integration of all five aspects of ourselves can support our overall wellbeing.
I use the kosha model in my yoga therapy work. It helps me understand how I might best support a client, what to prioritise, and informs the choice of practices I give them.
The five koshas are:
Anamaya kosha - physical body
Pranamaya kosha - energy body
Manomaya kosha - mind/emotional body
Vijnamaya kosha - wisdom body
Anandamaya kosha - joy/bliss body
Anamaya kosha relates to the physical body. Pranamaya kosha is the energy body, our sense of vitality, breathing. Manomaya kosha is the mind, thoughts and feelings. Vijnamaya kosha is our wisdom, insight. Anandamaya kosha is our experience of joy, bliss.
When we practice yoga, we are working on nourishing these different layers for more fulfilling living. For example, we do practices to stretch and release tension from the physical body, to improve flexibility and strength. We do exercises to optimise our breathing and energy levels and to help calm the mind.
The yoga therapy process looks to support greater integration of all five levels of being.
This holistic approach to healthcare sees optimal functioning on one level of being equally as important as another.
What to expect in a yoga therapy session with me
No prior knowledge of yoga is necessary. I ask people to fill out my health questionnaire prior to the first session (of 90 minutes) which serves as the basis for a conversation with the individual about what they would like support for through yoga therapy.
A typical first session might involve looking at how someone stands, moves and breathes, setting priorities and starting to form some short-term measurable goals in agreement with the client. I then plan a practice for the client which might include elements such as movement, breathing and relaxations practices. The client has a chance to practice the plan in the session and take home a scribed version of it to continue with at home.
Follow-up sessions last an hour, and I encourage people to have at least three to five follow-up sessions to measure, monitor, adapt and build upon practices as required.
Pricing and booking
Initial Consultation | 90 mins: £120
Follow-ups | 60 mins: £90 per session
There is a 10% discount when 3 sessions are booked after and on the day of the Initial Consultation (to be used within 3 months).
Contact evolve wellness centre to schedule an appointment in South Kensington, 10 Kendrick Mews, South Kensington, London SW7 3HG.
Tel: 020 7581 4090
Alternatively, fill out my enquiry form for details of other locations in West London.