According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (the certifying organization for the field), Yoga Therapy is “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga”. Applying a wide variety of physical exercises/postures (asanas), specific breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, hand gestures (mudras), and guidelines for lifestyle and relationships as they are relevant to the client, yoga therapy aims to aims to enhance awareness and support balance of the mutual interaction of body, breath, mind, intellect, emotions, and spirit. In the relationship between client and yoga therapist, specific symptoms will be identified and their underlying imbalances targeted with applicable yoga practices.
“When we cultivate awareness, honesty, and acceptance within ourselves, we are better equipped with the tools to truly listen, to live more fully, and to approach others with compassion.”
-Irene Bright-Dumm, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT