Yoga therapy is a burgeoning form of yoga practice that many in the medical field are starting to encourage as a way to heal the body and mind together. Houston Yoga is a certified yoga studio for yoga therapy with instructors who have cultivated their knowledge over decades with the aim of helping clients alleviate not only physical pain but also to improve mental health. We highly encourage students who are interested in more than just the physical aspect of yoga positions to consider therapeutic yoga as a pathway to better physical and mental health. Whether you have specific physical conditions or your want to improve your meditation practice and your overall well-being, our yoga instructors have a wealth of knowledge to help you improve your quality of life.
How Is It Different Than Other Yoga Practice
Yoga therapy isn’t just another form of yoga practice. Indeed, by nature of it’s required certification, it is vastly different than traditional forms of yoga. You can expect the yoga instructors of Westside Yoga to have more well above more than 1000 hours of training to practice yoga therapy. Our yoga therapy classes are designed to be unique and customized to the health of individual students rather than as a general group treatment. Students will find these classes typically at a slow pace to support specific physical and mental conditions such as herniated disc, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, menopause and many other areas of health concerns.
One to One Sessions or Small Groups
Our yoga therapy classes are typically one-to-one or very small group setting in order to provide customized care. Small group settings typically consist of people who share the similar physical ailments or mental health concerns. In addition, yoga therapy classes are not drop-in sessions, rather they are grouped into weeks long sessions so that students are able to build upon skills and techniques they learn at the beginning of the series. This ensures individual attention from the yoga instructor and a healthy calm progression towards improved health. This individual attention benefits everyone because we believe that every student is unique and different level of experience and ability is evaluated to ensure you receive the proper care needed to improve.
What to Expect
Unlike drop-in yoga classes, yoga therapy requires detailed consultation with each student to determine you specific needs and intentions. This together you will devise a plan of action that address your health concerns. We will document any points of pain and your mental state as well as any specific areas of concern or diagnosed ailments. We also review your physical limitations and range of motion as well as your skill at intention breathing and breathing capacity. Your posture and breathing will become a significant part of how we will improve your health and well being in addition to meditation. We stress to every client that you do not need to be a regular practitioner of yoga to benefit from the journey of yoga therapy.
First Step to Stronger Self
In yoga therapy, no one jumps head first into strong or aggressive practice. We take it slow and at an easy incremental pace that leads to a stronger pace by the end of the series. But strong isn’t the same for every person. Yoga therapy instructors take your capacity and nature of your physical condition into consideration. First and foremost yoga therapy is intended to be a therapeutic practice that takes a do no harm approach to your well-being.