What is the Difference Between Yoga & Yoga Therapy?

woman doing camel pose along the shore

A lot of you have asked me this question, so I wanted to shed a little light on the subject to clear up any confusion out there.

What’s the difference between regular yoga and yoga therapy?

When most people think of yoga, they think of tall, skinny, bendy women lined up on yoga mats next to other tall skinny, bendy women all doing their most zen-looking headstand.

While this looks awesome on TV, it doesn’t really represent real life.
Yoga is really about “yoking the body and mind.” Yoga can be done on or off your head, skinny or not so skinny, in a class or not!

Unlike a yoga instructor (who may or may not stand on her head), a Certified Yoga Therapist has undergone specialized training to work therapeutically with individual clients in a specialized way to address specific emotional or physical conditions.

A Yoga Therapist, in partnership with the client, facilitates healing beyond the physical body, often relieving the nagging symptoms and discomforts that have been disrupting their lives.

The philosophy behind yoga therapy is that physical symptoms often have a root cause deeper within the body, and the DIS-ease or discomfort in the body will continue unless the root cause in the subtle body is addressed and healed.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist, I regularly see patients who struggle with:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Knee or Hip Replacement
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Back Pain
  • Anxiety

Sound familiar?

If you, or someone you know, has ongoing or unresolved issues (emotional or physical), Yoga Therapy can be a highly beneficial treatment option.

If you are unsure if Yoga Therapy can help you, or would like to know more about Yoga Therapy and its benefits, click here to book a free session with me. Your first strategy consultation is always free of charge so you can see if Yoga Therapy is right you.