What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a form of holistic healing or integrated medicine that uses the ancient science of yoga to enhance health and well-being. It adapts the practice of yoga to address specific health conditions as well as preventative habits in groups or with individuals. Students are given a range of tools which they continue to develop with their teacher and on their own. The tools and techniques of therapeutic yoga may include physical poses (asana), breath work (pranayama), meditation, mudra, imagery, deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra) and Ayurveda. Each of these traditional facets of yoga work in conjunction to reconnect the client to him/herself at all levels – from the physical body to the breath, the energetic body, mind and emotions and the spirit. This approach sees the human being as an integrated body-mind-spirit system that is at its best when all parts are in a state of dynamic balance.

Yoga Therapy compliments the healing process on all levels.  It is self-empowering; the student is his/her own healer.  Some of the benefits of yoga therapy include: being more mindful, a balanced nervous system and stronger immune system, increased energy, more flexibility and strength in both body and mind. Whatever cycle you are in in your life, Yoga Therapy makes it better – better may only mean bearable or better may mean overpowering joy.

Yoga Therapy is often a last resort: individuals have tried other healing modalities that provide temporary comfort or depend on the practitioner to “fix them”.   By focusing on your “whole person”,  you can overcome physical, mental and emotional challenges that other treatments may not have been able to fully address.

Deep level changes do not happen overnight. Over time, however, yoga therapy can create permanent healing to all the levels of our being. A half hour home practice each day can bring significant changes. To this end, Megan works with you to develop a realistic, comfortable practice.

Yoga Therapy can help with a wide range of issues including:

  • structural rehabilitation
  • chronic pain
  • injury and surgery recovery
  • cancer and cardiac treatment
  • anxiety and depression
  • osteoporosis
  • arthritis
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • insomnia
  • traumatic brain injury
  • nervous system disorders
  • grief
  • addiction

Testimonials

I could not be happier with my private sessions with Megan! They gave me more than the results I was hoping for; first session to help bring down high blood pressure and a second session to help with anxiety. Currently, my blood pressure is below the doctors recommendation and as for anxiety, I’m back to being a calm person.

- Geri

“Though my laminectomy and L3-S1 fusion was successful (2 rod’s and 8 screws!) I partnered with Megan for private Yoga Therapy sessions knowing my body needed better attention to find fullness of strength and flexibility.  And after six months of Megan’s guidance, I have recovered functionality that I haven’t had in years. Megan has helped me understand my body, listen to my body and engage my body as it has been intended to be used. Most importantly, my time with Megan has taught me that strength and flexibility was just a piece of what I needed; it has also supported me growing in awareness of and entering more fully into the moment.”

- Denise

Are you seeking out a yoga therapist because you:

Want to learn more about yoga, including meditation, pranayama and philosophy ?

Do not feel ready for a group class or enjoy group classes but want to find ways to individualize your practice?

Have an injury and/or experience chronic pain?

Would like to improve your flexibility, range of motion, strength and/or balance?

Are recovering from an illness or surgery?

Experience fatigue, sleeplessness, stress, anxiety, depression or grief?