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


“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.”

- D.E.

“I reached out to Megan for her expertise to help with a diagnosis from my gynecologist of pelvic hypertonicity. The doctor referred me to physical therapy for pelvic floor exercises and biofeedback. On a scale of 1-10, I was a 7: hypertonic; “Normal is 2-3”. The PT didn’t really give me any “homework” to do, except to breathe and relax every hour. I brought up yoga in our conversation and she said yes, that would help. I called Megan to make a yoga therapy appointment. She knew exactly what I was talking about. Megan did more for me in 90 minutes than PT. We did stretches and breathing specifically for the pelvic floor. She brought awareness, visualization,and alignment to my whole body that stems from our “sitz bones” the base of the pelvis. I felt empowered as I left her studio. The following day, she emailed me with a review of what we covered and written instructions. When I return to my gynecologist, she was amazed at how hypotonic I had become and I shared this same story with her. Eastern Medicine beats Western Medicine in the Pelvic Floor realm.”

- G.B.