“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”
WHAT IS A YOGA THERAPIST?
A Certified Yoga Therapist is not the same as a Yoga Teacher. They are not an Instructor with a therapeutic speciality or a yoga teacher with some extra training in healing through yoga. A Certified Yoga Therapist is a specially trained professional whose education and experience has been reviewed and approved to meet standards set by a governing body. My own Yoga Therapy training was in addition to my original 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and took over 500 hours of in-person study at The Minded Institute in London over 18 months. This was in addition to reading, coursework, asana practice, homework and essays.
Since 2014 I have been acting as a Supervisor for The Minded Institute helping to train, mentor and support new Therapists https://themindedinstitute.com/supervisor-support-for-yoga-therapy-teachers/judith-davis/
WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?
Yoga therapy works through using yoga postures, movement, breathwork, stretching, lifestyle choices and relaxation to address specific challenges in life. These can be physical and mental issues of any kind.
Entering Yoga Therapy is a commitment to your health and a wish to make changes in your daily life to enhance your wellness. It can be as simple as a wish to prevent injury and disease by boosting physical strength or your immune system. Or it can go deeper and start to release long standing patterns of physical and/or mental patterns of behaviour. You may have already worked on these patterns or issues using talking therapy practices. Yoga therapy can often bring relief from challenges in life that have not been helped by a talking therapy, or indeed, it can work alongside another therapy.
HOW DOES IT WORK IN PRACTICE?
Yoga Therapy is a personal practice tailored to suit you and your individual needs. Normally there will be a series of 3 – 6 sessions, but sometimes one session is all it takes to re-set your lifestyle and develop and plan a new way forward.
THE FIRST SESSION: usually lasts 1.5 hours and will involve:
Going through the detailed intake form which you will have completed and handed to me prior to the session. We will discuss the issues you would like to address and the results you would like to see. We will explore your health history, lifestyle, goals, posture, pain, and movement.
We will create a practice which responds to your specific needs and goals. The direction of our work will be guided by an Assessment completed during our first session.
I will teach you some, or all, of the following to take away with you and to help enhance your wellbeing:
Based on our findings and your goals I will develop a tailor-made plan for your needs that may include postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, lifestyle enrichment; and movements and practices from other disciplines.
SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS will last for one hour and will involve working together to bring about the desired changes. This will involve a commitment to yourself to practice at home for at least 20 minutes in the morning and evening at least three times a week but preferably and for the best results, every day.
REHABILITATION AND PAIN MANAGEMENT
Private yoga therapy is helpful for those seeking to develop a home practice, looking for expert guidance as they recover or rehabilitate in any way, help in managing pain or symptoms of illness or learning how to safely enter group classes
NB There are no prerequisites for beginning yoga therapy. You do not need to be flexible, spiritual, or peaceful in any way. The only requirement is a sincere wish to open, grow and fulfil your highest potential along with a commitment to yourself
Currently all sessions are being carried out
ONLINE using Zoom
- First Session (1.5 hours): £60.00
- Course of five one-hour sessions taken in consecutive weeks: £200.00
- Drop in Yoga Therapy Sessions (1 hour): £45.00 per session
CONCESSIONS AND FREE SESSIONS FOR NHS WORKERS AND THOSE IN NON-WAGED FAMILIES
NB if less than 24 hours notice is given to cancel a session the full cost may be charged