Yoga Therapy

What is yoga therapy and how can it benefit you? 


What is Yoga Therapy?

While all yoga classes can be therapeutic in nature, yoga therapy is the use of yogic practices and tools to specifically address individual conditions, whether physical or emotional.  In Yoga Therapy, we utilize breathing techniques, meditation and visualization, and poses and exercises specific to your condition.  We incorporate the use of props, such as pillows, bolsters, blocks, wedges, straps, and even chairs or a therapy table.  We discuss diet, sleep habits, and lifestyle in general, if it will assist you in your objectives.  At Breathe Grace Yoga, we tailor each and every therapy session to your needs.  

Yoga Therapy sessions address the whole person, not just a specific ache or pain.  At Breathe Grace Yoga, we will create a plan that optimizes the wellbeing of your body, mind, and spirit, while addressing the initial concerns that brought you to us.  It is our belief and the yogic belief that everything about you is interconnected.  You cannot treat achy joints without also addressing the mindset and spirit within.  You cannot combat anxiety without addressing your physical activity as well as your emotional and spiritual mindset as well.

What will a Yoga Therapy session look like?

A typical 60 minute session will incorporate the following:

  • Introduction and explanation of plan
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Yoga poses
  • Meditation & Savasana (Relaxation)
  • Discussion of Home Practice

While it is typical for a session to include breathing, physical poses, and meditation, it is not required.  If your goals are to learn meditation or breathing techniques, you can specify this and we can spend the entire session on just his aspect of yoga.

Every Yoga Therapy client will receive a home practice plan through email after the session.  This will be a detailed plan of everything that was covered during the session as well as additional suggestions discussed at the end of the session for your wellbeing.

What if I can’t move? What if I can’t stand? What if I can’t get on the floor?

Then Yoga Therapy is perfect for you.  At Breathe Grace Yoga, we meet you where you are and help you find a place where you are comfortable.  We have a variety of tools and props to help you in your session.

Yoga Therapy Services

Yoga Therapy for Arthritis

Yoga Therapy can help people with arthritis improve many physical symptoms. People with various types of arthritis who practice yoga regularly can reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function, and lower stress and tension.

Yoga poses function in a gentle way that produce a range of motion most other types of exercises do not offer.  Yoga poses move the joints in several directions, lubricating the entire joint with synovial fluid and bringing wellness back to the joint.  

Yoga Therapy can also help a person with arthritis build muscle strength and improve balance.  Yoga  offers people with arthritis a form of exercise that is enjoyable enough to do regularly.

In addition to the gentle, physical poses that take your joints through different ranges of motion, yoga therapy offers breathing techniques and meditations to help manage symptoms.  By resetting your nervous system and activating your relaxation response, you can decrease pain caused by arthritis.  

At Breathe Grace Yoga, we specialize in Yoga Therapy for Arthritis and the many conditions that fall under the arthritis umbrella.

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Erin’s Arthritis Yoga Session was exactly what my achy joints needed! As a yoga novice, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was evident that Erin thoroughly prepared for my personalized session to focus on my problem areas. I’m excited to incorporate the many diet, exercise, and mindset tips that Erin provided to keep my body as pain free as possible.

Rick O.

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Yoga Therapy for Mental Wellness

Yoga Therapy can help people suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and trauma.  People who experience symptoms of these conditions of the mind can reduce symptoms by learning tools such as pranayama (breathing techniques), asana (physical poses), meditation, and mindfulness.  

Using breathing techniques to reset the nervous system and restore the body to rest and relaxation, in and of itself, will reduce symptoms of anxiety and OCD.  Preparing the body for meditation through breathwork and then participating in a regular meditative practice will help alleviate symptoms of depression, PTSD, and trauma.  Combining these techniques with specific physical poses will unite the body, mind, and spirit in a way that will release tension, stress, and provide a safe sanctuary to feel.  

Releasing trapped emotion is often what stands at the root of conditions of the mind.  Yoga beautifully works with the mind, body, and spirit to release these emotions in a safe and healthy way, to promote mindfulness and positive energy, and to bring wholeness to each person.  

At Breathe Grace Yoga, we specialize in working with clients who suffer from trauma and/or conditions of the mind, whether diagnosed or self-experienced.  Those that are diagnosed and under the care of a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, we advise you to continue treatment and we will work alongside your therapists to provide the most optimal approach to wellness.  We understand the delicacy of each and every moment and choice and we will support you on your journey to mental wellness each step of the way.

Erin’s workshop on anxiety was such a blessing to me. It was an amazing opportunity to get to know myself better, figure out what makes me stress, and I came away with a number of tools that I have used and shared with others. The workshop consists of breathing techniques, yoga poses, yoga sequences and general helpful day to day tips to prevent and control anxiety. The workshop is scheduled right before bedtime so it’s guaranteed you will enjoy a good nights sleep!


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