Yoga Therapy vs Yoga Classes

C-IAYT, 9/2016

Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.  ~ International Association of Yoga Therapists

 

The most significant difference in a yoga therapy class is the intention of the practice.  Yoga therapy is the application of yoga (practices) for health & wellness. Classes are “topic” driven.  One class might focus on heart health, in another digestive function might be covered. Stress management and balancing the hormones are very popular topics. Each class addresses the entire body: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  Because of the breadth of information and experience to be gained, yoga therapists need more advanced training.  I’ve blogged about this in the past.  Look for the trademark to be sure you are working with a master level yogi.   Visit  IAYT Website to see a complete profile of all certified yoga therapists.

Yoga Therapy Classes are typically 90 minutes.  It’s pretty hard to complete our process in less.  During class, a topic will be introduced with some discussion.  Then practices  are chosen to help integrate the information into the body.  We begin our practice time with a seated body scan and forming an intention., and we chant OM.  After that we practice all 8-Limbs of Yoga including: pranayama, asana, expressive movement, nada yoga, dharana, dhyana, yoga nidra, and meditation fill up our time.  Every class is different and the practices are chosen to accommodate the students attending.

All are welcome.  Chairs & Assorted Props are available.