Yoga Therapy

A therapeutic approach

Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, Yoga Therapy is the application of specific practices for the individual. All aspects of a person are accounted for within a session which involves holding space so the person can be seen and heard without expectation to show up in any other way. A practice will be designed to suit them on the day, this will be revised overtime, and can be prescribed to continue with at home.

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What is yoga therapy

Yoga Therapy empowers and supports individuals to find optimal health and wellbeing by applying specific Yoga practices to their needs.

Ill health and chronic injury are often compounded by multiple contributing factors. Yoga Therapy uses a holistic approach to assist an individual’s health and will usually encompass the wellbeing of the whole person rather than focusing on a single condition.

The tools that a Yoga Therapist may use include asana (postures), pranayama (breath awareness and techniques), mudra (gestures), relaxation, meditation, dietary advice, lifestyle counselling and self-development guidance.

Yoga Therapy is generally engaged by way of individual consultation, although small therapeutic groups may be offered once a practice has been established.

Yoga therapy is a healing modality which compliments other therapies and treatments. You do not need to have prior Yoga experience to benefit from Yoga Therapy.

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What is a yoga therapist

A Yoga Therapist is an experienced Yoga Teacher with additional qualifications, specialised skills and knowledge in the application of yoga within a therapeutic setting.

A Yoga Therapist draws from the full range of Yoga practices, bio-medical knowledge and assessment skills to establish a professional relationship with clients. Together, the therapist and client will develop a program that empowers the individual to work towards their chosen goal.

As a Yoga Therapist certificated by the AAYT (Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists) and YA (Yoga Australia) I have undertaken additional training and adhere to professional ethics, guidelines and codes relating to the practice of Yoga Therapy within Australasia.

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As a Yoga Therapist I work with individuals to help them improve their mobility, strength, balance, coordination, breathing habits, stress or anxiety levels, and their overall sense of wellbeing.

The practices I recommend may include:

  • Asana (physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances)
  • Pranayama (breath awareness and techniques)
  • Mudra (hand gestures)
  • Mantra (the use of sound and vibration)
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

Therapeutic classes can be delivered on a weekly basis and prove greatly beneficial for people with chronic conditions and disabilities.

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Therapeutic Application

Yoga has been shown to be successful in clinical practice, and is complementary to all other therapies.
Yoga Therapy works on the subtle energy systems of the body which leads it to be particularly successful in assisting recovery from autoimmune disorders and disease, chronic fatigue and pain, stress, anxiety, depression, people with complex care needs, and disabilities.

Testimonials

” Yoga therapy with Kassie was extremely helpful for me during my third pregnancy. With two young children at home, this pregnancy was challenging  physically and emotionally. My sessions with Kassie provided me with an individualised therapy plan to stay strong in body and mind. She provided detailed instructions for my home practice, and attending the sessions gave me time to myself that I greatly needed. Kassie created a space where I felt confident, calm and deeply cared for.” 

Amy Robinson

“I was a Yoga therapy client of Kassie’s while I was going through breast cancer treatment, the stretches, breathing and visualisations I did in her sessions really helped me to feel more centered and calm during the hard parts of my treatment.”

Sandie Bennett

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