What is the Difference between a Yoga Therapy Session and a Yoga Class?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A YOGA THERAPY SESSION AND A YOGA CLASS?
When you think about a yoga class the first thing that may come to mind is sun salutations or chaturanga with shavasana at the end, but you may be wondering what actually happens during a yoga therapy session?
All yoga classes are therapeutic in some way, but a yoga therapy session focuses on a specific health condition or symptom or psychological aspect that is affecting a person. Yoga therapists specifically focus on their clients’ needs, whereas a yoga teacher is more focused on guiding their students to deepen their practice of asana, meditation and pranayama.
The most important thing in a yoga therapy session is the intention and focus of the class. Unlike a traditional yoga class where a teacher would be able to manage a group setting with adjustments and modifications, a yoga therapy session calls for a more specific focus. For example, there could be a yoga therapy class specifically for people with a certain back or heart condition. A yoga therapy session can even be focused on one person and their individual needs.
WHAT DOES A YOGA THERAPIST DO?
In a yoga therapy session, a yoga therapist approaches the illness of the person in a holistic and multidimensional way to help uncover the deeper root of their symptoms. Yoga therapists use yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery as tools to empower their clients and help them improve their mind, body and spirit. The yoga postures in a yoga therapy session are aimed at relieving the symptoms of their health condition. It is more effective to do a yoga therapy session one to one, for the yoga therapist to be able to focus fully on all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. In a one to one session, a yoga therapist usually analyses their client and tailors specific yoga programs for them.
There are many reasons why you should become a yoga therapist, especially if you are interested in the realms of yoga and holistic healing. There is a high demand for yoga therapists, as it is becoming an increasingly popular field with many career opportunities. Unfortunately, so many people suffer from health issues such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, depression and anxiety. Yoga therapy offers a holistic approach that can help them with their suffering. It is a field that can help so many people in the world with different health issues, and bring them relief and healing by using traditional and therapeutic yoga methods. It is even beneficial for those who are healthy, as you can learn to be healthier and have more knowledge about preventing disease in the mind and body.
Overall, participating in a yoga therapy training will allow you to grow in your career as a yoga teacher and connect you to different opportunities and clients to support them in their healing processes.
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