Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing
through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is an application of the ancient system of Yoga applied as a mind and body therapy to heal illness. Yoga therapy can be used to cure and/or manage symptoms of illness improving quality of life and maintaining wellness on all levels of being

As Yoga is a system which recognises the inseparable nature between mind, body and breath it, therefore, works on all levels of health. It can be used to treat conditions or disturbances of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual levels of being that are causing discomfort and disease

Yoga Therapy is rapidly being recognised and adopted as an allied health profession in the western medical and health care system. This is due to the growing scientific understanding of the mind-body connection and the bodies ability to heal itself. Combining this with an ever-growing body of research with our new found love of yoga in the west, it is an exciting field to be involved in the inception of this profession

Yoga therapy plays a unique and essential role in the modern-day mindbody medicine alongside medical and allied health systems

“As a Yoga Therapist, focus on increasing people’s quality of life not on curing diseases.”

T. K. V. Desikachar

What is the difference between and Yoga teacher and a Yoga Therapist?

A Yoga therapist is an experienced and highly training yoga teacher. The training requires  a minimum of 950 hrs of training as opposed to the minimum 200 hr required for a yoga teacher

As well as meeting the requirements of a Yoga teacher with at least 2 years experience, a yoga therapist has been trained over a further two years in the following areas; therapeutic relationship and counselling skills, biomedical, psychology and mental health foundations, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, yoga and the mind, yogic framework of health and wellness, yoga therapy tools, principles and skills for educating clients, professional practice and basic research skills.

“A Yoga therapist is an experienced yoga teacher with additional, specialised skills and knowledge in the application of yoga in a therapeutic setting. A yoga therapist draws from the principles of yoga and the full range of yoga practices, bio-medical knowledge and assessment skills to establish a professional relationship with clients in developing a self empowering therapeutic program appropriate to their needs.

Council of Advisors for Yoga Australia, member of the Board of Directors of the IAYT , Yoga Therpist