Yoga therapy is yoga that’s custom tailored to the individual’s needs and goals through intake and assessment. Yoga therapy can take place one-on-one or in a group – in a group, all students would have a similar condition or goal (e.g., we run monthly workshops for topics like insomnia, headaches, back pain, etc.). You can think of yoga therapy as existing in between physical therapy and psychotherapy and since yoga therapy is a mind-body therapy, yoga therapists have training to address physical, emotional, and psychological challenges.
Yoga therapy is a great choice when you have a specific condition or goal that you want to work on holistically. We love to collaborate with other health care providers and are happy to be in touch with your medical team (e.g., physical therapist, orthopedist, psychotherapist) in order to ensure complementary care. Here are a couple examples of when to think of yoga therapy:
– You have physical AND psychological or emotional things you’d like to work on (e.g., headaches and anxiety, depression and low back pain).
– You want to know how to modify/adapt a yoga practice for your unique needs before taking group classes (e.g., you have a recent injury or newly diagnosed condition).
For one-on-one yoga therapy, we can work with you in-person at Tangerine Yoga or at your home as well as online. We have appointments available at Tangerine Yoga at noon Monday – Thursday. Laura is available to travel to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens for in-home appointments and Sakina is available to travel to those three Boroughs as well as New Jersey. Your first visit with us would be a 75 minute initial intake and assessment with 60 minute follow-up visits. The number of sessions and frequency is up to the individual and after an assessment, the yoga therapist can also make an informed recommendation.
Laura and Sakina are both certified yoga therapists (C-IAYT) with Master of Science degrees in Yoga Therapy. Laura and Sakina met in their graduate program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), which is the only Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program in the country. Laura specializes in working with people who have cancer and/or anxiety while Sakina specializes in working with athletes.