What is Yoga Therapy
According to IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.
For us, in Yoga Therapy Greece it is the way to recognize the dysfunctional patterns of moving, breathing, thinking, living and replace them with a more mindful patterns that support the health and wellbeing at all levels of being through a holistic self-care mind and body personalized yoga practice.
In Yoga Therapy Greece we design personalized therapeutic and transformative practices based on the individuals’ personal needs, capabilities and overall lifestyle and we motivate and empower people to believe and to become their best version of themselves.
Yoga Therapy is a way to better know yourself, take control of symptoms, change to what you want to be through short and easy to do yoga practices that make you feel better, healthier, stronger, calmer, happier.
Yoga Therapy can serve to be preventative, curative and quite often as a means to manage a condition. It looks at an individual as a whole and thereby helps in restoring on a physical, psychological and emotional level.
In most cases, our physical bodies manifest chronic illness and disease as a result of longstanding emotional and psychological imbalances and even sudden traumas, some of which might be obvious and known and others might not be immediately understood or even remembered.
No previous experience of yoga is necessary
Yoga Therapy is an investment towards your health and your peace of mind. If you are feeling stuck in poor health and can’t find relief or improvement through conventional medical treatment, try a personal Yoga Therapy session.
Benefits of Yoga Therapy
Through individualized yoga practices that include specific modified yoga postures, breathing techniques and guided relaxation, meditation or yoga nidra:
- You gain control over symptoms of illness or injury
- You gain a better breathing capacity healthier – pain free movement pattern.
- You cope better with stress and difficult emotions
- You sleep and you function better
Where it helps
Hundreds of robust research articles prove the effectiveness of yoga therapy in many physical, psychological and emotional health issues such as:
- Stress related and mental health conditions such as Insomnia, Headaches, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Musculoskeletal issues such as chronic pain, CRPS, Fibromyalgia, Neck and Shoulders, Wrists, Low and Upper Back pain, Hips, Knees and Feet, as well as Kyphosis and Scoliosis.
- Auto immune disorders such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson, Psoriasis etc.
- Digestive problems like Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Women’s Health Issues such as Fertility, Menopause, Incontinence, Breast Cancer
- Cardio-respiratory conditions such as Hypertension, Asthma, COPD, Cystic fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, COVID-19.
- Grief, Trauma, Addictions, Eating Disorders
- Immune Challenges like HIV and Auto-immune conditions
Personal Yoga Therapy Sessions
Individual sessions allow for a therapeutic relationship to develop between practitioners and the yoga therapist, where current life situation is fully taken into account in the formulation of a short and easy to do personalized yoga practice with some changes in daily routine that may also be very useful.
At least, the first Yoga Therapy Session lasts 90 minutes. The practice uses the entire spectrum of yoga tools that includes yoga postures, breathing techniques and guided relaxation or meditation that is aimed towards supporting the individual to better cope/manage the specific challenges.
In accordance with the ayurvedic and yogic principles, with the latest neuroscience and physiotherapy evidence-based practices, with compassion and sensitivity, with a deep understanding of the energy body and the influential role of the mind, a short, personalized yoga therapy program is developed for you at the first session. This is based on the Confidential Health Information Form (download here),completed by you and sent by email to email@example.com, at least 24 hours prior to your appointment (If you do not want to put your whole name, you can put just your initials in the health form).
In the first session expect to discuss your health, lifestyle, your needs and your expectations. Besides the motivational and compassionate interview, we will see the way you breath, stand, and move since they may influence you. Then we develop together a short and easy to do yoga practice that makes a big difference to you and your particular needs of this period. You take this practice as daily self-care home practice of 15-20 minutes, that makes you feel much better.
The next session usually takes place soon after the first consultation in order to see whether the practice needs any modification or empowerment. This pattern of checking and refining continues, with the intervals between sessions usually becoming gradually longer. Most of the people come for about 4 sessions in 8 weeks, the minimum time for any practice to show its full effectiveness, as the research trial keep showing. Others prefer to continue to come back or continue at intervals of, perhaps, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. And some are happy to do their initial practice forever. This is not prescriptive and changes as each one of us are unique and have our own needs and requirements.
Any ongoing treatment can continue uninterrupted and unhampered by this complementary and integrative health and wellbeing mind and body transformative tool.
For those that practice yoga already, they find out which the right yoga practice is for them based on Ayurvedic constitution and their special needs.
Yoga Therapy Groups (we are sorry that they take place only in Greek for now)
Yoga Therapy groups are aimed at people who have specific and common health conditions or symptoms and would like to gain through a safe holistic practice a better management of their symptoms.
The simple and specific yoga practices given to the group each week are based on the latest research articles, the experience of the certified C-IAYT yoga therapist Evi Dimitriadou and the excellent collaboration with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Nikos Sorras.
In addition to weekly group practices that include movement, breathing exercises and guided relaxation, you get a brief personal practice with the most important items to support you on a daily basis.
At the end of 8 weeks you will have learned a complete yoga practice, a practice that you can continue even after the end of our group meetings.
Practices are taught to small groups online, at specific times and days. You are welcomed to participate after sending us our confidential health information form completed or sending us a written approval from your doctor.
The cost is 100 euros for the 8 weekly group classes and the personal home practice that you acquire from the 1st week and is gradually enriched.
If you are interested in being part of the Yoga Therapy Groups, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The next groups start online on October 19 and will meet every Tuesday until December 7.
- Group for COVID-19 patients, 14.00-15.00
- Group ‘Ladies over 60+’ (Osteoporosis, Balance, Incontinence) 16: 00-17: 00
- Group for Hypertension 18: 00-19: 00
- Group for Grief 21: 00-22: 00 – Free
Book a Yoga Therapy Session
3. Enjoy a private Yoga Therapy Session
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do the Yoga Therapy Sessions last?
Every Yoga Therapy Sessions lasts 90 minutes.
I have never practiced yoga. Can I have Yoga Therapy?
No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Am I too old for Yoga Therapy?
No you are not too old for yoga therapy. As long as you can breath and move, you can enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Do I have to practice for 90 minutes each day?
You will practice only 15 minutes per day or even every second day by your own.
I live far away and I can not come 2-3 times a week. Is there another way?
You can come only once or you can come every 2-3 weeks for 2-3 months, or even we can meet through skype.
We meet for you to learn what helps and how to do it. You will do your tailored made practice by yourself. You do not need to see me often at all.