Yoga Therapy offers
a personal safe and effective practice for each individual to gain self-awareness, to be empowered and to be motivated, to self-manage the personal needs, conditions and symptoms.
What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application and the teachings and practices of yoga.
Yoga Therapy is a whole person approach, is a person centred instead of condition centred and is health oriented instead of condition oriented.
Yoga Therapy is a lifestyle medicine. It is a mind and body approach, a holistic, complementary and mostly integrative approach addressing each individual’s needs, covering the need for self-management and evidence informed practice, applying the biopsychosocial model.
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.
The Benefits of Yoga Therapy through individualized yoga practices that include specific modified yoga postures, breathing techniques and guided relaxation, meditation or yoga nidra!
Where it helps?
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 considered 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.
The practice uses the entire spectrum of yoga tools that include yoga postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation or meditation and occasionally positive affirmations and it is aimed towards supporting the individual to better cope/manage specific challenges.
Integrating ayurvedic and yogic principles, the most updated knowledge in psychology, neuroscience and physiotherapy, with compassion and sensitivity, and with a deep understanding of 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).
The first Yoga Therapy Session lasts 90 minutes.
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 be related with your needs. 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 following sessions may last 60 or 90 minutes.
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 research trials 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 most appropriate yoga practice for them based on their body, mind and special chronic or temporary needs.
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Learn a personal way to be physically active, the best way to breath, ways to manage stress and to become the change you want.
Book a private session
Book by email or by phone your 90 minutes private session of Yoga Therapy at the most convenient day and time for you.
Download & fill in the Confidential Health Information Form
Download the Confidential Health Information Form, fill it in and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
Enjoy a private Yoga Therapy Session
Experience with Evi, a Certified Yoga Therapist and Physiotherapist the most individualized and self healing yoga practice you ever had and take it written down with you to try it regularly.
My name is Maria P.It was in 2000 when I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. It is a very serious lung disease. It is like a chronic bronchitis with continuous inflammations in the lungs.
Every two months I was getting cold and I was seriously infected in my lungs. I had fever and I needed to take antibiotics for at least 3 weeks. I was often spitting blood and I was taking cortisone in the form of sprays and nebulizer machine. Over the last two years I was constantly sick during the winters. Almost every month I was taking antibiotics for most of the month and I was very afraid to go out to the cinema or the theater in case I got cold and infected again. Whenever I was going on an excursion I had to take my nebulizer with me. I could hardly breathe or laugh due to the severe cough and I could not complete a full sentence because I was short of breath. I was despaired. I could not accept that my life was like this. During summers I was somewhat better but still not much better.
I met Evi Dmitriadou three years ago. She had told at some point that she was studying Yoga Therapy. I asked her if she could help with my problem and she had replied with enthusiasm that she certainly can. I knew that she meant it because she is a very responsible person.
I began on 7th November 2015. When she said that this winter I will not get sick I shook my head with doubt. The first lesson was very difficult for me because I had short breath; I was coughing constantly and I was spitting but immediately after the session I felt much better.
I go once a week and I do my practice at home every day. Within 3 months, Evi gave me three yoga sequences, a short, a longer one and a full session one. I choose which one to do depending how I feel and how much time I have.
I started talking like before the chronic bronchiectasis, normally, without my breath cutting the sentences. I talk non- stop without getting tired at all! I started walking again a lot without any problem. I started living again as before. I threw the nebulizer machine and the inhalers. I owe my new life to Evi. Because I have trouble sleeping, Evi showed me a yoga sequence and I do once the one for the bronchiectasis and once the one for the nausea. So, I sleep like a baby!
I enjoy the peace and positive energy of the place.
I find that the exercises help a lot to recover.
Above all, the knowledge, the character and the overall behavior of Evi make her an excellent therapist and I am grateful to her.
Wanting to try something new, I started yoga therapy with Evi! What a surprise was, when I realized that I did not breathe properly. But I know now! What I gained is: my neck is not stiff anymore and of course I feel joy and peace every time I practice.
The reason I went to Evi was the lower back pain and the aches around most of the bones due to overall osteoarthritis. I only did three sessions with her and I truly felt relieved regarding my arthritis and aches at my lower back. I feel much better whenever I do the exercises she has written down for me, despite my condition (overall arthritis and no practicing any exercise for years) and my age (72 years).
I accidentally found out about the yoga therapy after I had a serious shoulder injury falling in the bath.
When I met Evi Dimitriadou, I realized to my surprise that the yoga therapy can successfully help a host of problems. Since then it really became part of my life for good. The benefits are much more than I could have imagined. The time I dedicate for practicing my personal sequence is the time of the day I get more connected with myself and my body.
What I appreciated most of all is that Evi’s main concern is to make all of us independent by properly learning the protocol of exercises in order for us to do them by ourselves at home.
Thank you so much Evi!
I knew even before starting Yoga Therapy that it would have many obvious advantages since it specifically targets each person health issue without worries for further damages in systems that are already challenged.
Through alignment it brings the body to balance again and reestablish the lost feeling of wellbeing again.
The disadvantages for some people like me are that I cannot concentrate easily and do my practice as often as I feel I should. Still I get a more friendly relationship with my body than ever in my life.
Regarding the Yoga Therapist, she shows enthusiasm, support, pure interest in a very warm and friendly environment.
I started private yoga therapy sessions with Evi Dimitriadou since I was feeling an intense tension in my neck and a severe grip across the left and right shoulder due to sedentary work and long hours of computer use.
Evi , focusing in my health issue, came up with simple and very effective practices that I easily learned to do by myself almost every day. Within a few lessons the stiffness and pain subsided and now I feel the problem area of my neck and shoulders softer than I have felt it for many years.
Evi is a very warm person and a great instructor with love and faith in what she does. With a true interest in each person’s problem she knows how to give a solution in the most direct way. Evi, thank you for everything!
Yoga therapy… or yoga …
There cannot be a big the difference most people say. But in reality it is a huge difference. Based on my personal experience, yoga therapy focuses on each individual personally and Evi does it with love and respect for any diversity!
Evi is amazing and unique in making you feel good. My problems were many, but Evi tirelessly, with love and patience towards me and my body, was able to identify exactly what yoga practice I needed in order to love my differences and do a daily exercise program for a better life which gradually became free of pains and disabilities!
Sharing my problems in combination with Evi’s persistence and patience brought an impressive and comprehensive result for my body and soul!
Evi, I thank you from my heart for your guidance and support!
I started yoga therapy with Evi due to problems in my lower back, neck and with arthritis.
Smiling Evi welcomes everybody with warmth that makes you feel instantly pleased. She has showed me simple exercises in a very understandable way. She has given me the yoga postures sequence written down to enable me to repeat them day by day at home.
Evi focuses on each person’s problem with utmost care and responsibility. She even adjusts the exercises depending on the strength of each individual‘s body.
After five lessons and practice at home I feel my lower back much better, much stronger. It actually hurts me less and less often.
I believe that yoga helps me learn my body better and reduces my pain!
I wish to Evi big success in applying the yoga therapy to all her students!
After a serious health problem (an immobilizing back pain and severe sciatica), which kept me in bed for at least three months with the advice and help of specialized doctors, my situation was balanced.
However, about six months ago a mild lumbago-sciatica recurred again. At that time I asked for Ms Evi Dimitriadou’s Yoga therapy services . In a very short time, by performing the specific yoga exercises and breathing techniques, I began to improve significantly from sciatica.
I owe this betterment of my condition to the patience and knowledge of Ms Dimitriadou and now (after only a few weeks) I am completely well.
She is experienced, patient and consistent. She has the ability to understand personal health problems and to get the best therapeutic results. I thank her warmly.
Still have questions?
We have the answers!
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application and the teachings and practices of yoga.Yoga Therapy for us in Yoga Therapy Greece is a holistic personalized application of yoga that takes into account the bio-energetic-psycho-socio-spiritual condition (the panchamaya kosha) of the individual and enhances self-awareness, healing and ultimately transformation, since we believe in the inherent ability of each person to become the best version of her/himself.
Yoga Therapy offers a personal safe and effective practice for each individual to gain self-awareness, to be empowered and to be motivated, to self-regulate and self-manage the personal needs, conditions and symptoms.
Yoga Therapy for us is the best possible application of yoga tools integrating yoga philosophy, ayurveda, physiotherapy, neuroscience, psychology, robust research and compassion for us and the others.
Yoga Therapy is a whole person approach, is a person centred instead of condition centred and is health oriented instead of condition oriented.Yoga Therapy is a lifestyle medicine. It is a mind and body approach, a holistic, complementary and mostly integrative approach addressing each individual’s needs, covering the need for self-management and evidence informed practice, applying the biopsychosocial model.
Yoga Therapy for us in Yoga Therapy Greece is given in a way that our graduates can offer an integrative mind and body approach for health and wellbeing and work independently or in collaboration with health professionals.
Yoga Therapy is integrating a personal way to be physically active, the best way to breath, ways to manage stress and to be motivated to become the change you want. It enhances self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion, interception & proprioception, balances the nervous system and can ultimately be a spirituality.
Yoga Therapy makes yoga non-exclusive, personal and universal. It respects the uniqueness of everyone, it reduces risks of injury, it can truly help with most chronic illnesses, it increases overall the wellbeing, it often works when more conventional approaches cannot and complements other health care systems.
Yoga Therapy focuses on stress management and building resilience, musculoskeletal conditions, fatigue and burn out, trauma and mental health conditions, respiratory and non-communicable diseases, wellbeing and quality of life, job satisfaction, empowerment, behavioural change.
Yoga Therapy is a part of yoga. Yoga classes are generally one size fits all, since the same practices are given to everybody, while the yoga teacher is unaware of the student’s relevant health information or does not know how to personalize/modify/adapt the yoga practice.
Yoga Therapy asks for an extensive knowledge in physiology, anatomy, psychology, medical conditions, relaxation techniques, interview and ability to connect and co-design personal yoga practices based on people needs.
Yoga Therapy in a 1-2-1 setting consists of an intake discussion, breathing assessment, posture and movement assessment and then a co-design of a personal practice with modified yoga tools.
Yoga Therapy tools can be movements or postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama), relaxation techniques and meditation practices, repetition of positive affirmations (mantras).
At least 4 yoga therapy sessions are necessary for the development and learning of the most appropriate personal practice unless there is need for mental health support or a behavioural change.
As a client you should expect a short interview about the reasons you came for and your main goals. A breathing assessment showing the breathing pattern and the condition of the nervous system, a postural and movement assessment which will show the structural tendencies and the ways to attend them. After these 4 steps, the yoga therapist with you will co-design a safe, easy to do, effective and often short practice for you to do that will make you feel much better from the very first session.
Yoga Therapy is given to groups in the corporate environment, to students and teachers in the education system, to health professionals and to group of people with common conditions or symptoms such as breast cancer patients, people suffering from insomnia, depression, anxiety, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, hypertension etc.
No. Yoga Therapy can be preventive, therapeutic and palliative.
Yoga Therapy can be for everybody who wants to have a personal yoga practice for any need. It is ideal for people who for various reasons don’t want to or have no time to attend a longer yoga class in a studio which may be far away.
To be a yoga teacher the minimum requirement is 200 hours studies on yoga, while to become a Certified Yoga Therapist the requirement is to study at least 800 hours.
A yoga teacher knows how to design yoga classes while a yoga therapist knows how to develop personal yoga practices based on specific needs and abilities of the individual or a special group.
A good yoga therapist must have studied yoga therapy for years and ideally concluded a IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training, attaining the highest Certificate in the yoga world and be a C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
A yoga therapist must be practicing yoga therapy, must has good testimonials and a website where you can read about their work.
A yoga therapist must be able to design a personal practice that makes sense for your own specific needs and conditions.
A yoga therapist might also be a health professional such as physiotherapist or psychologist.
Yoga Therapy can be offered in a variety of settings from your own private practice to a yoga studio or other facility. It is offered face to face and online, in 1-2-1 sessions, in groups, mentoring and teaching yoga teachers, in workshops for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners, in retreats for special groups and health professionals, in videos and books and in developing small and efficient programs for businesses, schools etc.
Yoga Therapy can be given in your own private practice, in yoga studios, yoga schools, in health clubs and spas, in schools, in corporate environments, in specialty associations, in military facilities, in complementary health care settings, in parks and public recreation centres, in people’s homes and online.
Yoga Therapy in a group setting consists of a personal intake, breathing assessment, postural and movement assessment but the yoga therapy is given to a group of people with the same condition, similar symptoms or stage of treatment. It usually takes place in 8 yoga therapy classes, on a weekly basis.