Yoga TherapyIf injury or pain has you sidelined and is limiting your ability to live your life to the fullest, you may benefit from yoga therapy.  Yoga therapy differs from that of a regular yoga class.  Your body may need more care and attention; and perhaps a slower pace than regular yoga until you release the source of pain and unravel what needs unravelling.

Having experienced chronic pain first hand, from a MVA, I know how much yoga can help in bringing my body back to a place of ideal functioning.  However, I was spending time at regular yoga classes and at first I was not going away feeling better than when I arrived.  Sometimes I experienced more pain.  I had to dial back from traditional yoga for awhile and begin by doing less, more often.  That was difficult.  As someone who was a competitive athlete in my younger days I liked to push hard.  It was very challenging to wrap my head around the fact that less really is more.  Eventually I saw that I made much greater gains with less effort and in a shorter amount of time.

Building strength on top of tension will not help you in your quest to increase range of motion.   You need pure movement.  What I’ve learned is that the location of the pain is not typically the location of the actual dysfunction.  If you’ve been living with pain, you’ve probably created ways to compensate that may, in turn, result in greater dysfunction.  Different areas of the body need to be worked on and that will effect change in other areas.  To see positive change, start with rebuilding mobility, stability and then adding strength.  Doing so will require working through a series of poses customized to your specific abilities and that will assist you to develop these areas along with core/pelvic floor stability and strength.  With this slower paced program, you are able to return your body to a place of balanced function, experience less pain and eventually return to your list of pursuits and activities you enjoy whether it be traditional yoga classes, running, cycling, golfing or skiing – the possibilities are endless!

There are some great therapeutic style yoga classes out there, but if you are looking to meet a timeline, training for a specific goal or for something more personal and customized to your body, you may want to work one on one with an instructor.  I offer private yoga therapy instruction within your space or in my private home studio environment.  Classes can be suited to your needs and may be weekly, monthly or bimonthly.  There are many options and your success is based on working together and creating a program that you will continue in your own time as well.  You let me know what is realistic for you, can you commit for a short time each day, an hour/week or a couple times a month?   We build a program suited to fitting it into your life and ensuring that during that time, you work pain free.  The results will astound you and get you back to the life you were meant to live.

“Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step – large and small – with courage and intent.” ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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