Laurie brings her decades long experience in yoga, massage, and movement to bear in therapeutic yoga. She creates conditions that allow for complete surrender into grace–where the body is totally at ease, the inner and outer worlds become one and time disappears. The supported poses, the musical vibrations, her instructions and adjustments and the healing energy she transmits allowed my body to repose and my mind to be at peace. This profound sense of relaxation carries forward. It remains to tap into whenever I want to recapture the feeling of tranquility. – Joan
What is Therapeutic Yoga?
Therapeutic yoga integrates restorative yoga, gentle yoga, healing touch, breathwork and guided meditation to create an environment that supports the body, mind and spirit in the process of healing. The word ‘healing’ means the process of reuniting, restoring and returning to oneness. Therapeutic Yoga provides the tools to facilitate this process.
Restorative yoga plays an essential role in Therapeutic Yoga. It uses props like blankets, bolsters and blocks to support the body in postures that are held for 5-15 minutes. The poses are deeply rejuvenating and bring forth a quiet exploration and deep release from stress and the concerns of life. Each pose is designed to have specific benefits and is held without exerting effort. It is in finding comfort and surrender that the benefits of Therapeutic Yoga can be received.
Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga
The benefits of Therapeutic Yoga are derived by creating an atmosphere of relaxation in the body, mind and spirit. As the body relaxes, energy is directed to the processes of repair and rejuvenation. From that place of deep rest, natural healing emerges, equilibrium is restored and energy is revitalized.
Therapeutic Yoga stretches, lengthens and releases tension from the muscles. It improves posture. It frees the intercostal muscles and the diaphragm, opens the chest, increases circulation throughout the body and gives abdominal organs more space and circulation.
By releasing physical holding patterns, the practice of Therapeutic Yoga can alter mental holding patterns as well. There is the potential for deep emotional release and restructuring of mental patterns. New mental connections are created that relate to relaxation and positivity.
Therapeutic Yoga invites vital energy to awaken and flow through of the body. This movement encourages a state of wholeness, balance and health.
Therapeutic Yoga Sessions
One-on-one Therapeutic Yoga sessions are designed to meet the needs of the individual. For the first session, an assessment sheet is filled out and time is taken to discuss various areas of discomfort in the body. From the assessment, the direction for the rest of the session can be made… a selection of restorative poses, gentle yoga and other tools from the Therapeutic Yoga toolbox. Sessions typically last for 60-90 minutes.