Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.
~ International Association of Yoga Therapists
Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.
In our modern world when we come to Yoga we all carry imprints from our past, our own traumas, losses, physical and emotional problems. There is no one in the modern world who has not experienced suffering in one form or the other. The journey of Yoga is a journey from dukham( a sense of constriction) to sukham (expansion of our own Self), a journey from daurmanasya (negative thought forms) to saumanasya (a positive outlook), a journey from angamejayatva (uneasiness and disease in the body) to sthiram sukham (stability and ease) and a journey from svasa prasvasa (a breath that is heavy and constricted) to dirgha suksma ( a breath that is long, flowing and subtle).
As Yoga Teachers in the modern world we need to address everyone who comes in their holistic complexity with all the mental, emotional, psychological and physical obstacles that prevent the student from pursuing their spiritual path.
Therefore Yoga Therapy becomes an essential element of Yoga, helping people remove blockages and obstacles in their different levels of being.
Heyam Dukham Anagatam
The suffering yet to come is to be avoided!
At Jai, yoga therapy is defined as; the implementation of the tools of yoga for the benefit and improvement of stress and pain management in individuals suffering with physiological, metabolic, structural, or psychological imbalances in body, mind or spirit, in an integrative and holistic approach that compliments conventional and behavioral medicine and physical therapy modalities.
The Jai Yoga Integrative Therapy Office is located in Arlington Virginia. Jai Yoga Therapy assigned practices may include, but are not limited to; Asana, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Kinesiotherapy, Meditation, Somatic Movement, Mindfulness practices, Bodywork, Sound Therapy, Chanting, personal ritual and Prayer. Individual consultations also include, but are not limited to; directed study, discussion, nutrition and lifestyle counseling.
As a Professional Yoga, Mindfulness Educator and Integrative Therapist, my years of study in Kinesiology, Pathophysiology and Functional Anatomy have helped train me to observe and detect physical limitations within the body and offer clients a personalized integrative approach to rehabilitation and recovery from injury, surgery, illness, and chronic pain from various conditions and disorders. In this individual and personalized applicatIon, integrative tools are utilized to reduce pain, anxiety and suffering in order to return total balance back to the body, mind and sprit.
Personalized one-on-one sessions and specialized group programs for veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD are available, as well as other dedicated programs that serve both civilian and military populations facing the challenges of severe trauma, stress, abuse, addiction and anxiety.
The goal of these programs is to help specific populations develop the tools necessary to restore balance, aid recovery in the body and reintegrate back into a renewed sense of peace and an improved, resilient and sustainable lifestyle.