Yoga Therapy is the ancient science of yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person; physical, psychological and spiritual. It aims to bring balance to the body and the mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of yoga: uniting mind and body, and awakening of spirit, our essential nature.
What is the role of the Yoga Therapist?
The yoga therapist serves as a guide or mentor in the student’s journey of healing and self discovery. Rather than offering a diagnosis and treatment for a specific condition, the yoga therapist creates a safe and supportive learning environment where the student can remember and access his/her own innate healing resources.
How does it work?
Yoga therapy is based on the model of the koshas. This ancient model of the human being describes the person as a multidimensional, with the source and foundation of the person being the spiritual dimension. Yoga therapy addresses every koshic level of the person individually and as an integrated whole:
Kosha means “sheath” in Sanskrit, but gets usually translated as “body”. The five koshas are the Yogic way of accounting for the different aspects of the human experience. Each kosha is nourished and gains clarity in different ways so that Divine consciousness can be reflected. All the koshas are permeable so that one kosha affects all the others.