What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is the evidence-based application of yoga postures, exercises, mindfulness, meditation and breath work to address a client’s specific needs, whether it be to improve function and mobility or address other physical, emotional or mental symptoms the client is experiencing.
This new modality, with roots in ancient practice, is based on the understanding that human beings are made of five living domains: physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual, and when one of these domains malfunctions, all the others are affected, creating a unique experience of pain.
Yoga therapists are trained to do a thorough intake and assessment and develop an individualized plan to help the client move toward their goals regardless of any limitations.
Yoga therapy can help with the following conditions (including, but not limited to):
- Muscle or joint pain
- Anxiety and depression
- PTSD and other trauma
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Prenatal and postpartum symptoms
Yoga therapy is complementary to other modalities including massage therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychotherapy.
Our yoga therapist, Lara De Luca Truppo, is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), holds a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).
Want to learn more about yoga therapy? Check out the International Association of Yoga Therapists for more info.
Yoga Therapy Services
In addition to one-on-one sessions, we hold small group classes and workshops. More detailed descriptions can be found below.
Initial Session (90 minutes)
During the initial 90-minute intake session, Lara will review the information collected prior to the session with you, including your health history and concerns, as well as your lifestyle practices. A physical, postural, and breath assessment may be performed.
Lara will explain the foundations of this multidimensional practice, which is designed to explore the subjective causes of suffering and pain.
Lara will then guide you through some easy and restful poses relying on yoga props to lengthen and open areas of the body that are typically overworked. Yoga props include mats, blankets, bolsters, chairs, straps, and a wall.
When your body senses an experience of relaxation, it begins to open to flexibility, which helps to tap into personal strength. Book now
You will leave your first follow-up session with a customized therapeutic plan to meets your goals and concerns, and to support your practice towards increased health and wellbeing. Each follow-up session is sixty minutes in length. Book now
Small Group Classes
Intro to Gentle Therapeutic Yoga (Next Session TBD)
Lara will guide you through this restorative 60-minute class using yoga postures and supportive props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, walls and chairs. These supported and passive yoga postures allow your body to naturally release, letting go of held tension and stress. With great precision, you will be guided into position with a deep understanding of anatomy to restore healthy alignment. This support and stability invoke a restful state of healing, renewal and equanimity.
Intro to Gentle Therapeutic Yoga is a life-enhancing practice and is appropriate for anyone at any stage of life and in any physical condition, especially those with specific ailments, issues and conditions, from pregnancy-related symptoms to scoliosis. Even those with an active, dynamic practice will benefit greatly from the inner peace, rejuvenation and deep release created through this style of yoga.
This small group class is a great introduction to yoga therapy, the evidence-based application of yoga postures, exercises, mindfulness, meditation and breath work to address your specific needs, whether it be to improve function and mobility or address other physical, emotional, or mental symptoms you might be experiencing.