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FAQ

WHAT DOES THE WORD YOGA MEAN?
The word yoga means union – union of body mind, and spirit. Union, according to the yoga tradition, is the truest expression of who you are. This is explained further by the following quote.


Yoga quote


HOW DOES YOGA WORK?
In general, each class of postures, exercises and techniques tends to have a specific effect on the body/mind:

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND THERAPEUTIC YOGA?
All yoga is therapeutic. However, therapeutic yoga is yoga with a specific focus. All postures and practices are customized to each individual's ability and comfort and the focus is on the health and wellness of the individual at all levels - physical, psychological and spiritual.

WHAT IS A THERAPEUTIC YOGA CLASS LIKE?
Classes combine a variety of yoga postures, breathing, guided imagery, deep relaxation and meditation to help reduce physical, mental and emotional stress. In a therapeutic yoga class, postures are important but guided imagery, deep relaxation and meditation are just as important in helping students reach a relaxed state of awareness, which reduces stress levels and leads to increased feelings of mental clarity, and well-being. Modifications are offered and all students are encouraged to participate at their own level of ability and comfort. A therapeutic yoga class is typically 90 minutes in length.

WHAT IS A PRIVATE THERAPEUTIC YOGA SESSION LIKE?
Private sessions are based on a therapeutic model developed by Joseph LePage, founder of Integrative Yoga Therapy: www.iytyogatherapy.com and are typically 90 minutes in length. Like therapeutic yoga classes, private sessions include a variety of yoga postures, breathing, guided imagery, deep relaxation and meditation based on the needs of the individual. One difference between a class and a private session is the amount of time spent on the Intake and Feedback process. Because each session is dedicated to one person, there is ample time for the yoga teacher to listen carefully to what the client wants and needs and then address those wants and needs in the sessions.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC YOGA?
The practice of yoga can decrease: Cholesterol levels, insulin requirements in people with diabetes, frequency of asthma attacks, coronary artery disease, chronic pain symptoms, heart rate, respiratory rate, panic, anxiety, and depression.

The practice of yoga can improve: Levels of physical fitness, exercise tolerance, body image, cardiac output, blood glucose levels, thyroid functions, functional mobility, flexibility of muscles and joints, oxygen consumption, heart and lung function, digestion, healthy alignment of the skeleton, bone strength, and effectiveness of the immune system. Yoga practice can also balance the nervous system, renew vitality and appreciation of life, relieve the negative impacts of stress and calm the mind.

HOW MUCH DOES A THERAPEUTIC YOGA CLASS OR PRIVATE SESSIONS COST?
Prices will vary from state to state but, in general, classes run from $8 - $15/per class. Private sessions are typically comparable with the cost of a therapeutic massage.

HOW DO I FIND A TEACHER?
Here are a couple of reliable sources:
www.iytyogatherapy.com
www.yogafinder.com

You can also call yoga studios in your area for suggestions

HOW WILL I KNOW IF A TEACHER IS QUALIFIED?
You will want to ask them where they studied and at what level they are certified. The recommendation is for the teacher to have at minimum a 500 - hour yoga therapist certification from a school registered with the Yoga Alliance www.yogaalliance.org .Ask to take one class for free to make sure that the teacher's style is compatible with your needs before signing up for classes or private sessions.


DISCLAIMER: The exercises on this website are safe and gentle if the directions are followed carefully. However, all physical activity carries some risk. If you have a serious health condition or any questions or doubts about the suitability of the postures and exercises in this section, please consult your doctor or other health care professional. The information provided is for your consideration only and cannot serve as a direct guide for action.