If you have studied yoga with me for a while, you have likely already noticed subtle, positive changes in your life. This may show up as general equanimity, ease and fulfillment that naturally occurs from your weekly practice. This is fantastic and now is the time to go deeper!
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Now is the time to naturally move into a deeper commitment and into the next level of health and wellness. Please contact me for this life changing work or call me at
415-259-8900 for prices and scheduling.
Why not go deeper?
A student usually requests a private yoga session with me for 3 specific reasons:
1. You are interested in learning more about physical alignment, breathing techniques or meditation issues that pertain to your particular body. These requests are from beginners up to intermediate students or those that are coming back to practice after injury. The sessions are designed to help you find strength and confidence in your practice so you can join or re-join group classes safely.
2. There is a specific posture you would like to master on all levels. We practice step by step on all levels of awareness: Physical, mental, emotional and the energetic.
3. You are experiencing a time of immense change, transition and upset where one-on-one Yoga Therapy can take your commitment to a new and exciting level. I work with chronic diseases like cancer, low back pain, anxiety and depression. These issues can be debilitating and interrupt your life and life-force. Yoga therapy is a powerful tool for the committed individual who is willing to practice in the intimacy of a one-on-one ongoing relationship and co-creation. Many of you are feeling that pull of inspiration and I am ready to help you take this next step. These are perfect times to work with this new perspective on life that all of us are experiencing.
Yoga verses Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy has become the new buzzword of the yoga world. What is it really? Isn’t yoga a therapeutic practice anyway? What is the difference between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session? To illustrate the difference, let’s break it down, differentiating between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session, and a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist.
Yoga Class vs. Yoga Therapy Session
People attend yoga classes for a variety of reasons but they usually start out seeking exercise within a community. Along the way, they may discover that yoga has more to offer that just a physical workout; they may find an interest in pranayama, meditation or chanting. Yoga classes offer students a variety of techniques so they can learn different ways to explore this ancient health care maintenance system.
A yoga therapy session is more specific: it is all about you and your issue(s). A yoga therapist’s goal is to investigate your specific symptoms and offer personalized solutions for controlling and/or mitigating them.
Yoga Teacher vs. Yoga Therapist
A yoga teacher should be trained in both the art and science of yoga as well as effective teaching methods. A good yoga teacher knows how to assess the needs of the students in any given class and teaches techniques that will be of interest to that group as well as enhancing their general knowledge of yoga.
A yoga therapist is a yoga teacher who further trains to assess the needs of and determines an intervention for an individual. Yoga therapy training involves in-depth study of a range of conditions along with the corresponding therapeutic interventions.
Let’s look at an example: You have developed low back pain that often keeps you up at night. Attending a gentle yoga class helps to ease that pain for a while as you learn to coordinate your breath to movement. However, you are still not finding enough relief to be able to sleep well at night. You go to visit a yoga therapist, who asks you a variety of questions about your life, your work, your habits, and your diet, and works over a period of time to develop a personal practice that will directly address the specific, current issues that are preventing you from feeling relief.
What your first session looks like:
The first session requires 75-90 minutes. Together we discuss what brings you to Yoga Therapy and then through questions about your health and lifestyle, decide upon your top priorities. From there, I ask you to do some simple yoga movements to access your range of motion or places of immobility. From this assessment, I suggest a short term and long term plan and send you home with a prescriptive sequence especially designed to address your top priority.
I offer session packages to help make certain you have guidance and support along this new path to new habits and ultimate freedom. As a Certified Yoga Therapist, through the international Association of Yoga therapy ( IAYT) my goal is to empower you to learn about your own body and to guide you into understanding the best Yoga practices and adaptations that bring about continued balance and peace into your life.