“Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class.” ~ Larry Payne
Diana combines her extensive training in yoga with her background in kinesiotherapy, exercise science, rehab Pilates, many special medical conditions as a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and more subtle anatomy training as a Reiki Master, Holistic Psychologist, Licensed Spiritual Healer, and Board Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner. She creates a program of healing and growth specific to each client and uses all branches of yoga including the physical, mental, and energetic/physical realms.
Here are some definitions of yoga therapy that are accepted by the IAYT:
- Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class. –Samata Yoga Center (U.S.A.), Larry Payne, Ph.D.
- Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. –American Viniyoga Institute, Gary Kraftsow
- Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common aliments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity –Yoga Biomedical Trust (England), Robin Monro, Ph.D.
- Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a “normal” or healthy individual, Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance. –Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.