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NEED TO KNOW

YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT Customized YOGA THERAPY  

What's special about a yoga therapist?

Yoga Therapists are held to higher and more stringent standards of education, training, and experience than standard yoga teachers. This includes extensive work with musculoskeletal conditions, emotional & mental health, and clinical practice immersions. A Yoga Therapist has a minimum of 500 hours formal training and is accredited by the nationally recognized International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


Do i need a yoga mat?

We can provide a yoga mat and props like blankets and yoga blocks. Purchasing a mat of your own is preferable for homework and continuing sessions. Wear comfortable layers that can be removed as needed. No socks are best, but it is possible to wear sports socks if you would prefer. Hand towels can be useful. 


IS YOGA THERAPY 'GENTLE' YOGA?

Not necessarily. Each session is different and tailored to your needs on that particular day. There are posture and breath practices that energize, calm and balance. Some treatment protocols might be rigorous with a focus on physical strengthening. Others may focus on relaxation which is a discipline in and of itself. Yoga therapy doesn't ditch form for flexibility or for a faster pace. And we use yoga props not to make it easier but to enable you to reap the full therapeutic benefit of postures.


WHERE & WHEN ARE SESSIONS AVAILABLE?

We know that everyone's needs are different. The ease of yoga therapy at your home or work space is that we come to you, at a time that is convenient. We currently serve Philadelphia and it's western suburbs. For those preferring a neutral setting, talk to us about a studio session in Narberth, located 8 miles from Center City Philadelphia. In either case, take notice of how your energy fluctuates throughout the day. Are you a morning or evening person? When are you most likely to have quiet or a break in your schedule? Let's arrange a session when you know you can focus for 60 minutes with your phone switched off. 


HOW IS PHYSICAL THERAPY DIFFERENT?

Physical therapists are 'body' experts trained to diagnose and treat a specific injury or condition. A yoga therapist looks at the 'whole person' to help facilitate physical, mental and energetic balance. For those rehabbing from surgery or acute injuries, physical therapy will often be the first stop, followed by yoga therapy. Clients have the best results when we work together with your doctor or PT by sharing skilled diagnostic knowledge. Together we can customize your PT & YT protocols to find the perfect balance of form and flexibility, therapeutic stretch and stillness. Such collaboration can optimize healing, reduce symptoms and empower you towards preventative self-care in the long-term. 


HOW DO I MAKE SELF-CARE A PRIORITY?

Looking after ourselves can often feel out of reach and unsustainable. And yet it's the necessary foundation that fuels our ability to show up for our friends, family and responsibilities.  Daily mindful movement like yoga has immense benefits for our health, our brains and our emotional balance. Regular sessions one-on-one combined with a tailored daily protocol creates easy, sustainable self-care that has you feeling better immediately. It's the opposite of dreading exercise you think you should do. When you experience mental clarity, optimal mobility and abundant energy, self-care becomes non-negotiable.