I recently completed a Yoga Therapy training with Sarahjoy Marsh in Portland, Oregon who describes Yoga therapy as follows:
Yoga therapy is a personal and inter-personal journey toward wholeness. The tools of yoga invite students to learn about and relate to their symptoms, imbalances, injuries, or life events as opportunities for self-discovery and for inspiring the process of transformation from illness to vitality, from limitation to capacity, or from disintegration to re-integration.
Yoga addresses all of our symptoms from a multidimensional and profoundly compassionate perspective. We learn to understand and respond to our personal experience of both our human conditioning, which, when misunderstood, is prone to suffering, and our human potential, which, when understood, is capable of love, generosity, kindness, and equanimity. Yoga therapy is non-invasive, personally-crafted for each individual, and constantly fresh. The tools are adapted to the student, rather than the student having to adapt to the tools. We use yoga therapy as an intervention towards health and wholeness as well as preventatively and curatively.
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”
– TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar
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