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What is Yoga Therapy?

As a yoga therapist in-training at Maryland University of Integrative Health I would like to share a few thoughts about how yoga therapy differs from a regular yoga class and why can it have a transformative value in our lives.

Yoga Therapy defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists:

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

What a yoga therapy session can offer:

•Using the principles and practices of Yoga to address mental, emotional, physical and spiritual imbalances (dis-ease) in the individual

•Yoga Therapists work across hospital settings or in outpatient clinics, physical therapy, rehabilitation centers, aged-care facilities, military and in private practice

•Yoga Therapist assess and craft an individualized practice for clients which may include:

•Breath practices

•Meditation and/or relaxation


•Lifestyle advice

•And physical movement

•Through a dynamic, therapeutic relationship, practices and protocols are crafted that empower the client in their own journey towards greater well-being

•Certified therapist have 1000+ hours training

•Clients often come to yoga therapy after exhausting many other health alternatives

Many yoga therapists are licensed in other healthcare modalities (i.e., PT, OT, RN, Psychology) and often work integratively with other healthcare practitioners

To learn more about yoga therapy, please, visit or

Erika Gantner

202-569 5222
8911 Ridge Place,

Bethesda, Maryland 20817

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