So you want to find a Yoga Therapist?
First things first!
The most important thing is finding a qualified yoga therapist. If you are in the UK, check that the therapist you choose has satisfactorily completed training accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy. Not all yoga therapists are yoga teachers, some add the yoga therapy training to other therapeutic qualifications. I did my training with Yoga United in London, UK. It was a 550 hour training with loads of additional work over 2.5 years. I had previously been teaching yoga for 15 years and completed my teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga.
Where do we work?
Yoga therapists often work from their own studio therapy room or in the case of a yoga therapy specialist group, this could be a community hall. As yoga therapy is becoming more “mainstream” and with more and more yoga therapists being employed by or associated with specialist health service departments, hospices and through community social prescribing, you may meet a yoga therapist in many different settings. Many yoga therapists also offer online sessions as well as face to face. Is location important to you?
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is a collaboration between therapist and client in which yoga is used to create freedom from the discomforts of the body ad/or mind. Together, using clues provided by the body, we discover a path towards wellbeing for you, the unique individual.
What Yoga Therapy is not!
I think it is important to tell you that yoga therapy is not a yoga one to one session or class. It is not talking therapy. It is not a medical appointment nor is there a requirement to divulge personal details. Yoga therapy does not replace advice and treatment from your healthcare professionals.
The Therapeutic Relationship
It is important to ensure the yoga therapist you choose is going to be a good fit for you. Many of us offer a free “discovery call” option. You can agree a time with the therapist to chat by phone so that you can ask any questions that feel important to you about yoga therapy sessions, including things that you might need in place, accessibility concerns, worries. You might wish to let the therapist know something before you begin working together. This will help you gauge how comfortable a therapeutic relationship you could have. You might wish to explore the benefits of face to face versus online sessions. The therapist at this point might make suggestions about how best you can prepare for the session. Things like leaving time between your last meal and your appointment. What to wear. What to bring. Forms the therapist might need completing. Terms and conditions, costs etc.
Freedom Yoga Therapy with me - Carolyn Thomas
I offer yoga therapy appointments from my yoga studio in St Briavels, Gloucestershire. I can do this in person or online to suit the needs of the individual. In some cases, where necessary, yoga therapy can be done in the home of the client.
If I can help you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a discovery call at a mutually convenient time.