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Yoga Therapy – Bridging the Gap Between Eastern and Western Therapeutic Practices

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Yoga therapy is different from a typical yoga class because it is set up to provide one-on-one instruction in a therapeutic setting. When a yoga practitioner shows up to a group class, she is participating amongst a number of individuals with differing therapeutic needs. Yoga instructors face a number of challenging population types and not all yoga certification programs are created equal.  Most yoga teacher trainings do not have time to thoroughly train an instructor on how to handle the diversity of her clientele’s circumstances. For example, a yoga student managing her autoimmune disorder/chronic illness will have different therapeutic needs compared to a yoga student practicing for orthopedic rehabilitation.

It is important for a yoga student with special circumstances to understand how yoga can help and, equally important, how yoga can exacerbate her condition.  Before an individual starts a yoga curriculum, talking to a Healthcare Provider is imperative in order to understand the contraindications for certain health conditions and the physical and/or mental symptoms that one may experience.

Which Yoga Therapist is right for me?

Currently, the International Association of yoga therapy is working on a standard of care for yoga therapy. It is important to ask a Yoga Therapist plenty of questions prior to working with her due to the variability in the yoga therapy field. According to Sandpoint’s Twisted Root yoga therapy studio, these are important questions to ask a Yoga Therapist:

  • Do you have advanced training in anatomy, physiology, psychology and the biological processes of the human body?
  • What experience do you have working with my health condition and what is contraindicated for my health condition?
  • Have you worked with or mentored under Healthcare Providers such as Physicians/P.A.’s/N.D.’s/Nurse Practitioners/Psychotherapists/Physical Therapists?
  • Are you familiar with the class of medication used to treat my condition and are you familiar with the natural remedies I use?
  • What does a typical yoga therapy session include?
  • What is your treatment plan for my condition?
  • Can you talk to my Healthcare Provider about your treatment plan for my condition?

For more information, please contact Twisted Root Yoga, located at 323 Pine Street, Sandpoint, Idaho. Please visit or call 208-963-9642 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with Julia Quinn and/or Daniel Quinn, P.T.

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