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Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™

What is Yoga Therapy?

At present, the International Association of Yoga Therapists is actively engaging the world wide community to develop a working and meaningful definition of Yoga Therapy  Some professionals lean toward the trent of a structural system whereby a trained professional works with asana and pranayama techniques to assist an individual in healing a specific condition or problem.  An example of this is Mukunda Stiles' approach in Structural Yoga Therapy.  At the same time, some professionals tend to define yoga therapy as one that connects to body/mind psychology that is reflected in The Upanishads, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and other classical texts.  An example of this approach is Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, developed by Michael Lee.  Others look to the Ayurvedic System of Medicine for definition of yoga therapy.

 From the website of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, one definition is:

Yoga therapy, refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude.
                                                                                         - Gary Kraftsow, American Viniyoga Institute


Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™ at Silver Lotus

The tradition of Svadhyaya Yoga™ is fearless self study utilizing the principles of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and The Upanishads. The hallmark of Svadhyaya Yoga™ is the individualization of the yogic experience. It is by it's very nature therapeutic.

Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™ is individualized so that each person’s unique body/mind/energy/spiritual system is addressed in every class, private lesson or therapy session. Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™ is designed to release blocks in the physical, emotional and energy levels of the body. In Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™ the psychophysiological principles of Classical Yoga are applied to deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD and many problems that manifest in the body.

A typical yoga therapy session might include a relaxation meditation, a brief discussion of the challenges an individual is facing, supported yoga poses, in-depth dialogue about the issues showing up in the body/mind during the session, breathing techniques to release lockages and resolution with a self-developed treatment plan.

For further information, or to arrange for a Svadhyaya Yoga Therapy™ session, call 302-644-0130, ext. 8, or email