What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a relatively new field using ancient yoga practices to help treat physical and mental health issues. In my practice, I use yoga therapy in small groups to assist in the treatment of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression and to aid the recovery process from substance abuse and/or eating disorders. If a client has a mental health diagnosis, I require that they are also in treatment with a qualified mental health provider. Yoga therapy can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan and I am happy to communicate with other members of your treatment team (psychotherapist, psychiatrist, etc.).
What is the difference between a Yoga Therapy Group and a Yoga Class?
My group yoga therapy sessions differ from a yoga class because they are psycho-educational in nature and also provide time for the members to share about their experiences and practice. We have time in the group to discuss yoga topics, share experiences and also practice yoga. The yoga techniques practiced in the groups are designed to help in management of symptoms of anxiety and depression by improving self-regulation. Group members are provided with education in yoga philosophy and will learn which yoga techniques that are supported by research in neuroscience and stress management. I make effort to ensure my groups are body positive and accepting. My yoga groups are always trauma sensitive.
Yoga Therapy Group Schedule
Using Yoga in Mood Management: Anxiety, Depression, Recovery
This is an 8-week yoga therapy group series open to women ages 16 and over. Groups include a discussion and yoga practice in a non-intimidating atmosphere. Learn about the eight limbed path of yoga and how to practice acceptance, self-compassion, gratitude, contentment and willfulness on and off the yoga mat. Practice includes yoga techniques that research has shown helpful in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Groups are limited to five members. No experience is necessary and the postures practiced can be modified as needed. Recommended reading: “The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice” by Deborah Adele.
Next series begins August 16th, 2017. Please contact me to register.
*All yoga therapy groups are Lead by Beth Zeigler, LPC, RYT and limited to five members. An initial interview and signed group contract are required before joining a group. Each group is $65/session. Please contact me for more information about joining a group.
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