Yoga Informed Therapy

Yoga Informed Therapy

For over 5,000 years, yoga has helped people experience transformation and healing through the power of movement. Psychologists and doctors have long-since documented the power of the mind-body connection, and yoga rests at the center of modern research and healing practices.

You may have noticed people taking up yoga by the dozens after the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it may seem complicated, it is a highly approachable, accessible practice suitable for all ages and ability levels.

Yoga-informed therapy, or simply yoga therapy, helps people harness the mind-body connection’s powerful healing effects to manage and even absolve some mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety.

Foundations Family Counseling is pleased to offer yoga therapy for interested clients who would like to explore how practicing yoga can benefit their mental health.

What Is Yoga-informed Therapy?

YYoga therapy, or yoga-informed psychotherapy, shakes the traditional model of therapy by incorporating yoga poses and gentle movements into the therapeutic process.

Rather than sit across from each other, the therapist and client engage through a guided yoga practice. The ancient practices that have guided people for thousands of years are combined with modern psychological research, including neurobiology principles, to treat a wide range of conditions and disorders.

Benefits of Yoga-informed Therapy

Benefits of yoga therapy include increased body awareness, lower stress, decreased response to physical anxiety symptoms, and a greater sense of calm and stability. Yoga encourages people to look inward and find balance in themselves.

A common encouragement in the practice is to “find your breath.” By focusing on deep breathing, conscious movements, and emotional awareness, clients gain a deeper perspective of their emotional blocks. This helps them become more aware of how their emotions and thoughts affect their body and vice-versa.

Through yoga-informed therapy, clients learn how to both mentally and physically “move through” their greatest challenges, including depression, anxiety and trauma.

What Is the Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy incorporates the best practices and theories from psychotherapy into traditional yoga practices. While yoga can be therapeutic in and of itself, it is not the same as yoga therapy.

A yoga-informed therapy session is guided by a psychotherapist who has years of experience and education under their belt. They also have certification to teach yoga and help clients use the practice to address mental health issues.

What Is the Theory Behind Yoga Therapy?

At its core, yoga therapy believes that people can heal their mind and spirits through physical movement. Yoga encourages people to find greater comfort and peace within themselves, exactly as they are.

Yoga therapy embodies the principles of yoga, like acceptance and self-love, with psychotherapeutic knowledge. Through yoga therapy, the therapist guides the client through evidence-based practices known to target their specific feelings and problems.

Book a Yoga Therapy Session Toda

If you would like to try a yoga-informed therapy session, we would be happy to work with you. Please contact Foundations Family Counseling in Denver to book your next appointment.