Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity.
What is a Yoga Therapist?
Yoga therapists focus on their clients’ needs rather than focusing on yoga methods and practices, their job is to understand why their clients have come to see them and determine what they can do to support them.
Yoga therapists are trained to assess clients through listening, questioning, observing, and appropriately touching. Therapists look for ways to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions. A yoga therapists establish appropriate goals, develop a practice intervention, and then teach clients to practice that intervention.
When clients seek out a yoga therapist or a therapeutic group, they are usually not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice.
In yoga therapy focus is on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms. Examples include helping clients with pain management, cancer, heart conditions, fatigue, anxiety, or sleeplessness. The therapist's role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence.
Pamela Grubb LSW, MSW, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist
The Mindful Yoga Studio incorporates traditional yoga postures with breathing to target specific problem areas, guiding students into a state of greater self-awareness to achieve balance and harmony in everyday life.
The focus is on teaching students to heal their mind and body. Pamela has extensive experience as a clinical social worker in rehabilitation medicine working to help people deal with the stress and emotional turmoil of trauma. She enables students to identify and learn how to work through discomfort from injuries both physically, mentally, and emotionally.
DID YOU KNOW? Pamela has been a student of yoga since 1975 and worked in rehabilitation medicine for over 20 years. She spent her professional career working with families and individuals who are spinal cord or brain injured along with many other disabling conditions.
Pamela also teaches yoga and meditation at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. She has a strong focus of working with students on breath awareness as it relates to anxiety/depression, back, knees and in the overall healing on the mind and body,