Yoga is an ancient philosophy originating in India. It has become increasingly popular in the United States as a form of fitness, although its benefits reach far beyond just physical health. This eight-limbed path includes learning to adapt more ethical behaviors and personal practices, physical poses for strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health, breathing awareness and practices, mental focus, meditation, and connection to higher consciousness. Not everyone practices each of the pieces of the yoga puzzle, but together they create a lifestyle of greater self-awareness, self-control, and self-mastery. Clearly, the focus is on the self, and ultimately the understanding of one's higher self or true nature.There are a great many lineages and traditions, as well as modern interpretations of these practices; it is a lifelong journey to understand the depth and breadth of yoga, and well worth the effort.
Yoga therapy differs from a traditional group yoga class because it is done individually, and is structured around the unique needs of the student/client. Yoga therapy can be done in tandem with other healing modalities to treat all levels of disease, injury, trauma or illness. Yoga looks at a human as a system of five layers (physical, physiological, mental, emotional, and spiritual), each overlapping to create a complex system and unique individual with specific needs, desires, strengths, weaknesses, habits, boy constitution, diet, family and cultural history.The yoga therapist's job is to help guide each person to unpeel the layers of dysfunction to help facilitate the body-mind-spirit back to a state of clam, balance, and wellness, using all of the tools of yoga. Although a yoga therapists are highly trained well beyond a yoga teacher, they are not medical professionals; therefore testing and diagnosis are recommended prior to sessions. In choosing to work privately, make sure your therapist is a certified yoga therapist accredited through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
Yoga Therapy Sessions
An initial intake meeting will help determine your goals, concerns, history, and pertinent diagnosis. A session may include a variety of modalities, including: poses, talk therapy, guided meditation, journaling, breath training, or chanting. Many clients benefit from weekly appointment for several sessions, to refine a home practice program, followed up by monthly visits. It is typical for a client to come in initially with a physical complaint, and as the body is opened up and more receptive, deeper emotional issues can arise. It is the yoga therapist's role to create a safe space for the real work to be done; healing is not linear. For a successful outcome, a commitment to the process is necessary. Certain issues can be resolved very quickly, others may require more long-term support, or benefit for additional therapies not provided in this scope of practice.
$125, Initial intake
$75, ongoing sessions
$25, per half hour driving for house calls
Group Class Schedule
Mondays: 9:30am Barre, YMCA
Mondays: 6:00pm, Core Conditioning, YMCA Tuesdays: 9-10:15am, Hatha Yoga, Inner Harmony
Tuesdays: 6-7:15pm, Healthy Back, Casa Ayurveda
Wednesdays: 6:45pm, Hatha Yoga, YMCA
Thursdays: 9:15am, Mat Pilates, YMCA
Thursdays: 6-7:15pm, Hatha Yoga, Casa Ayurveda
*Fridays: 6:30-8:15pm, Restorative & Yoga Nidra, Inner Harmony Yoga
Sundays: 8:00am, Core Conditioning, YMCA
Sundays: 9:00am Hatha Yoga, YMCA
San Pedro YMCA, 302 S Bandini St, San Pedro
(classes free with membership)
Inner Harmony Yoga, 579 W 9th St, San Pedro
$15 drop-in, $108 for nine classes)
Casa Ayurveda, 718 S Weymouth Ave, San Pedro
Buteyko Breath Workshops
"Stress, Breath, and Yoga" workshops, classes, and individualized trainings are designed to educate those who may be suffering from a variety of health issues, including: asthma, COPD, chronic fatigue, auto-immune, sleep apnea, anxiety, allergic rhinitis, snoring, shortness of breath, and a host of other health-related issues that are complicated by hyperventilation, or over-breathing. Pranayama (breath control) is the surest way to access the nervous system and bring you to greater health and quality of life.Visit buteykoclinic.com for further information regarding the Buteyko Breathing Method.