ABOUT THERAPEUTIC YOGA


Therapeutic yoga is not just another style of yoga. It is a way to directly address health challenges such as structural pain, problems from chronic illness and/or emotional disturbances. Private instruction is a wonderful way to bring yoga into your life.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines Yoga Therapy as, "...the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application and teachings of yoga."

What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy assumes each person is unique and adapts and applies Yoga techniques to help individuals based on their needs, interests, and current condition. Through the one-on-one sessions, and through a personalized home practice, my goal is to enhance your health and well-being by reducing symptoms, restoring balance, increasing self-understanding, encouraging prevention, and facilitating healing at all levels of your being.

How can Yoga Therapy help you?
Yoga Therapy is helpful for:

Structural conditions (such as back pain, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, sacrum dysfunction).

Physiological conditions (such as high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, COPD, GERD, constipation, Crohn's Disease, stroke, chronic pain, iBS).

Emotional conditions (such as depression, anxiety, panic, stress management), and many more are helped by the varied techniques of yoga.

Spiritual deepening or exploration.

What techniques are used?
Many of the tools of yoga can be incorporated: physical postures, breath exercises, relaxation, meditation, sound, self-study, and lifestyle (such as diet, exercise, sleep, or stress management). Because of the self-reflective nature of the work, discussion also becomes an integral part of our time together.

What do sessions look like?
Sessions are conducted on a one-on-one basis and held in my private office in East Lansing. They are tailored to meet your special needs and a personal practice is developed to assist you in working on your own. No special equipment is required. The first appointment is approximately 2 hours with subsequent visits lasting approximately 1 hour. Your first visit will include a consultation, as well as a beginning practice to take home.

Payment:
The first 2 hour consultation visit is $120. After your first visit, you can either pay as you go at a rate of $80/hr or purchase a pre-paid package of four hours at a discounted rate of $280 (a $70/hour rate), to be used within four months time. Forms of payment accepted are cash, credit, or check in person. You may use a credit card in the office or pre-pay using my website.

Please note I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

I hope to inspire and empower you to reach your full potential, both physically, mentally, and emotionally leading to a healthy, joyful, and productive life.

To get more information or to schedule an appointment,
please contact K.O. at 517-927-3327 or ko@goodspaceyoga.com.
2025 Abbot Rd., Suite 300
East Lansing, Michigan 48823 (please enter on the west side of the building)

Please see www.viniyoga.com or International Association of Yoga Therapists for more information about Yoga Therapy.


TESTIMONIAL: To anyone out there looking for a holistic yoga approach to mental or physical health problems, I recommend Kathy Ornish without hesitation.  Her listening ear, kindness, compassion, and therapeutic yoga approach have meant the world to me and have helped me immensely this year.

I have spent half a lifetime coping with and/or avoiding dealing with moderate anxiety, and depression.  After I became post-menopausal at age 50, two years ago, I developed stomach problems, and more anxiety and depression as I watched my first son leave home for college.  Medical tests revealed nothing life threatening, just gastrointestinal reflux disorder (GERD) and I was prescribed daily medicine that would work for a while, then not work at all, even though I was also on a special GERD diet that does not allow alcohol, spicy foods, high fat foods, etc.  I became frustrated with the vicious cycle of anxiety, depression and stomach problems.  My gynecologist prescribed anti-depressants, which would replace the Xanax my internist had prescribed for anxiety, and she said I could stop taking my St. John’s Wort (an herb) for depression.  I took one anti-depressant, which made me dizzy and nauseous, and I threw the rest of the bottle down the toilet.  That is when I decided it was time to finally approach matters from a holistic perspective.

I started meeting with Kathy at her office in private, confidential, one-hour sessions in April of 2008, and now at the beginning of June 2008 I am totally off my GERD medicine and anxiety medicine.  The first session was the longest and hardest.  That’s when I shared the private issues that I had been dealing with all my life. With that information to work with, and knowing my physical limitations (I have lower back trouble), she designed a yoga practice that specifically addresses all three of my major health problems.  She also recommended a pro-biotic supplement that has helped my stomach problems.  It contains the same ingredients as the yogurt my medical doctor had recommended, so I was not afraid to take her advice.  I have not had GERD symptoms since beginning my yoga practice.  I also have seen a major decrease of my anxiety and depression.  I breathe easy.  I feel happy and relaxed.

I do my yoga practice 2-4 times a week, for 15 minutes to a half hour.  Some days I miss, and that is ok.  I see the yoga practice as helping prevent my symptoms, but I also used it one day last week when I was under extreme sudden stress and anxiety due to a major, personal family crisis.  Rather than grab a Xanax, I had a good cry, then did my yoga practice.  When I was done with my yoga practice, the tears were gone and I felt calm enough to deal with the crisis.  It was a miracle for me. Xanax would have pushed the problem far away from me, but as soon as it wore off, the problem would have been right in my lap again.  Yoga relaxed me enough to face the problem without fear.

In addition to the yoga, Kathy recommended keeping a gratitude journal in which I focus on the positive things that happen each day.  Wow, it used to be hard to come up with three things.  Now, I can’t stop writing.
Nancy B.