The Seven Goals of Yoga Therapy

It is important to remember the goals of yoga therapy.  There are many goals, and it is important to realize the goals must be specialized to each individual.  In this article, we will talk about the Seven Goals of Yoga Therapy and how it applies to you.  The practice of Yoga has been a way of life for many cultures for centuries.  Yoga Therapy has been accepted as a legitimate part of healthcare since the early 1900’s, thanks to the pioneering work of T. Krishnamacharya .  Yoga Therapy is becoming a vitally important limb of integrative medicine in American culture as well.  In searching for a qualified Yoga Therapist, it is important to recognize shared goals with any Therapist you trust your care with.  If your Therapist is not on the same page as you are, there will be no way to measure the desired success or progress.

There are numerous benefits of integrating Yoga Therapy modalities with allopathic medicine.  For instance, the rate of rehospitalization decreases dramatically when we teach and empower our clients toward their own health.  Giving clients empowerment enables the client to feel more in control of their lives.  Having more empowerment over our lives creates a sense of well being and therefore alleviates suffering.  

Yoga Therapy gently guides the client to face their current situation head on. It is at this point, that the client can then leave the path of pain and suffering and enter the cross road of turning towards healing to deeply change their life.  Learning to let go of our preconceived ideas of how we think things should be and accepting things as they are leads us down the path of true empowerment and healing.   

Below, are the seven goals of Yoga Therapy as listed by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

  1. Eliminate, reduce, or manage symptoms that cause suffering.
  2. Improve function.
  3. Help to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness.
  4. Move toward improved health and well-being.
  5. Change our relationship to and identification with unhealthy conditions.
  6. Empower people to be their own best teacher and healer.
  7. Teach, share, and guide yoga in ways that support and inspire others to be as awake, vibrant, and filled with awe in every moment of life.

With Yoga Therapy, we look to more fully adapt yoga practices to support healing and wholeness in individuals to address problems with health in a far more specific way then we do in general yoga practice. This approach, also called “Yoga Chikitsa” which means Yoga Therapy.  Although not the same thing, this concept of Yoga Chikitsa is also rooted in Ashtanga Yoga primary series.  The adaptive nature of Yoga Therapy as a healing modality thus invites us to make existing conditions of a client's life the starting point in offering him/her a guided, adaptive, healing yoga practice.

At Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, located in beautiful Venice, Florida, we specialize in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.  We value what we do and take pride in having only C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Certified Yoga Alliance Instructors working with our clients.

Our yoga therapy clients come from all over Sarasota County including Sarasota, Siesta Key, Osprey, Nokomis, Longboat Key, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte and beyond.  Therapy can also be done virtual.  If you would like to learn more or participate in our yoga therapy call 941-222-0777 or click HERE to schedule your consult.

*Annette Broy is co-owner of Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga Studio in Venice FL.  She has been a Registered Nurse since 1994, and a Certified Case Manager since 2000.  Annette is a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT200, RYT500, (Registered Yoga Teacher), and a Certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).   She also holds credentials with National Ayurvedic Medical Association, (NAMA) as a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.