The Yoga Therapy Journey
The yoga therapy journey is a homecoming to a place of inner balance, awareness, and wholeness that, however distant, is always present in all of us. Yoga therapy sees each person as an expression and reflection of infinite possibilities and intelligence. The skill and practice of the yoga therapist comes through an in-depth understanding of all the facets of yoga, in order to open the door to the student’s potential for health, healing, and awakening.
The yoga therapist serves as a guide or mentor in a student’s journey of healing and self-discovery. Rather than offering a diagnosis and treatment for a specific condition, the yoga therapist creates a safe learning environment in which the student can remember their own innate healing resources.
The culmination of the yoga therapy process is to create a specific program that will ultimately be a practice for the overall wellness of the individual and not for the treatment of a particular condition—although the yoga therapist’s knowledge of the condition within the model of yoga therapy is an essential foundation for developing the approach. The practice is not static; it will change along with the changing needs of the individual.
Yoga therapy offers a vision of optimal health at each level of the person—physical, energetic, psychological, and spiritual. The process of yoga therapy is a journey of healing and integrating all these aspects of ourselves within a growing awareness of who we are and the spiritual source of our being.
Joseph Le Page is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer in the development of yoga therapy training programs.