The Yoga Ther­apy Jour­ney

Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - by Joseph Le Page

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.

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