What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a burgeoning field of professional practice that emphasizes personalized, one-on-one therapeutic care. It’s aim is to provide holistic support for a wide variety of life’s many challenges.  Yoga Therapists, informed by the intelligence of the practice of yoga, skilfully witness and accompany clients and patients, in the realm of life shatterings, grief, injuries, trauma and disease. Instead of a systematic protocol, the emphasis is on the dynamic holistic health and agency of each unique client. Presently defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapist's, “Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga”. SEYT training will encourage learning in advanced individualized yoga therapy practices , including but not limited to postures, movement, breath, and meditation, as an integral and complementary addition to the medical care system. Click here to see SEYT video.


There is already a growing acceptance among doctors and licensed health care professionals toward including yoga as part of their referral network, and as part of their own professional practice. Current research is revealing yoga as it’s used to improve health outcomes – examples include: increased body awareness (Cramer et al., 2013; Daubenmier, 2005), improved emotional well-being (Cramer et al., 2013), and reduced inflammation in the body(Morgan et al., 2014; Chandwani et al., 2014; Bower & Irwin, 2015). Many medical degree and health care professional training programs across North America are now including yoga in their foundational courses. Worldwide, thousands of yoga teachers are answering the call to pursue deeper and more comprehensive education in the therapeutic practice of yoga, opening the doors to more fulfilling work and profound service as certified yoga therapists.