Q: What is the difference between a Yoga Class and “Yoga Therapy”?
Classes are for community; participating in a mutually enjoyed activity while making friends that help motivation. Instruction is at a “common” level to make sure everyone can have a positive experience. Whether it is a pre-natal class or athletic, we attempt to find postures that everyone can do.
Yoga Therapy is a private individual experience where specific symptoms, goals, concerns, etc…are taken into account. Also, your personality, family life, work life, physical state, and mental state are assessed to create a yoga practice that works for YOU in particular. For example; someone diagnosed with scoliosis and depression would need a substantially different practice than someone with anorexia whom can’t exercise via doctor’s orders.
Yoga therapy respects & treats the individual, where as group classes treat everyone the same.
Q: What is the difference Physical Therapy and Yoga Therapy?
Physical Therapy focuses on the specific injury with in-house and take-home exercises to work that spot.
Yoga Therapy treats the specific injury/illness along with the rest of the attributes that make up the individual. For example if you tear your left rotator cuff, physical therapy will provide exercises for the left rotator cuff only. Yoga Therapy will provide movement to rehabilitate your shoulder, but also the arthritic hip you may have – as well as anxiety you are suffering from work, or the injury.
Q: My doctor told me not to do yoga, would Yoga Therapy be OK?
Most likely. Many people (not just doctors) perceive yoga as the popular offering in group classes, which is a rigorous form of physical fitness. Caroline has treated various physical and physiological impairments with ease, and is very comfortable to speak with you & your doctor if you have concerns.
Q: How many times will I need to come?
This very much depends on you and our assessment. During the first session, we will begin a plan which may include weekly, bi-monthly or monthly sessions. Caroline recommends weekly for the first 6 sessions to incorporate your new healthy pattern into your life with ease. Then as the pattern is put into place and you are feeling better, the sessions are scheduled to fit your new lifestyle.
Q: Aren’t taking classes cheaper?
No, yoga therapy is ½ the cost of daily classes. The average cost of a yoga class in Austin is $18 and can take up to 2-3 hours of your time including driving, dressing, class time, etc… and you don’t get individual attention to assist with your goals. With yoga therapy you get a specialized home practice that can be done each day according to your time schedule, which is equivalent to $8 or less, depending on frequency of sessions.
Per month group class = $500
Per month yoga therapy= $240
Q: Will my insurance pay for Yoga Therapy?
Not yet. The International Association of Yoga Therapists is currently working on this issue. If you have a flexible spending account with your employer you can declare your therapeutic yoga sessions with that non-taxable money. In some cases, insurance will allow you to be reimbursed for care provided by a licensed physical therapist with a doctor’s referral (contact your insurance company).
Q: Is Yoga A Religion?
No. This confusion arose in our culture because Yoga evolved over thousands of years in the context of the spiritual and religious traditions of India. When these teachings were first transmitted in the West, they were often taught by teachers who were also practicing one of the many forms of Hinduism, Sikhism, or Buddhism.
Yoga is a science towards understanding the mind/body relationship, as well as calming the mind to incur less mental/emotional suffering in your life. The pure teachings of Yoga have no theological orientation. The practices of Yoga when correctly taught will help anyone of any religious tradition deepen their own faith – it is often said that the practice of Yoga can make a Catholic a better Catholic, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Buddhist a better Buddhist, etc. That is why we find practicing Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and Non-Theists among the countless Yoga enthusiasts around the world.
Yoga empowers you in the healing process. Rather, than being a passive recipient of treatment, you are actively practicing the techniques your teacher guides you on. You reduce your own pain and discomfort, overcome physical or emotional trauma, and recover from illness, injury, addiction, or other health concerns.