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Yoga Therapy is the application of yoga practices to individual health and wellness issues. It is a practice that reduces the risk of injury and illness. However, it can also serve as a way of managing illness and facilitating healing.

Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is an effective complementary therapy for many common ailments and health conditions. Specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs are prescribed and practiced.

Nancy Doherty is a yoga therapist, has been teaching yoga since 2001 and has worked with hundreds of clients of all ages, ability levels and with various health conditions. Nancy is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200 and RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance, is a certified Yoga Therapist and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Please click on the links below for more information on frequently asked questions about yoga therapy, then call Lakeside Yoga and Fitness to make your appointment at 845-641-8775.

What Is Yoga Therapy? (Definitions)

What Is The Difference Between a Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist?

What Health Issues Can Be Helped Through Yoga Therapy?

Where Can I Read More About Yoga Therapy for Particular Issues?

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Here are a few definitions from a few of the better-known Yoga therapy practitioners and programs in the West.

Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class. Larry Payne, Ph.D. Samata Yoga Center

Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common aliments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity. Robin Monro, Ph.D. Yoga Biomedical Trust (England)

Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar

Yoga therapy is the application of Yoga to individuals to empower them to progress toward greater health and freedom from disease. Ganesh Mohan, Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment. Marie Quail, Yoga Therapy and Training Center (Ireland)

Yoga therapy consists of the application of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others. Art Brownstein, M.D.

.refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. Gary Kraftsow American Viniyoga Institute

Yoga therapy is a holistic healing art. Rather than prescribe treatments, it invites presence and awareness. Using age-old yogic approaches to deeper presence and awareness, we are able to know ourselves more fully. Out of that knowing, we are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth, and enhanced well-being in body, feelings, thought, and spirit. Michael Lee, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

What Is The Difference Between a Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist?

Also, what qualifies a Yoga Teacher to practice Yoga Therapy?

Yoga is a healing practice in itself. It is intended to integrate each individual, body, mind and spirit. When practicing yoga, we learn about focus, concentration, self-control and calmness, being relaxed and at ease in our body and our life. The asanas or postures and breathing exercises help to strengthen, stretch and cleanse the body bringing us into balance.

Yoga in itself can be therapeutic and healing. Yoga Therapy is taking the practice one step further. It is a practice that works with specific conditions and issues. If someone is suffering from a herniated disk or osteoarthritis, for example, their physician might tell them to try yoga. They then take a group yoga class at their local gym or yoga studio with many others and find it difficult, if not impossible to do. And worse yet, these large group classes with little one-to-one instructor to student interaction can worsen an already aggravated condition.

Yoga Therapy puts the Therapy into yoga. It is a personal practice that is designed specifically for each individual. Each client fills out an intake form and questionnaires that allow the Yoga Therapist to better understand the whole person, body, mind, & spirit, past and present. The Therapist, taking many factors into consideration, designs a program specifically for each individual's needs and health issues.

The difference between a Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist is training. A Yoga Therapist undergoes training in addition to their basic 200 hour yoga teacher's certification. A Yoga Therapy Program consists of a minimum of 500 hours of training. Nancy Doherty has over 600 hours of training. She has been teaching since early 2001 and has worked with clients with a wide variety of health issues.

What Health Issues Can Be Helped Through Yoga Therapy?

The table below contains a sample list of some of the conditions we support with yoga therapy. This list is not all inclusive, however, so please call 845-641-8775 for a complementary phone consultation regarding your specific health condition or issue.


Rheumatoid Arthritis



Diabetes (Type II)

High Blood Pressure




Metabolic Syndrome


Perimenopause Symptoms

Sports Injuries

PMS/ Dysmenorrhea

Cancer Support









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