Yoga for the Individual
Yoga therapy uses the practices and wisdom of yoga to empower clients to manage their own health and wellbeing. Practices include asana/postures, restorative yoga, pranayama/breathing, relaxation techniques, lifestyle guidance and meditation – all adapted to the individual. Yoga therapy is for those who want an ongoing path of practice that nourishes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
One of the unique features of yoga therapy is that it is a very holistic and individualised approach. This is not a “one practice suits all” approach. Yoga therapy works with the individual person as a whole – not only with conditions. Yoga therapy rests on the principles and practices of deep listening, respect, empowerment and honouring of the wholeness of every human being. In collaboration with the client, each client is given a short and individualised practice program to help clients take the next steps towards wellbeing.
Why have yoga therapy sessions?
You may choose to have yoga therapy sessions to:
address specific health needs
establish or reinvigorate a personal home practice
find deeper meaning and direction in your home practice
work with emotional wellbeing including stress, anxiety and depression
deepen spiritual growth: fostering self-love and life purpose
About Yoga Therapy Sessions.
The yoga therapist aims to develop a specific home practice program to suit the needs of the client. Yoga therapy usually requires about 1-3 sessions, depending on the individual’s needs. In the first session, a thorough assessment is made to create a holistic picture of the individual’s needs and priorities. The first session is 1.5 hours long and will usually include a short practice for the client to take home. Subsequent sessions, usually 1 hour long, are made as the client needs them. The main committment needed from the yoga therapy client is a willingness to do some home practice. This can be as little as 10 minutes a day. Regular short practices are more effective than a longer once a week practice. The effects of yoga are greatly enhanced with regular practice of 3 – 5 times a week.
About Anahata Giri
Anahata has been practising yoga for 30 years, teaching yoga since 2002 and working as a yoga therapist since 2013. She runs the Yoga of Birth: Prenatal Teacher Training. In her work as a yoga therapist, she specialises in women’s health, emotional and mental wellbeing, trauma recovery, support and empowerment for pregnancy and birth and finding life purpose. She is a member of Yoga Australia as both a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist. She has a Diploma in Community Development, a Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy,Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. She has worked for 7 years as a counsellor working with women who have experience domestic violence. She draws on her yoga and counselling skills to provide deeply attentive listening and guidance for the individual. She has also done training with Amy Weintraub in Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and has completed 20 hours of training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center Yoga Program. Anahata also has a passion for nonviolent social change and runs social change projects to help people find their unique way to make the world a better place.
Fees: 1 hour session – $90 1.5 hour session – $120