What is Yoga Therapy?

We are so excited to announce the introduction of a new program to our Seattle clinic! Beginning next week, we’re offering a six week Yoga Therapy workshop. Yoga therapy is where mind and body meet. It combines traditional concepts of yoga with Western psychological knowledge and it’s part of our expanding wellness services. Yoga Therapy joins programs like our Walk The Labyrinth Meditation Retreat and our Mindfulness Meditation Workshops. We know that addiction is a cunning disease and you need a variety of tools for a healthy and happy recovery. So what is Yoga Therapy and how can it help?

What is a Yoga Therapy Group?

Yoga therapy is a gentle to moderate yoga class followed by a process group intended to increase mindfulness, self-compassion, breathing and body awareness. It’s a way to begin the reintegration of mind, body and spirit. Our classes are led by an experienced mental health counselor with specialized training in chemical dependency treatment and yoga therapy.

Why choose Yoga Therapy?

Addiction impacts you on all levels; it seeps into your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Integrating a nourishing and intentional yoga and meditation practice into your recovery can deepen your experience of wellness and healing. It can allow you to access your deepest emotions and has been beneficial to so many people in recovery. Adding a group session after class is the next step, and is what sets yoga therapy apart.

How is Yoga Therapy different from traditional yoga?

Taking the time to process your class with peers and a therapist provides the opportunity to make meaning of the experience.  We often hold onto tension in our bodies, and yoga provides us with a release for this tension. Emotions can bubble up during class that we don’t expect. The group afterwards allows you to put this tension into words and deepen your practice of mindfulness and self-awareness.  Yoga therapy works by allowing the mind and body to work together on processing emotions and healing.

Our yoga therapy groups take place in our Seattle clinic on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 and 9 a.m. to 10:30. This session runs for six weeks, beginning September 1st.  Please note that you do not have to be part of our programs or have any previous experience with yoga to take part, but you do have to be in recovery. Our classes are accessible to all levels of physical ability and are tailored to address the unique needs of each person. Call 206-402-4115 for more information.