Yoga Therapy

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What is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy is the application of specific yoga practices to alleviate physical and mental health conditions with the view of promoting self-care and encouraging overall well-being.

 

Whilst a general yoga session in general aims to cultivate the body and mind, during yoga therapy specific yoga practices, known and evidenced for their benefits are used to  help alleviate or improve mental and physical ailments.

The aim of Yoga Therapy is to promote good health for the person as a whole, the emphasis of this work may be towards the body, the mind, the emotions or a combination of all of these. 

"Rather than focusing on yoga methods and practices, yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs.

 

Their job is to understand why their clients have come to see them and determine what they can do to support them.

 

To help them in their work, therapists are trained to assess clients through listening, questioning, observing, and occasionally appropriately touching (always with permission).

 

Therapists look for ways to help their clients reduce or manage their symptoms, improve their function, and help them with their attitude in relation to their health conditions.

 

After assessing clients, therapists establish appropriate goals, develop a practice intervention, and then teach clients to practice that intervention.

 

In this sense, therapists choose yoga techniques in relation to how they will specifically benefit individual clients." 

- Gary Kraftstow - Yoga Therapist 

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“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.”

          International Association of Yoga Therapists

Yoga Therapy with Sara-mae

Life throws many obstacles at us all and during my life have experienced a number too. Since Yoga found me, I have found the way to overcome many of those obstacles and I believe that through my own life experiences and journey through yoga, I can help offer this very special understanding and support throughout a yoga therapy session.

My work incorporates basic counselling skills with specialist yoga therapy techniques of movement through asana (postures), focus upon specific pranayama practices (breath work) and so much more. You are sure to acquire effective life skills from each and every session.

My sessions seek to tackle the present moment concern, at the same time as working deeply upon the underlying concern.

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Yoga therapy For:

Physical Conditions:

Physical Pain

Strength building

Musculoskeletal problems

Diabetes

High Blood Pressure

Parkinson’s

Asthma

COPD

Cancer

HIV

Alzheimer’s

Brain Injury

Multiple Sclerosis

​Autoimmune Diseases

IBS

Obesity

Heart Disease

Insomnia

Menopause and MUCH MORE....

Emotional Conditions:

Anxiety

Stress and related conditions

Panic attacks

Depression

Grief and Loss

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Insomnia and other sleep related conditions

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Eating disorders

Trauma related conditions and MUCH MORE

 

At a time when we are faced with unprecedented levels of preventable lifestyle diseases and tragic levels of health inequality, the NHS and healthcare systems around the world are searching for low-cost ways to empower people towards better self care. Increasingly, they are looking towards yoga. In the UK, The NICE guidelines already recommend yoga for lower back pain, the multi-million pound Staff Wellbeing Scheme includes yoga, and yoga is now offered through social prescribing. 

Research finds that as comprehensive practice engaging the body, mind, and behaviour; yoga elicits significant health benefits preventing or improving management of lifestyle disease, and the health community is taking notice. Yoga is also adaptable to all health conditions, is cost-effective (economic research suggests savings of billions of pounds through the prescribing of yoga), and provides community in a world where social isolation is itself a health issue.*

As a registered practitioner with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), Sara-mae is a recognised practitioner under the Government and Professional Standards Authority.

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70% of the NHS budget is currently absorbed by less than 1/3 of the population, for long-term chronic conditions, leading to enormous deficits and unprecedented pressure on staff. Many of these chronic conditions are preventable, or better treated through lifestyle management.

Yoga therapy And THE NHS:

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Yoga Therapy 1-2-1 with Sara-mae

Sara-mae offers specialised yoga therapy in a 1-2-1 setting. Each session is designed specifically for help with or provide relief from any symptoms or health condition that may be troubling you. The yoga therapy session is ideal for those suffering from any of the above conditions and more.

Private yoga therapy sessions give you the opportunity to work one-to-one with Sara-mae to pin point the cause of discomfort and develop a tailor-made plan of practice to suit your specific needs. The sessions will help you to incorporate an array of yoga therapy techniques into your every day life.

 

Sessions are designed specifically to meet each individual client’s needs. For optimal improvement, clients are advised to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks, involving one 60 -75 minute session usually per week.

A thorough intake is conducted during the first session, in part through a questionnaire. Each week we will reflect upon your growth and progress and/or areas that may need further focus, as well as recommendations for moving forward.

Such sessions are offered at Peace Within Yoga Therapy Clinic and/ or online.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions sessions are currently being offered online and/or face to face from September 2020. Face to face sessions will continue in accordance with the latest Government guidelines.

Yoga therapy sessions are available for all levels of ability, no knowledge or experience of yoga is required. There are many ways of practising yoga and so Sara-mae will blend elements of different styles to meet your needs and ensure that you get the most from each session.

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SARA-MAE WORKS ALONGSIDE  PSYCHOLOGISTS AND THERAPISTS FROM OTHER ACCREDITED DISCIPLINES.

 PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY:

  • TRAUMA CENTRES,

  • CRISIS CENTRES, 

  • THERAPY CENTRES, 

  • RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES,

  • HOSPICES,

  • HOSPITALS AND MUCH MORE.

For more information please schedule an informal chat

Feel free to schedule a phone or online chat with Sara-mae by clicking the Schedule a Chat button.

 

During the scheduled chat, you will have an opportunity to speak with Sara-mae directly, to build a first impression of Sara-mae by hearing her voice and/or seeing her face. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about yoga therapy, how Sara-mae delivers yoga therapy and whether the work is appropriate for you.

I will also advise you upon current availability of sessions.

 

If you'd rather not use the phone or online chat there is always the option to chat with Sara-mae over email.