what to expect
We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens. - The Heart of Yoga
Individual therapeutic yoga sessions are intentionally designed with you in mind. Unlike a private yoga session, where you may work to achieve a specific posture or strengthen a certain part of the body- a therapeutic 1:1 yoga session is grounded in safety, choice, and the balance between effort and ease. Intentional and thoughtful bodywork may also be a powerful component of our time.
As a licensed physical therapist I am grateful to provide bodywork and hands on assists when and where they feel appropriate. My knowledge ensures safe alignment and negotiation of injuries, as well as the therapeutic benefits of touch. Bodywork and hands on work is never a requirement, simply an offering.
We’ll work together to find out what feels good- and then do more of it! You will always be offered options and conversation is rarely required. Our practice may include rhythmic movements, strong static postures, restorative and nourishing relaxation, bodywork and language that invites space into the mind and body.
What happens first?
We'll connect and schedule a time for our first meeting. I am happy to have a 15 minute phone conversation prior to our first meeting to answer any questions. This can also be done over email. Our first meeting will last 60 minutes. We will review the intake form, the room set up and make sure we have time for some gentle yoga, breathwork or relaxation.
How long are follow up yoga therapy sessions?
What will the enviornment look like?
The room will be comfortably lit. We can adjust the light to be brighter or darker depending on what feels right at any given moment. The door is always accessible. There will be yoga supplies in the room, but only as options- nothing is a necessity.
What do I have to bring?
Zilch. Nada. Nothing. I've got you covered. I have mats, blocks, therapy balls, foam rollers, blankets, bolsters, eye pillows, lovely smelling essential oils, organic body lotion and cleaners.
I've never done yoga. How will I know what to do?
That's why I'm here! You don't need to know a thing about yoga to benefit from our sessions.
You may become more comfortable with the language or sequences, but the responsibility is
on me to get us from start to finish. I will offer options throughout our time, and encourage you
to listen to the sensations and feelings in your body. Over time, we'll work together to ensure
breath work, relaxation techniques, simple energizing or grounding postures are available to you
as resources outside our practice space.
Is this sweaty yoga? Am I just stretching?
My intention is to make each session unique to the person before me, just as they are in that
moment. I'll invite you to listen to your body and make choices based on what you feel. Some
days that may mean a little sweat. Some days it may mean some extra breath. Some days it
may mean slower sequences. Everything we do, will have a purpose and I'll be sure to explain
as we move along.
What should I wear?
Wear clothing that is comfortable for you- anything that allows you to move without restriction will work. Some suggestions? Yoga pants, leggings, sweat pants, tanks, short or long sleeved T shirts.
What will we talk about?
Therapeutic yoga is an opportunity to pair movement with breath and observe. My hope is to provide a safe place to explore sensations in your body, the concept of choice and acting on your choices. Sometimes its hard to find the "right" words. Yoga is available to strengthen the mind-body connection without the need for dialogue.
Will there be music?
The enviornment is designed to be comfortable, warm and supportive. I'll invite you to try some music. If it feels helpful to you, we can try it. If you prefer silence, that's ok too. There's no right or wrong choice. And we can change at any time.
What if I have physical limitations?
I am a licensed physical therapist, with experience in both the acute hospital and rehabilitation settings. I have a deep understanding of the human body. My acute care specialty was hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant. I worked with patients and their famlies in order to adapt to limitations, while maximizing quality of life, joy and comfort. I am poised to adjust our work based on what feels accessible. Yoga doesn't have to be done on a mat. We can sit on the floor. In a chair. Stand. There will always be options.
Will we OM?
If you want to OM- we will OM. If you want to high five- we will high five. If you want to sing- I will enthusiastically support you! If you want to hula- I have a hoop.