What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy empowers and supports individuals to manage their own health using the principles of Yoga and applying a range of Yoga practices developed within a professional therapeutic relationship.
Ill health and chronic injury are often compounded by multiple contributing factors. For this reason Yoga Therapy engages in an holistic approach to assisting an individual’s health, and will usually encompass the developing wellbeing of the whole person rather than focusing on a single condition.
The tools that a Yoga Therapist may use include asana (postures), pranayama (breath awareness and techniques), mudra (gestures), relaxation, meditation, dietary advice, lifestyle counselling and self-development guidance.
Yoga Therapy is most commonly provided by way of an individual consultation, however occasionally small therapeutic groups may be offered for those experiencing similar health issues. You do not need to have prior Yoga experience to benefit from Yoga Therapy.
Whilst Yoga Therapy is based on the traditions of Yoga it is also an evidence-based practice which also draws on the skills and knowledge of modern medicine.
A Yoga Therapist is an experienced Yoga Teacher with additional qualifications, specialised skills and knowledge in the application of Yoga within a therapeutic setting.
A Yoga Therapist draws from the principles of Yoga and the full range of Yoga practices, bio-medical knowledge and assessment skills to establish a professional relationship with clients. Together, the therapist and client will develop a self-empowering therapeutic program appropriate to the client’s needs.
Yoga Therapists accredited by the AAYT have undertaken additional training beyond that of a yoga teaching qualification and adhere to professional ethics, guidelines and codes relating to the practice of Yoga Therapy in Australia.
In order to gain professional recognition as an AAYT accredited Yoga Therapist, a Yoga Therapist must meet the following criteria:
- As of October 2015, AAYT Membership Standards increased and Yoga Therapists now have to meet a revised set of AAYT_Membership & Educational Training Standards
- Yoga Therapy students enrolled in AAYT accredited Training Programs before October 2015 will be covered under an AAYT Grandfather clause.
- AAYT Scope of Practice: A Yoga Therapist must work within a Scope of Practice which clearly defines what a Yoga Therapist can and cannot do.
- Code of Practice: A Yoga Therapist also agrees to adhere to a professional Code of Conduct.
- Continuing Professional Development: As part of yearly membership, a Yoga Therapist must participate in ongoing professional development to ensure their skills and knowledge are continually improving.
In order to guarantee a high level of professionalism, the AAYT recommends that only AAYT accredited Yoga Therapists be used. To identify an AAYT accredited Yoga Therapist look for this logo: