Yoga Therapy


Yoga therapy is an adjunct healing modality that may provide practical support, relaxation, self-awareness, and stress reduction to clients of varied backgrounds and conditions.


While yoga therapists do not diagnose or treat, they instead provide clients with exercises to create greater balance in the body, the mind, and in breath.  The yoga therapist may also use thoughtful discussion to shift unhelpful perspectives and gain a new understanding of the mind - and how to use it.


Yoga therapy is unique in that the individual is not necessarily "receiving treatment" from the therapist.  Instead, the client must actively listen, observe themselves, and do the actual work of self-discovery.  Yoga is called a "practice" because it is about the continual awareness through daily life that makes a difference - tools learned in session must be employed in the additional 23 hours of the day to create stability, composure, restfulness, and strength.


What to Expect

A yoga therapy session in a clinical environment will look a little different than the local yoga studio.  The sessions take place in normal therapy rooms with a chair for the clientand a chair for the therapist.  Yoga mats and props may or may not be used and are not necessary for a beneficial session.


Guided Self-Study includes:

1) Balancing the Body:  Traditional postures may be specifically suited for any level of fitness or condition.  Less traditional practices may also be used, such as focused writing, walking, and artistic expression.

2) Understanding the Mind:  Meditation, guided relaxation, body scans, and other mindfulness practices may be used.  Here, skills of observation are sharpened.  The client learns the difference between the mind as equivalent to his or her identity and the mind as merely a tool, not the master.

3) Using the Breath:  Breathing practices such as diaphragmatic breath, counted breaths, "redundant breath," alternate nostril breath, breath retention, ujjayi breath, and many more may be used to create a sense of freedom and relaxation, control, and centeredness in oneself.  The ability to observe and control the breath can lead to greater mental and physical stability, as well as a sense of freedom within the entire system.

Where to Find Us

Total Health & Wellness Associates

  • 31700 W. 12 Mile Rd. Suites 100 & 250  Farmington Hills, MI 48334
  • 1025 E. Maple Rd. Suite B-7A  Birmingham, MI 48009
  •  245 Barclay Circle. Suite 400  Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  • 432 N. Saginaw St. Suite 433  Flint, MI 48502

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