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.

Remote Yoga Therapy

This is a unique yoga therapy offering that allows clients flexibility and accountability in their healing process. Clients will work with their yoga therapist via a secure video meeting once weekly for about 30 minutes.  In that time, chief complaint, mindset, physical condition, breath awareness, and a practice plan will be discussed for the week.  Then, daily (or otherwise-determined "regular") email correspondence will hold the client to new life structures to balance mind, body, and breath with ongoing feedback and support from the yoga therapist.  Emails are not intended to be time-consuming, but rather a methodical way to document practice completed and awareness developed over the months.  This allows progress, practices, and insights to be written and to be reviewed as desired.  Regular, daily written correspondence also cultivates needed new discipline. Additionally, clients will have access to yoga therapist text correspondence in times where more support is needed.  Please feel free to contact Danielle with any questions regarding this format and what it entails.  Longer video chat sessions are also avaiable upon request and as deemed appropriate.

Individual remote therapy sessions are available during the COVID-19 crisis, not just the monthly packages as described.

Where to Find Us

Total Health & Wellness Associates

  • 23580 Orchard Lake Road  Farmington Hills, MI 48336
  • 245 Barclay Circle. Suite 400  Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  • 432 N. Saginaw St. Suite 433  Flint, MI 48502

Phone: (248) 957-6444


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