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What is Yoga Therapy?

This is one of the most common questions that I hear discussed in online groups.

Today, Angie Noe, an IAYT Yoga Therapist, will talk about yoga therapy and answer all of your questions surrounding this field of yoga!

πŸ‘‰ What is the difference between a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher offering private sessions?

πŸ‘‰ What is the scope of a yoga therapist?

πŸ‘‰ Who should be a yoga therapist?

πŸ‘‰ Where do yoga therapists work?

πŸ‘‰ How to find a yoga therapy school

πŸ‘‰ What is IAYT???

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About Angie:

Angie Noe is a fun-loving human being who has a heart and a passion for serving and helping others.

She is a native to Colorado, and her passion is to help others in all stages of their life. As a Yoga Therapist, Angie has completed over 2100 hours of training in yoga and yoga therapy with esteemed teachers like Hansa Knox and Nischala Joy Devi. She adapts yoga practices to the needs of the individuals for specific issues that cannot be addressed in a traditional Yoga class.

Angie was also asked to be an assistant to Nischala Joy Devi in July 2015 for a β€œYoga of the Heart” program in West Virginia in Yogaville. What an amazing experience it was to help her teacher and be of service. Nischala Joy Devi gave Angie a spiritual name of Anandi, which was received with both love and gratitude.

Listening to this CD is like having a personal storyteller in your bedroom, calming your mind chatter and soothing you to sleep and deep relaxation. Yes Please!

Key Takeaways

[00:44] Introducing Angie

[02:06] What is the difference between Yoga Therapy and a yoga teacher offering private sessions?

[05:55] What does it take to become a yoga therapist?

[07:25] What is IAYT?

[08:37] What is the scope of a yoga therapist? What type of clients do yoga therapists work with?

[10:36] What is the difference between a yoga therapist and a physical therapist?

[12:38] Who do you think should consider becoming a yoga therapist?

[16:02] Some of the client’s Angie’s worked with in the past.

[18:01] A list of some of the tools in a yoga therapist’s toolbox.Β 

Quotes from this episode

Yoga therapists can work with physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual issues.

{The difference between physical therapy and yoga therapy.} We’re more than just this body. Our mental state affects our body, our emotional state affects our body, our spirit affects our body. Yoga Therapy looks at the whole person and how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies work together to create harmony and pain-free living within. 

{Who should be a yoga therapist?} I think anybody that wants to go beyond being a yoga teacher and wants to  help people heal on many different levels. For myself, I loved what Yoga did for me mentally and physically and I knew that there was so much more to this than just being a teacher. And so I was exploring and I was just like a sponge wanting to learn to help so I could facilitate others on their healing journey.

I really think that if you are looking to be in the yoga industry and make this your career, yoga therapy is going to be that more professional level where you can work in hospitals, you can work more in rehabilitation programs, you can work in prisons, you can work with more special populations. 

As yoga therapists, you have to be able to listen. Not just pretend like you’re listening, but actively listen and be compassionate and be there for your clients.

A list of SOME of the tools you may learn in an IAYT yoga therapy training:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Pranayama
  • Asana
  • Mudra
  • Meditation
  • Guided meditation
  • Self-inquiry
  • Mantra
  • Bija sounds
  • Marma points
  • Color therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Music
  • Taste therapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Vastu
  • Joytisa

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