Terra Gold Yoga Therapist

Santa Barbara, CA

Your Source for Therapeutic Yoga, Santa Barbara, CA


What Is Yoga Therapy?

A precise definition of modern yoga therapy comes from the Western psychologist, longtime yogi, and co-founding member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) Richard Miller,
PhD. He writes the following: “Yoga therapy may be defined as the application of yogic principles to a particular person with the objective of achieving a particular spiritual, psychological, or physiological
goal.” He goes on to say that yoga therapy may include “the application of meditation, textual study, spiritual or psychological counseling, chanting, imagery, prayer, and ritual to meet the needs of the individual. Yoga therapy respects individual differences in age,
culture, religion, philosophy, occupation, and mental and physical health. The knowledgeable and competent yogi or yogini applies Yoga Therapy according to the period, the place, and the
practitioner's age, strength, and activities.”1

One of my own mentors — a dear friend and colleague named Larry Payne, PhD (and another founding member of IAYT) — states succinctly that “Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class.”

What can yoga therapy treat?

Yoga therapy has been researched extensively for helping to reduce the symptoms associated with heart disease, diabetes, chronic digestive issues, cancer, hormonal imbalances, mental health issues,
insomnia, and many structural injuries or ailments. Medical research has shown that in some cases it can be the most effective complementary therapy.

As a certified Yoga Therapist, what do I offer in my private sessions?

As a Yoga Therapist, I design individualized protocols that include postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation practices (bhavana, japas, mantra), and other yogic therapies that together offer an individualized, holistic plan for well-rounded care. As a student and practitioner of the yogic sciences since my teenage years, I’ve personally experienced the deep power of these practices and continue to share those that have been profoundly transformative and effective for my patients.  

With Payne and Eden Goldman, DC, I co-wrote the best-selling textbook Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine, which highlights many of the world’s top Yoga Therapy lineages and outlines case studies for specific conditions. 

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