How can yoga help me heal?
Yoga practice is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the yoga teacher, implements a personalized and evolving yoga practice, that not only addresses your challenges in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate your suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner to any other healing modality (alternative or conventional). Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga practice can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage your challenges, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels. – adapted from TKV Desikachar
Who chooses yoga as part of a healing program?
Anyone looking for a holistic (mind, body, spirit) approach to disease to address the physical, mental, spiritual, energetic or emotional body.
Can you do yoga and traditional medicine at the same time?
Absolutely! I encourage my clients to receive treatment from both traditional and alternative modalities.
What is yoga effective for?
There are many studies coming out recently that are showing that yoga is particularly effective for reducing the both physical and non-physical causes of stress, which in turn allows the body to return to health-promoting patterns. Yogic practices can promote health and proper functional movement in the muscles, organs, bones, fascia and multiple functions in the body. Most recently, research scientists at UCLA proved that yoga can improve the processes that signal gene activation. Yoga can also address the thought patterns that turn into perception, attitude and emotions.
Who certifies yoga therapists?
This is still an evolving part of the field. The IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) is doing its best to come up with definitions and requirements for yoga therapists. The Yoga Alliance is the governing body that certifies yoga training programs as having real educational merit and skill requirements, and I am also a E-RYT 500 (registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance). I am a member of the IAYT, and I am certified through a 500 hour teacher training program by Subtle Yoga with Kaoverri Weber.
What does a yoga session cost?
Currently, my rate is $75 an hour for a yoga session. This includes intake, evaluation, instruction and recommendations for daily practice. First appointments are $75 and 75 minutes, all follow-up appointments are $75 and 60 minutes. You can also book 90 minutes for $95 and 120 minutes for $120. You will receive recommendations on how to apply yogic practices on the emotional, mental and physical levels, as well as energetically and spiritually if so desired. You will also receive an email summarizing our session so that you can apply the techniques at home.
What are your hours?
I am available for sessions at the following hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I also have weekend hours, generally 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., though they can vary due to trainings and events. I can do consultations via phone, Skype or in person. If you live outside of the Asheville area and want an in-person consultation, there may be travel expenses added on to your fee.