What Is Yoga Therapy?

An Ancient Model, Vital Today

​Yoga Therapy is an ancient model of healing that has great relevance for our times.  It treats the person holistically, not just an isolated disease or imbalance.  

Links with Ayurveda

​Yoga therapy has links with Ayurveda, it’s sister science, and sees the person as an intricate body-mind system.  In yoga therapy, the body is not divorced from the mind, and the mind is not seen as separate from the body.  

Diverse Conditions…

​I have applied Yoga Therapy to working with individuals who were experiencing illnesses as diverse as auto-immune disorders and depression.    I have worked specifically with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.  I have also worked with individuals with structural disorders such as scoliosis.  

​…Diverse Tools

Yoga therapy ​combines Yoga’s diverse "tools" such as movement, pranayama (breathwork), sound (chanting), visualization and counselling. This combining of tools, together with treating the whole person and their unique circumstances, together with Yoga Therapy's ancient model of the human system, creates an extremely effective means to support the individual’s journey towards health and wholeness.

Where Yoga Therapy Began

The history of yoga goes back more than 5 thousand years in India. Yoga Therapy is a modern synthesis that can be traced to the work of the modern father of yoga, T. Krishnamacharya whose students dramatically popularized yoga in the West. The work training people in Yoga Therapy was carried on by his son. TKV Desikachar, and his grandson, Kausthub Desikachar.

Yoga Therapy: 10X Healing Process

​Dr. Reuben Weininger, Santa Barbara-based psychiatrist and yoga teacher, refers patients to me so that I work with them and carefully craft a personal practice, because he has seen in his over 20 years of counseling that a personal yoga practice from a qualified teacher, "Can speed the healing process ten-fold."

Centers, Teachers, Events

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SKY Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Center

International Association of Yoga Therapists


Further Reading


Begin with reading about the life of T. Krishnamacharya: Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya co-authored by his son, TKV Desikachar and RH Cravens.

A.G. Mohan was a direct student of Krishnamacharya's and has a center for Yoga Therapy in Chennai, India. He has written Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness


 ​For further understanding about yoga therapy’s potential, please see my interviews for the Huffington Post with leading yoga therapists Sonia Nelson and Kausthub Desikachar.