Yoga Therapy is meant to be the bridge from chronic conditions to yoga classes.
How does Yoga Therapy differ from “regular Yoga”?
- Yoga therapy is personalized to your unique needs, regular yoga is not.
- Yoga Therapy works in conjunction with your wellness team, regular yoga does not.
- Yoga Therapy is a customized plan with periodic reassessments, regular yoga is not.
Meet our two C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists :
Theresa Goodman and Kelly Colln
Notes from Theresa Goodman, C-IAYT Notes from Kelly Colln, C-IAYT
Do any of the following conditions sound familiar?
- If you answered yes to even one of the conditions above, you could benefit from yoga therapy.
- KC Yoga Center's Therapy program utilizes our interdisciplinary wellness team to customize YOUR Yoga therapy plan.
- Private and confidential, it’s a special time devoted solely to your personal growth.
- Depending upon your initial Assessment you will have a customized plan incorporating the following practices.
Devoting over ten years to the study, practice of asana and yoga philosophy, Theresa merits over 7000 CEU’S in yoga training and teaching. She is a teacher of teachers and is a Certified Yoga Therapist with C-IYAT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She serves as a teaching faculty member at The Yoga School of Therapeutics and KC Yoga Center at Zona Rosa and City Market.
In the 1990s Theresa suffered from sciatica and migraines from a cervical spine injury and that is when she turned to yoga to seek solace and peace in her life. The migraines disappeared with the use of asana, mantras, meditation and breathing. On Sept 1 , 2016 while walking her dog near downtown KC Theresa was hit by a car and nearly run over. The impact from the vehicle affected the left side. MRI results showed a torn ACL, MCL and a Meniscus tear on the left knee, as well as contusions on the femur in the upper thigh and the lower lateral femur, contusion on the fibula two herniated disks and a spondylolisthesis of L4 left her with pain. It was in this moment where the heart and soul of yoga therapy shined as she researched into a nutrient dense diet to help repair the bones and ligaments and practice the restorative yoga she has taught for years.
Today Theresa is a skilled herbalist, nutrition specialist, and studies homeopathy. She is a mother of four boys and is a strong supporter of natural childbirth and breastfeeding; thus Prenatal and Postnatal yoga are also her specialties. She is open to sharing her story with students so that they can know all bodies can be healed and that they can be successful as a practitioner of yoga. Theresa is the creator of the innovative "Yoga Sandbag". Theresa advises her students individually to meet their unique needs and activates this practice with her deep love of humanity and wellness.
The initial draw to take a yoga class was not because I felt good. Debilitating pain from a car wreck in 1997. I walked away from the accident without a scratch. Three weeks later shooting pain radiating down the side of my leg began. At the time, I was a young mother of a two year old child. I couldn't get out of bed without a handful of muscle relaxers and pain pills. Eventually, my foot started dragging due to the nerve pain and damage. Realizing pain pills and muscle relaxers were not the answer, I found a great General Practitioner who helped me understand the benefits of Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy. A very wise PT told me, "You have to keep moving. Every day. Move. Join a gym..." And that's exactly what I did.
That gym is where I was first introduced to yoga. The teacher had on a black unitard and wild frizzy hair. She incorporated most of my favorite stretches from PT. Within a couple of years, focusing on my yoga practice, I left the gym. I surrounded myself with people who viewed Yoga as a healing modality and began Yoga Teacher training.
Once I started training as a teacher and therapist, I never stopped. For 10 years I trained with my goal of becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist. I pursued my yoga training as if I was getting a Masters Degree...and then a specialist...and then...YOGA THERAPIST! Now I am Kelly Colln, C-IAYT! Certified-International Association of Yoga Therapists.
One more mention, generally most people don't continue to move their bodies after PT. I have clients who come to me and say, "I do my PT exercises if my back starts to hurt again." I'm here to tell them...the movements they learn in PT are very likely closely related to Yoga. If they create a yoga practice and do a little every day...10-15 minutes a day, they could possibly ward off pain. At the very least they could possibly affect the duration and intensity the episode thereby shortening the overall recovery process and helping to manage the depression, frustration and anxiety that goes along with chronic pain.
I am a grateful person. I stand before you today on the other side of excricuciating and debilitating pain. If you are suffering now, Yoga Therapy is an alternative that might be beneficial! Some of the side effects are as follows...
1. You feel better! 2. You feel better! 3. You feel better!
BS, MSEd, E-200 RYT, E-500
RYT 1000- CYT, C-IAYT
KC Yoga Therapy FAQs
Excerpted from International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) website.
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- Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well- being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.
- The yoga tradition views each human being as a multidimensional system that includes numerous aspects-including body, breath, and mind (intellect and emotions)-and their mutual interaction.
- Yoga therapy is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions, which are distinct from an individual's unchanging nature or spirit.
The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, and/or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.
- Yoga therapists draw from the principles of yoga and the full range of yogic practices and assessment skills, as well as familiarity with biomedical and psychological foundational knowledge.
- Yoga therapists work with the client to develop and implement a self-empowering therapeutic plan appropriate to the client's needs and oriented around prevention and health promotion.
- IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) has undertaken specialized training beyond that of a yoga teacher, in accordance with theI AYT's Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists
- Has met IAYT’s requirements for grandparenting professionals.
- IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapists adhere to the professional ethics, guidelines, and codes relating to the practice of yoga therapy as defined by the IAYT and commit to not making false or inaccurate claims about yoga's therapeutic and healing capacities.
- Anyone can say they are a yoga therapist.
- It is not regulated by a State Licensure Board.
- IAYT has been working tirelessly since 2002 to create standards of practice and and certification so that people will know their yoga therapist is properly and adequately trained to serve them.
- There are two IAYT certified Yoga Therapists in Kansas City.
- The owner of KC Yoga Center, Kelly Colln, is one of them.
- Individualized one-on-one yoga therapy sessions. (If the client is a child/minor, the state or other local jurisdiction laws governing the safety of children/minors are to be adhered to.)
- Group Yoga Therapy:
- Group Yoga Therapy is a session(s) in which a yoga therapist works with a small group of clients who have a similar condition or symptom(s), or with clients who have a variety of health or health-related conditions.
- A hallmark that differentiates group yoga therapy from group yoga teaching is the presence of an individual intake and assessment for each client in the group prior to commencing the class, personalization of the practice(s) based on the individual assessment, and reassessment at regular intervals throughout a series of classes.
Excerpted from International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) website.