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.
Notes from Kelly Colln, C-IAYT
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!
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