What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapists empower people to work with a wide variety of physical and mental health conditions, such as anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, stress-related disorders, eating disorders, addiction, chronic pain, back pain, fatigue, respiratory conditions, bone disease, heart disease, bowel disorders, and more.
Yoga Therapists develop metrics collaboratively with the client and select safe, appropriate and effective therapeutic techniques, including physical yoga, breathing and meditation. Current research supports the efficacy of these practices.
Yoga Therapy is rapidly emerging as a complementary yet distinctly different model to address underlying health conditions that are often not responsive to Western interventions alone.
Meet Christine, MA, BDYT, E-RYT
I’m so glad you’ve found me and have taken the first step toward beginning your yoga practice and healing yourself from within.
I am certified with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor, and trained as a Yoga Therapist through Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy. I am also actively training and advancing toward my 875-hour C-IAYT certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
I began learning yoga right at home in my living room at a time in my life when it was impossible for me to get to a studio. Many years later, my mat is still here for me each day. My home practice brings me a sense of deep inner peace and strength, even healing my lifelong struggle with anxiety.
Years before I discovered yoga, I experienced flow states in my former career as a classical flutist. Flow states give a feeling of effortless effort and complete immersion in a present experience. These states are similar to the Yogic state of samadhi, or bliss, and they arise not from trying, but rather from the mundanity of regular practice. And so, to this day, I continue to practice! But now, I practice Yogic breathwork and asana rather than musical breathing and scales.
Today, I work with a diverse roster of clients across CT to foster well-being, healing, and ease in their lives. I share the secrets of a lifelong "practice" just as it's always been done–from one teacher to one student. It continues to bring me joy to serve each of my clients through the gift of a home yoga practice.
I look forward to getting to know you as you explore your personal practice.
One Teacher. One Student. Called parampara in the Yoga tradition, my approach is part of a longstanding oral tradition honoring the uniqueness of each student's journey through one-on-one education. In Yoga Therapy, the therapeutic relationship is lateral rather than hierarchical, empowering the client to take a leading role in directing and assessing self-healing.
My approach gives you:
The freedom and privacy to explore yoga practice in your own home, creating healthy and convenient routines
A truly customized experience designed with your unique body, your goals, and your curiosity in mind
The support you need to practice safely as we utilize a wider variety of supports than are commonly available in a public studio
Beginners, youth & seniors encouraged!
What to Expect
Yoga at Home offers Yoga Therapy and Private Yoga. Both services offer you a level of safety, convenience, privacy and specific consideration that is not possible in a public group class at a yoga studio.
Private Yoga is offered weekly in your home. Each 75-minute session provides you with an immersive sensory experience for optimal well-being, designed with your needs in mind. Expect to be pampered with music, blankets, essential oils, and more. Adaptive Yoga for special needs and supporting accommodations are available for those wishing to explore the intrinsic rather than therapeutic benefits of developing an individualized home yoga practice.
Yoga Therapy services begin with a free initial phone consultation, plus an Introductory Therapy package of 2 sessions including an Intake Session and an Introductory Session, to see if Yoga Therapy is right for you.
The 90-minute Yoga Therapy Intake Session is an opportunity to collaboratively identify personal metrics of success in addressing your condition and any accommodations or contraindications. You will have plenty of time to describe your situation in a supportive and comfortable setting. Learn what to expect as we discuss a strategy to select a safe, appropriate and effective therapeutic approach for your condition. Receive an honest initial assessment of whether Yoga Therapy is likely to help, and your expected investment. This discussion usually includes an estimated number, frequency and duration of appointments, and the time you might expect to spend on home practices. For those with communication challenges or those under 18, a trusted advocate, partner or parent is encouraged to attend the Intake Session with you.
The 50-minute Yoga Therapy Introductory Session follows your Intake Session. Expect to try out new practices which may include physical yoga, breathing, meditation, reading and/or lifestyle changes. At this time, we will discuss our therapeutic approach to address your condition. We will begin to identify practices that work well for you.
If you determine that Yoga Therapy is right for you, New Clients are then eligible for the six- or twelve-session Yoga Therapy Packages. Yoga Therapy sessions are scheduled with a frequency that is co-determined by the client and the Y.T., based on your circumstances, your wellness goals, your condition, and your preference. Sessions might be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
A typical 50-minute working Yoga Therapy session includes a check-in to discuss how you are doing, your recent experiences and your health status. There is time to ask any questions you have regarding your home practices. The bulk of the session is spent experiencing, learning, and refining practices. There is time at the end to reflect, receive any new home practices, and discuss any other objectives. Take-home materials may include printed sequences, video and/or audio aids for your exclusive use.
After completing therapy, many clients wish to book an occasional Single Yoga Therapy session as a follow up. Such sessions serve to maintain wellness and explore refinements to a client's advancing home practice. Single Yoga Therapy appointments are open to current or former Yoga Therapy clients.
Locations & Service Area
Yoga Therapy is offered at my downtown New Haven office, located at 157 Church Street, 19th Floor. Alternative location in Guilford studio available upon request. Shoreline office coming soon.
Private Yoga, Couples Yoga, and Private Events are offered at your home, your venue, or at a Guilford studio location by special arrangement. Park and beach locations are available seasonally as weather permits.
Serving the Connecticut Shoreline from New Haven to Old Saybrook and north through Middletown. Travel fees may apply for locations outside service area.
Zoom sessions available upon request for existing clients and those outside the service area.