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Yoga therapy: It’s not yoga class. It’s not talk therapy. Just what is it?
With only 6,000 IAYT-certified yoga therapists worldwide, it's no wonder that not many people know about the benefits of this emerging...
Accepting new clients in New Haven and Guilford offices; telehealth available.
Get help with your physical and mental health conditions.
Pediatric and adults. No experience needed.
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, depression, eating disorders, addiction, chronic pain, back pain, fatigue, autoimmune disease, 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.
Read my blog post on how I work and what to expect as a client here.
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 one of partnership, empowering the client to take a leading role in self-healing.
My approach gives you:
The freedom and privacy to explore applying therapeutic yoga practices to aid you in healing through home practice
A truly customized experience designed with your unique goals, your wellness and your curiosity in mind
The support you need to develop your home practice safely as we utilize a wider variety of aids and practices than are commonly offered in a public studio
Welcoming all ages, abilities, experience and health conditions.
"As someone who has battled anxiety for most of my life, [Christine] introduced me to new, effective breathing techniques and poses to counteract my anxiety symptoms. I highly recommend Christine if you struggle with anxiety or if you are just looking for a different approach to finding a sense of peace and calm."
Worried about performing postures? Don't be! Many clients have never done yoga before, and for some, physical yoga practices are not possible due to illness or injury. Yoga at Home offers you a level of safety, customization, privacy, convenience, and specific consideration that is not possible in a public group class at a yoga studio. Adaptive Yoga for special needs and supporting accommodations are always available. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
Yoga Therapy services begin with a free initial phone consultation to see if Yoga Therapy is right for you.
The 90-minute Yoga Therapy Intake Session is an opportunity to discuss your situation in depth in a supportive and comfortable setting. 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.
If you determine that Yoga Therapy is right for you, we'll then book your first session and come up with a treatment plan for your circumstances. Sessions might be initially weekly, then later on the could be bi-weekly, monthly, or as needed.
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.
Office locations in New Haven and Guilford, via telehealth, or at your home.
Bookings are scheduled during your phone consultation.
Yoga Therapy is offered at my downtown New Haven office, located at 157 Church Street, 19th Floor. The Guilford office is located at 2614 Boston Post Rd, front parking lot, Main Building, 2nd floor at LifeCatalyst Therapy and Coaching.
Home visits available at additional cost based on your location. Serving the Connecticut Shoreline from New Haven to Old Saybrook and north through Middletown. Additional travel fees may apply for locations outside service area.
Telehealth sessions available.
Visit my blog to discover simple Mini Home Practices and learn about the emerging field of Yoga Therapy.