Yoga Therapy is the personalised application of Yoga techniques to fit the needs and interests of the individual.
It is an integrated mind-body approach for restoring balance and functioning to the physical (musculoskeletal), physiological (digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune), and mental/emotional systems.
Yoga Therapy uses the tools that are found in many Yoga classes — postures, breath work, meditation, awareness of the body and/or mind, relaxation — and adapts them to suit the needs and ability of the individual.
Its aim is to promote health in its holistic sense (health of the mind, body and emotions).
Yoga Therapy provides a means of actively involving the individual in his or own health care, and can be used to:
• reduce symptoms of illness or injury
• establish better functioning breath and movement patterns
• reduce emotional distress (depression, anxiety, destructive patterns)
• improve health and quality of life
• enhance positive coping strategies.
No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Jodie Holdway is passionate about sharing the benefits of Yoga and empowering students to create optimum health and wellbeing for themselves.
With a BSc(Hons) in Psychology, she is British Wheel of Yoga trained; has completed a 500-hour Art of Teaching Yoga Diploma (from the T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar tradition) with the Association of Yoga Studies and is now nearing the end of a further 500 hour Yoga Therapy Diploma endorsed by the British Council of Yoga Therapy and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Jodie is one of the few teachers in North Herts offering Yoga and Yoga therapy from the authentic tradition of T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar.
“While I’m an avid gym bunny, working out two or three times a week, my co-ordination isn’t great! I was hoping yoga would help; with a few niggling injuries, a class was pretty intimidating – so I was happy to try yoga therapy.
Jodie Holdway is highly qualified and experienced, she quickly got to the crux of what I needed, teaching me some simple yoga movements which would improve my physical balance.
However, the less expected bonus, was that I also gained some calm and emotional balance from the breathing which goes along with the practice. I’m asthmatic and have a fairly high stress job, Jodie gave me exercises to do at home, putting time aside once a day to breathe and move has helped improve my balance, my public speaking and my mood.
I’m doing yoga therapy once a fortnight and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to find a little balance – physically, emotionally or even spiritually.
While I’d encourage anyone to attend a class, yoga therapy offers a more tailored approach, especially helpful for those with injuries, or in need of a little extra support.” H.O. (client)