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YOGA THERAPY FAQs

What does a Yoga Therapy Session with Kirby look like?

Before the session, you would fill out an Intake Form to set intentions and inform Kirby of what issues you hope to address.

After discussing your areas of concern – be them physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual – Kirby leads you through various tools of yoga that might be of benefit and assesses your ability with and enthusiasm for these tools. Dependent on feedback and interest, Kirby then develops a practice for you to do at home; this practice can be designed to do daily, every other day or weekly… whatever you and Kirby agrees works best. You will receive written and drawn out instructions for your home practice, and access to Kirby via email or follow up calls with questions about your practice.

Sessions usually last an hour and a half and are done in person or through video-conference.

What is the difference between a yoga teacher and a Yoga Therapist?

A Yoga Therapist is a yoga teacher who has completed additional training. In addition to the 200-hour yoga teacher training Kirby completed with Kripalu School of Yoga, Kirby has dedicated five years of study to the practice of Yoga Therapy with JJ Gormley of the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School.

Most yoga teachers spend 200-hours studying:

  • Yoga philosophy and foundations

  • Basic anatomy and physiology

  • Practice-teaching and assisting a teacher

In addition to the above, Yoga Therapists spend at least two additional years studying:

  • Psychology and additional biomedicine

  • Adaptation of yoga tools to individual needs

  • In-depth anatomy and pathophysiology

  • Extensive clinical practicum

What is the difference between a yoga class and a Yoga Therapy session?

A yoga class provides: instruction in yoga techniques, a general practice (which is often fitness-oriented), limited individual adaptations, and a community practice.

A Yoga Therapy Session provides: individual assessment and formal intake, addressing of specific concern(s), practices tailored to client goals, individual empowerment through self-healing, and a therapeutic relationship.

What are some reasons individuals might seek out yoga therapy?

  • Chronic Pain: Low back pain, Arthritis, PMS, Fibromyalgia, sports injury, neck pain…

  • Neurologic Issues: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, effects of Stroke…

  • Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, PTSD, Insomnia…

  • Illness Support: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart disease…

  • Healthy Aging: Osteoporosis, balance issues, fall prevention, incontinence…

What should I wear and bring to a Yoga Therapy session?

Clothes that you feel comfortable moving in. Mats and props are available for your use at Kirby's office.

Does Kirby work with people who live outside of Denver, CO?

Yes! Kirby is happy to work over Facetime, Skype, or Zoom… whatever works best for you.

What is the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)?

The IAYT, established in 1989, is the professional organization that develops in-depth, competency-based educational standards for Yoga Therapists. Their mission is to establish yoga as a recognized, respected therapy, and they have developed a rigorous accreditation process for training programs.

Here is the IAYT's official definition of Yoga Therapy.

Learn more at www.IAYT.org.