In the first private session we get to know each other, review your personal needs and goals, and assess posture and breath patterns. In addition, you will learn basic breathing techniques and postures that form the foundation of a yoga practice. Future sessions can serve to develop a home practice, help with a particular injury or health issue, and, if desired, help you transition into group classes. Future sessions may include a combination of postures, breathing and iRest Yoga Nidra.
Individual iRest sessions are also offered by appointment. Click here for more information about iRest dyads with Jeanne Dillion.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of poses, breathing and relaxation techniques, and/or meditation to meet the specific needs of the individual. This approach is ideal for lingering injuries, and physical or mental conditions. Yoga Therapy is not a replacement for traditional medicine or physical/psychological therapy but rather is an adjunctive and complementary modality for optimal healing. As a holistic model for healing, Yoga Therapy treats the whole person rather than just the symptom(s). Sessions may include breath work, and self inquiry meditation also known as Integrative Restoration (iRest) – Yoga Nidra.
Working individually with a Certified Yoga Therapist can serve to help with a specific health condition as well as finding peace with life and relationship issues. You will gain valuable tools for breaking the stress cycle and enhancing well-being.
Some of the specific health conditions that Yoga Therapy can be helpful for, include:
- back pain
- chronic pain
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- menopause and pre-menstrual syndrome
- neck pain
- knee pain
- high blood pressure
- and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Specific Conditions include:
Yoga for Fertility
Why yoga for fertility? Yoga’s focus on integrating awareness, breath, and movement helps reduce stress often associated with the struggle of infertility as well as benefit the general reproductive health of men and women trying to conceive.
Yoga postures and breathing techniques provide a gentler way to exercise the body, without interfering with the hormonal balance required to enhance fertility. Yoga can also affect a woman’s fertility journey at a more psychological level providing a calm break in the frustrations of trying so hard to obtain something so deeply desired.
Yoga for Fibromyalgia
Specific Yoga benefits that may be helpful for symptoms of fibromyalgia and other forms of arthritis include the following:
- Yoga helps to maintain energy and strength and can be done virtually anywhere without any special equipment.
- Yoga can be practiced in a chair or even in bed, if necessary.Movements assist to relax tight, sore muscles, stimulate circulation and the hormonal system, send fresh oxygen throughout the body, and flush out toxins and impurities.
- Yoga practice strengthens and limbers the muscles leaving one feeling revitalized. Supported inversions can help cleanse the body’s organs and reduce swelling and inflammation of muscles.
- Breathing techniques counteract fatigue and lethargy and help reduce harmful stress reactions.
- Deep, rhythmic breathing may lift depression and reduce anxiety and inertia. Linking physical movement with the breath can increase the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream, muscles and to the brain!
- Relaxation and meditation have been proven to help with chronic pain and depression. By stopping thoughts momentarily, the mind and body experience a rejuvenating break. Sleep patterns and drug dependency may improve as well.
Click here to read Extra Gentle Yoga for Fibromyalgia by Jeanne Dillion E-RYT (500). This article was originally published in the International Association of Yoga Therapists Journal 2002.
It is important to find a teacher or yoga therapist to work with who has therapeutic yoga training and experience. A gentle practice is essential for individuals with fibromyalgia syndrome. With physical exercise of any kind, remember that less can be more!
Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
Yoga is widely recognized as an excellent means of managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Benefits include increased body awareness, release of muscular tension, increased coordination and balance, better flexibility and strength, decreased fatigue, increased tolerance to heat, improved circulation and breathing, improved organ function, enhanced alertness, stress reduction, and an overall feeling of well- being.
Weekly classes provide a therapeutic approach in which appropriate adaptations of poses are offered based on individual needs. Participants can expect relaxation, stress reduction, and enhanced well-being from attending. Our studio is wheelchair accessible. The class is designed to accommodate up to ten students comfortably, a size that is ideal for meeting individual needs.
This class is offered Thursdays, Noon – 1:00 p.m. *This class is also open to people who are not living with MS but may have other health conditions requiring a gentle practice.
For more information or to register, please call Jeanne at (208) 345-7113.
“Three years ago at the age of 67 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Two days later I had an ACL replacement from a ski accident. Five months later I tore the meniscus in the same knee in a mountain bike accident. Typical PD motion disorders impacted my balance and coordination to a point I gave up skiing and biking rather than risk additional injuries. A year ago my physical therapist suggested I try yoga and directed me to Yoga for Wellness. After a few private sessions I joined a group therapeutic gentle class meeting three times a week. In the past year I’ve enjoyed incredible improvements in both balance and coordination along with general well-being. Recently, my neurologist reported that there was no measurable progression of the PD in the past year. The therapeutic benefits of Yoga have allowed me to move forward without many of the crippling long-term mental issues associated with PD.” John Dillman, Boise