Yoga Therapy is the adaption of yoga practises for people with health challenges. By integrating the mind and body, balance can be restored to the physical, physiological and mental/emotional system.
Yoga Therapy is a self-empowering process, guided and supported by the Yoga Therapist. The Yoga Therapist analyses and addresses the needs taking into account physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. The Yoga therapist then assigns a specific sequence of postures, breathing and relaxation techniques to meet an individuals needs.
"Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels."
– TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar
Come back to yourself by allowing yourself to breath and be.
"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga."
– IAYT International Association of Yoga Therapists
Your first yoga therapy session will last 75–90 minute.
After your first session you may return for 60–75 minute follow-up sessions as needed.
Your first session will include a comprehensive interview to gather historical information relevant to your current condition(s). You will be asked about history of medical illness, injury, past and current treatment, medication and supplements you may be taking, and questions about activities of daily living (diet, sleep, activity).
Please download and complete the Health Information Form and return it at least 48 hours before your first session. Please use this as an opportunity to think about how you hope to be helped by yoga therapy, and, if you have multiple concerns, to prioritise where you most urgently would like assistance.
Based on the interview, an assessment of your movement patterns, your yoga experience, and your priority concerns, the therapist will develop a short yoga practice for you to do at home between sessions. The therapist will ensure that you know how to perform all of the elements of the practice safely, and s/he will provide you with a written copy of your practice. In subsequent sessions, you will check in with the therapist about how the practice is working for you. The therapist will guide you through the practice elements to offer refinements and to offer modifications or changes to the practice as needed.
Dress in comfortable clothing in which you are able to stretch and move freely. Yoga sessions are done barefoot.
No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Connect to your inner voice to start trusting yourself again.
Since a young age my inner voice took me on a journey to find ‘inner happiness and calm’, knowing I can find it.
Early on, my spiritual path led me to meditation; over the years I acquired different techniques and saw the changes within me.
When I stumbled across my first Ashtanga Yoga class the pieces fell together, and since nearly 20 years I am walking the yogic path. Meditation showed me the entrance to my home, Yoga.
Through Yoga I've learned about the inner facets of my being, and I believe from my life experiences and long time work as a yoga teacher, that we can all find a way out of darkness to freedom through yoga, by being open and curious and not shying away from emotions.
I am teaching yoga over 15 years. I lived in Mysore India for a year to study with my teachers the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (†2009) and his grandson Sharath Jois. I regularly return to Mysore to study and to be inspired. I am a Level 2 Authorised Ashtanga Teacher from KPJAYI Mysore, India and have a diploma in Yoga Anatomy. I am trained as a Yoga Therapist CNHC and Yoga Nidra teacher and I'm registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance UK.
Yoga works like a mirror, on our yoga mat our personality is being reflected, with all the good and bad. As a yoga teacher I support each student in their process of healing through encouragement, challenge and space. I always try to inspire students to follow their inner voice to experience their potential.
A regular yoga practice mirrors our own patterns over and over again, until we acknowledge them and can leave them behind us.
Yoga does not only lead to a healthier lifestyle but also fulfils the desire of inner freedom. One of my goals as a yoga teacher is to reach people who can’t join a yoga group class. I want to make yoga accessible to everyone, which led me to train as a Yoga Therapist (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council Registered). As a yoga therapist I work with people mainly one to one.
Yoga Therapy is the adaption of yoga practises for people with health challenges. By integrating the mind and body, balance can be restored to the physical, physiological and mental/emotional system. Therapist analyses and addresses the needs taking into account physical, energetic, mental emotional and spiritual aspects.
In 2010 I fulfilled a long-desired wish and opened my own yoga studio in London ‘Yoga Creation’.
With a team of wonderful yoga teachers we built an oasis, which allows our students to feel welcomed. There is space for students to grow and to find support, where each student can walk the path of self-healing within a supported environment.
Fight for yourself so you can feel peaceful in the moment.
75 – 90min session
1st & 4 follow-up sessions
Please send me an email and let me know your availabilities:
I look forward to hearing from you.
Connect with yourself, heal and see new ways living a healthy and happy life.
Catherine lead me through a series of asanas and breathing exercises to improve my breathing and increase my lung capacity. Over the weeks of teaching and practice I found I was much more aware and in control of how I was breathing. I also found my shoulders, which had been very tight and stiff, were much more free which helps my posture and allows more air in. I'm confident that with practice I can increase my lung capacity, and I look forward to my next check-up.
Catherine was very calm and supportive, and took the time to listen to me and to understand what my problems were. Her knowledge of yoga asana meant she was able to find an alternative posture to suit my needs.
Yoga Nidra for anxiety and difficulty getting to sleep I often suffer from anxiety and I find it hard to get to sleep at night. The Yoga Nidra worked well for me, calming my mind in the evening and helping me to switch off from the day. I could also use the breathing in bed at night to put myself into a more restful state.
Catherine's sessions were always organised and well planned in terms of their content ; they were tailor made to my situation and needs and beneficial when it came to the exercices to practice.
Catherine was always open, friendly and professional during the sessions + in between 2 sessions to reply to my questions on the practice of the exercices;
I felt she provided me a good ‘toolbox’ which I can use on a daily basis; It has open new doors for me as I am getting interested in yoga, relaxation, meditation and I recommend my friends, colleagues and relative on all the positive effects of yoga!
Working with Catherine, over five Yoga Therapy sessions has been a real boon. It has heightened my awareness of my body, and given me the confidence to redress long standing alignment issues through specific and (mainly) easy exercises. I now have a greater appreciation of the system of yoga, and how all of the elements, including pranayama, bring specific benefits to the body. As Catherine can testify, I have thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to Yoga Nidra but also to standing straighter. Thank you!
To find peace you need to work, for work you need tools.
Yoga Therapy Works
@ Yoga Creation
102 Westferry Studios, 3rd floor
London E14 8AS