Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga

led by Jill Dunkley, Health Promoter
Certified MBSR instructor, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises,
meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health.

Yoga therapy tailors the “tools” of yoga to the specific needs, capabilities, goals and life circumstances of the individual.
These tools include postures, breath regulation, meditative practices, and lifestyle changes.

From a medical standpoint, yoga therapy is highly valuable in regulating the function of the nervous system, which in turn can promote healing.

Yoga therapy aims to empower people in a healing process. Since healing comes only through regular practice, a key responsibility of the yoga therapist is to inspire and motivate clients to maintain a customized personal practice.

How is Yoga Therapy different from regular Yoga classes.?

Yoga Therapy is designed for individuals with specific conditions. The Yoga therapist will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms. Examples include helping clients with pain management, fatigue, or sleeplessness. In addition, the therapist’s role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence.

⇒  What to Expect

Therapeutic Yoga at the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team is conducted in a group class that is designed for individuals who share similar circumstances or concerns (e.g. depression, osteoporosis, back pain, diabetes, and chronic fatigue).
Therapeutic Yoga is an 8 week program with classes lasting 90 minutes.

⇒  How to Participate

The individual does not need to meet any requirement of fitness, age or health to start a yoga program though often there is a focus on a specific health concern.
Participation is open to all patients and community members.
There is no cost to participate.
Completion of an intake interview with Jill Dunkley prior to participation is required.

Please call to register as space is limited
*Call Laura Baldwin, Program Manager at 613-279-2100 ext. 115

⇒  Upcoming Sessions:

The next sessions of Therapeutic Yoga will start in January 2020.
Stay tuned for more information for 2 afternoon yoga workshops planned for late 2019 and early 2020.
Once the class is full, names will be added to the wait list for the next session.
The Therapeutic Yoga program runs 2 times per year.