Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic Yoga

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.

The program is led by Jill Dunkley, Registered Yoga Therapist.

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 Access

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.
This program is free.
Priority is given to rostered patients of the Sharbot Lake Family Health Team.
Remaining spots are determined by lottery to non-rostered community members.

Participants must complete an intake interview with Jill Dunkley prior to participation.

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.

For more information or to register, please call 613-279-2100 or email us at