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Frequently Asked Questions

No Question Is Too Small

I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga if I can’t touch my toes?

Absolutely. One reason to do yoga is to become more flexible (as well as stronger and more balanced physically and mentally). The physical postures are a small part of a complete yoga practice. There are modifications that can help you build flexibility. These changes take time, so remind yourself to stick with it to see the greatest benefits!

What if I have an injury?

Yoga therapists certified by IAYT have specific training which enables them to modify poses and exercises safely for injuries, physical limitations, and other conditions. Simply tell your yoga therapist about your concerns, and continue to communicate with your medical professionals.

Is yoga a religion?

Yoga is not a religion, although it is a spiritual practice for many. Others use their yoga practice alongside their religious practices without conflict. 

What if I am not able to get on the floor? Or out of bed?

Therapeutic yoga is not always done on the floor. You could do a class or session completely in a chair or using a chair for support. Yoga therapy can be really helpful when you cannot get out of bed—like during a disease flare or hospital recovery. You can do breathing practices, meditations, or simple movements while in bed, with your doctor’s permission.

I tried yoga and I don’t like it!

Yoga varies significantly from style to style and teacher to teacher. Give yoga another try with a yoga therapist whose approach resonates with you!

What should I wear?

You can wear anything that is comfortable and allows you to move! There’s no reason you have to wear a special outfit, leggings, or tight clothing if you don’t want. (Traditionally, yogis actually wore loose, breathable clothing.) Yoga is often done barefoot, so do be prepared to take your shoes and socks off. But even this practice can be adapted to suit your individual needs and preferences, for example, if you need the support of a brace or orthotic device or a certain kind of socks.

What can I expect in a one-to-one yoga therapy session?

Ask your yoga therapist specifically, since everyone practices a little differently. Most will do a longer intake for the first session, which may include questions about your health, observing your posture and the way you move, assessing your breathing patterns or balance, and developing goals for your work together. Follow-up sessions may include discussing your progress, personally chosen yoga poses, breathwork, and meditation.

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