What is Yoga Therapy?

Adaptation & Application of
Yoga Techniques and Practices

Yoga Therapy, derived from the yoga tradition of Patañjali and the Ayurvedic system of health, refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition.

The general long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:

  • reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
  • managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
  • rooting out causes wherever possible
  • improving life function, and
  • shifting attitude and perspective in relationship to life’s challenges.

Want to know more?  Read Gary’s article, The Distinction Between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session or download a copy of his article, The Differences Between Yoga Teacher Training Programs and Yoga Therapist Training Programs.

The AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training Program is proud to be among the first programs given accreditation by the International Association of Yoga Therapists

The field of Yoga Therapy is rapidly growing. We encourage you to visit the International Association of Yoga Therapists website to find out the latest.

“Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it.”

Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute™