FAQs

Do I need yoga experience?
No, you do not. I often hear “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga!” At Thrive, we begin wherever you are. I offer personalized yoga therapy for EVERY body.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga itself is a tool for exploring the depth of our human nature and the mysteries of the body and the mind. The yoga practices of self-awareness, self-training, and self-discovery are non-sectarian. They are compatible with all religions and with the absence of religion. To practice yoga, you need not believe in anything other than the possibility of self-transformation.
What is yoga therapy?
Renowned yoga teacher TKV Desikachar said, “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.”

In yoga therapy we work to ignite awareness of the mind-body connection through a variety of techniques: breath awareness and practice, therapeutic yoga postures, mental exercises, lifestyle and nutrition education, and herbal recommendations. As your yoga therapist, I will take the time to get a complete mind/body evaluation to support your health goals.

What health concerns can yoga therapy address?
 Yoga Therapy is an appropriate and effective modality of complimentary support for a wide range of health challenges, some of which include:

anxiety  •  arthritis  •  asthma  •  athletic injuries  •  back and neck pain  •  chronic fatigue
depression  •  diabetes  •  digestive disorders  •   fibromyalgia  •  grief  •  high blood pressure
heart conditions  •  hormonal balance  •  insomnia  •  joint replacement rehab  •  multiple sclerosis •
pre & post-natal support  •  reproductive health  •  supplemental support for those undergoing cancer treatment  •  stress

Yoga therapy can be practiced in conjunction with any medical treatments you are already receiving or in tandem with other complementary therapies. No prior experience of yoga is necessary before starting.

If you have an issue not listed, contact me to determine if yoga therapy is right for you.  

Is there research to show that yoga “works?”
There is growing scientific research that demonstrates the benefits of yoga in addressing a range of health concerns. Find more information at the following websites:

www.iayt.org  (International Association of Yoga Therapists)
www.pmri.org  (Dr. Ornish’s Preventative Medicine Research Institute)
www.irest.us  (Integrative Restoration Institute)

I welcome you to visit my benefits and research page for updated information on scientific studies.

How much input do I have in a session?
Yoga therapy and instruction with Thrive is truly a partnership. My role is to empower you to discover answers that already reside within. I ask a lot of questions to see what tools may be the most helpful for you. My individualized approach honors your strengths and your path towards healing. We’re in this work together.
Who can benefit from yoga therapy?
Anyone who tries it! Offered on a one-on-one basis, in a safe and accepting space, each session is geared to your individual needs. Yoga therapy can be beneficial for a wide variety of health challenges and used in conjunction with western medicine. Whether your pain stems from a major trauma like an accident, or from chronic stress, yoga therapy offers a powerful, safe and natural path to enhanced well-being, regardless of your body type, level of fitness experience, or physical condition.
Do you work with groups?
Yes! Your professional or social group is invited to contact me to talk about creating its own unique class or series of classes. Some examples include, office environment, weddings, pre-natal baby shower workshop, birthdays, biking and runners clubs. Let’s chat.
Do you work with children?
Yes, I do work one-on-one with children! Contact me to discuss how yoga therapy might serve your child. In additional to injury rehab, yoga therapy is good support for children living with the following challenges: ADHD, Asperger’s, Austism, eating disorders/body issues, stress, depression, insomnia and anxiety.
How often do I need to have a session?
A single session can be very powerful, but many people find it helpful to meet more regularly (1x-2x/week). We will mindfully determine a schedule that supports your health goals, schedule and budget.
Do I need my own yoga props?
There are mats, blocks, blankets, and yoga straps available for your use at Thrive Studio. If you have any personal yoga props you would like to use, feel free to bring them, but it is not necessary.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothes that support ease of movement and avoid wearing really loose, baggy clothing. Prepare to be barefoot!