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How to become a Yoga Therapist

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What does a Yoga Therapist do?

Yoga therapy promotes the body's own natural healing resources using methods based on physical and mental yoga techniques. Yoga therapists use the ancient art of yoga to treat patients with a wide range of conditions, using a combination of simple movements and postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques in order to promote good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation.

Yoga therapists adapt traditional yoga for people with health problems, taking into account the individual's physical condition. Yoga therapy is applicable to many medical conditions and can be used in conjunction with complementary therapies.

A yoga therapist will initially assess the client's condition and then recommend the appropriate treatment, which will involve either one-to-one sessions or attending classes.

What's the working environment like working as a Yoga Therapist?

Yoga therapists have no set working hours - unsocial hours may be required to meet the needs of clients.

The work is usually indoors in places such as sports centres, health clinics and in other therapeutic environments. Therapists may work at several centres, therefore a driving licence would be an advantage. Very little equipment is needed other than a non-slip mat for safety.

What does it take to become a Yoga Therapist?

As a yoga therapist you should:

  • be skilled in yoga practice
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • have good communication skills, including listening and understanding
  • be able to understand medical terms and information
  • have a logical approach to problem solving, offering clear solutions to complaints
  • be physically fit.

Yoga Therapist Career Opportunities

Therapists may work in medical practices, hospitals, clinics, holistic health centres, health clubs, special needs centres and in industry.

Prospects are governed not just by the local demand but also by the individual practitioner's ability to build up a business, either alone or with partners. Treatment is still very personal and reputations are made by recommendation and successful diagnosis and treatment. Some therapists teach as well as practise.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Yoga Therapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Yoga Biomedical Trust (YBT)
90-92 Pentonville Street
Islington
London
N1 9HS
Tel: 020 7689 3040
www.yogatherapy.org

The Life Centre (LC)
15 Edge Street
London
W8 7PN
Tel: 020 7221 2626
www.thelifecentre.org