The Procedure for Yoga Therapy Instruction: the More Precise It Is, the More Effective It Can Be Yoko Staub Japan Yoga Therapy Society
The Procedure for Yoga Therapy Instruction: the more precise it is, the more effective it can be This workshop introduces Yoga Therapy instruction as recommended by the Japan Yoga Therapy Society (JYTS). The process starts with an intake interview and is followed by assessments, making a therapy plan and obtaining informed consent. Physical and breathing exercises and meditation are instructed based on the assessments. The process also includes education for the Buddhi, in which teachings from the yogic scriptures are provided to enhance clients’ awareness of their thoughts and actions, and identify perspectives that create suffering. For some clients, it is necessary to guide them so they can observe their reactions to everyday life events and see whether their own cognitive characteristics might be causing unhealthy outcomes. If they are, we can help them find more healthy perspectives or ways. Why is this process necessary? People come to yoga therapy classes with different health problems and different needs. Nowadays yoga is often taught without any assessment or understanding of yoga's theories of pathogenesis and pathology. Some clients may need to release some accumulated tension in their bodies while others may want to control their emotions. For yoga therapy to be effective, we need not only to clarify their needs, but also to assess their physical and mental states. We need to especially look into psychological and social aspects of their health problems because the cause and development of illnesses are often affected by these factors. One person might suffer from anxiety due to childhood abuse while another might develop anxiety because of a stressful job. I will share my personal experiences of instructing in clinical settings at the end of the session, and I hope you can use some ideas for your practice.
Yoko Staub, Yoga Therapist (Japan Yoga Therapy Society) Yoko Staub was first certified to teach yoga at Integral Yoga in 1994. She later studied yoga therapy in the course developed by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation. She became a certified yoga therapist in 2013 and has been engaged in yoga therapy classes in clinical settings and local community centers. At Emori Clinic, asana, pranayama, and meditation are practiced in groups, but personal sessions are available afterwards. The clients’ conditions are monitored by the Face-Scale, other tests and occasional interviews. The content of instruction is reported weekly to JYTS. Yoko also teaches group classes at a medical fitness gym. Individualized sessions are not available there yet, so she talks about some basic principles of yoga therapy or some teachings from yoga sutras in the beginning of class. She is trying to improve her skills as a yoga therapist and is very grateful for the guidance of Keishin Kimura, Ikue Kawasaki and Minoru Kamata.