Yoga therapy is taught by trained and experienced yoga teachers for those looking to improve their natural health and well-being. Individuals are encouraged to practise yoga regularly in order to adopt a healthier way of life.
Yoga therapy may be applied in a one-to-one or group class. Before a session, your yoga teacher will complete a consultation and a brief observation of breath, posture and movement. It includes a series of yoga poses and breathing exercises to work the body and relax the mind. In a one-to-one session, your yoga teacher will have the opportunity to tailor postures and breathing techniques to your individual needs.
Regular sessions may improve sleep, ease tension, and encourage a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.
Yoga therapy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified yoga therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this technique.
In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:
Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:
- CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
- CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
- CNH14 Deliver Yoga Therapy to clients
Practical led and observed training to Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Level 3 equivalent or above. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.
By choosing a yoga therapist who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as Yoga Therapy is considered a form of complementary healthcare.