Yoga therapy differs from a yoga class in that the intention changes to individuals or groups with specific conditions. After an appropriate intake and assessment, therapists will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms.
When clients seek out a yoga therapist or a therapeutic group, they are usually not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice.
Yoga therapy adapts the practice of yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a regular group class. Yoga therapy can assist with many problems, including:
The therapist’s role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients overcome their challenges and gain independence. The job of the therapist represents a different focus, a different type of education, and a different skill set.
Her own journey of healing came after a severe back injury and subsequent major surgery in 2013. Using the wisdom from yogic protocols, she began to use yoga therapy modalities as a path to healing for depression, anxiety and chronic pain. She has vast experience working with these conditions as well as knee and hip replacements, veterans, and senior populations.
Miquelle is part of a yoga therapy team at Cook’s Children’s Hospital where yoga therapy is a complementary healing modality prescribed by physicians. She is also co-founder of a nonprofit called Rx 4 Life Movement created to continue serving the community with yoga therapy.
Her primary focus is trauma, chronic pain, stress management and empowering individuals to heal. Miquelle’s approach is holistic, compassionate, and gentle with a focus on the individual’s needs and goals. She is trained to listen and pay attention to her students’ bodies in order to provide the right sequencing, breath work and alignment cues to assist in better health. She has extensive training in teaching yoga and holds licenses in the field of yoga therapy as certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.