What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapists do not diagnose or treat medical conditions.
Yoga therapists treat people.
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. (From the International Association of Yoga Therapy.)
Yoga is fundamentally about the reduction of suffering whether it exists on the physical, mental, or psycho-spiritual levels. Experiences of pain, challenge, and illness are an inevitable part of life as a human being. We may not be able to avoid this reality, but we do have control over our response.
Yoga therapists take the time to understand individuals as the multi-dimensional people that they are. Using the primary tools of yoga—breath, awareness, relaxation, simple movement, education, meditation, sound, prayer, and ritual—as well as teachings from Ayurveda (an ancient Indian medical system), yoga therapists work to empower individuals to respond to their situation in an appropriate, engaged, and intentional way.
Yoga does not exist for the sake of practice. It exists for the sake of the practitioner. I work with clients to identify the appropriate combination and adaptation of tools to meet their needs and respond to their own unique situation. Your practice should support you in whatever you’re going through. We will work together to ensure that your practice is relevant, transformative, and that it responds directly to your goals.
Learn more about my style of working and teaching here.
If you would like to explore the possibility of working together, please contact me.
4-Session Yoga Therapy Package
In these sessions I work to understand who you are and what your unique needs and goals are. Through our conversations and work together, I design a yoga practice tailored just for you. This package includes:
- 4 (90-minute) sessions spread over 4-8 weeks
- complete intake (including postural analysis)
- email support throughout the duration of the sessions
- A personal yoga practice
This package can be purchased multiple times. In continuing sessions we work to refine your practice. I want to make sure it’s effective for you and that you understand the tools you’re using. I also support you in creating the discipline of regular practice.
Individual Yoga Therapy Session
Individual yoga therapy sessions are available to support ongoing students in their life and practice as needed.
- Individual 90-min session
General Private Session
This session is for anyone with questions about yoga and/or spirituality. In this 60-min one-on-one session, we will explore any area of practice in which you would like some individual attention and support.
- Individual 60-min Sessions
If you are interested in the work of yoga therapy, please contact me.
“After a serious back and pelvic injury and three unsuccessful outpatient back surgeries, my neurosurgeon directed me to Summer. He believed yoga was a better fit for me than physical therapy. He was correct. My work with Summer was tremendous! In time, my back healed, I could sleep and the pain was gone. No longer was there a need for pain and sleeping pills and muscle relaxers. My doctor told me that my spine has been transformed. I am very grateful to Summer for her commitment to my healing! In many ways she changed my life and I am now committed to yoga.” -LC
“Yoga for Transformation opened me to a whole new realm of possibilities, both personally, spiritually, and emotionally. It let me see that all I needed was right here before me, and that I needed to get past the barriers I set for myself to see the full realm of possibility. I am better at noting my thoughts, and assessing them for what they are, living in the present, and breathing (probably the most important part). While I still drift away from my practice periodically, the grounding I received in that very first session with Summer, and other sessions that followed, continues to pull me back, but also gives me the strength to take even bigger leaps into more intensive study and reflection.” -BL
“I have taken yoga classes off and on for over 20 years. Taking Summer’s classes led me to discover that what I had thought yoga to be – the physical asana practice – is only one small part of what the classic practice of yoga has to offer. Taking Summer’s “Yoga for Transformation” class two years ago was a watershed moment that fundamentally and positively altered my life. Summer helped me develop a deeply meaningful personal practice that has provided me with the tools to engage authentically with my daily life and the people I love, know myself better, and be intentional about the choices I make. With Summer’s support and guidance, I have worked successfully through the conclusion of a troubled relationship and am working more deeply now on meditation and reflection in my practice to guide next steps for my career and personal life. Summer is gifted both as a teacher and non-sectarian spiritual guide; her grounding in yoga studies and her own avid search for engagement and authenticity are inspiring. I feel so fortunate – and blessed – to have Summer as my teacher, and grateful to yoga, which has given me the framework to find joy in authentically living in each new moment.” -DA
“Not only does Summer have the experience to tailor a specific practice to your needs, she has that special sense of inner peace to guide you through what ever your present journey. It is fortunate to find a teacher that truly has integrated and connected with the deeper meaning of yoga. If you are looking to revitalize your practice or are drawn to yoga for a specific purpose, Summer is a great guide to your own discovery.” -BK