yoga therapy

Have you experienced discomfort in the body that never goes away or keeps coming back?

Have you ever felt you need more specific help than is available from a public yoga class?

Yoga therapy can help!  Yoga therapy is an holistic method of using specific therapeutic practices done in private, one-on-one sessions to help treat conditions, illnesses and injuries of all types. Yoga therapy is different than a group class as it addresses the individual needs on a more personal level.

Yoga therapy addresses the person as a whole and offers unique yogic philosophy to work through all the layers (physical, mental & spiritual). It applies the ancient practices of yoga using simple movements, asana (poses), visualization, and breathing techniques that target the source of pain and/or injury to correct those imbalances.

In the initial consultation, Leslie will review the student’s current and past issues. Also, will complete an in-depth health history which will help determine the origin of those issues. Based on what is revealed in this consultation, Leslie will provide fundamental alignment and breathing exercises and teach the student to perform them properly. These exercises will help the student become aware of their habits. Leslie will also teach the student how to use these therapeutic practices to correct and avoid those habits, which will improve the student’s well-being.

Each yoga therapy session includes evaluation and application of corrective therapeutic exercises. Leslie will provide specific instructions for home practice, according to the needs of the student. Leslie will evaluate the home practices periodically, and update them accordingly as the student progresses. Every person is unique and different, so each program is specialized for that individual.

Leslie has extensive experience with people of all ages, from children to seniors. She has provided yoga therapy practices to people who have the following:

  • multiple sclerosis
  • autism
  • cancer
  • dementia
  • joint replacements
  • vertigo
  • sciatica
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • PTSD
  • broken bones
  • pregnancy (prenatal and postnatal care)
  • posture issues
  • breathing problems
  • muscle/joint pain/tightness/weakness
  • scoliosis
  • and much more!

No prior yoga experience is necessary. All levels and ages are welcome. These sessions can be practiced using a mat on the floor or a chair according to your ability. Yoga therapy is perfect for general body discomfort, injury rehabilitation, joint/muscle pain, poor posture, structural or developmental issues, recovery from anxiety, PTSD, and for spiritual development.

Sessions are typically 1 hour. Rates vary and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

How People are Benefiting from Yoga Therapy…

“My experience with Leslie as a yoga therapist has been extremely good. She has an excellent understanding of anatomy and which therapy poses will be the most beneficial. I have experienced relief for knee, lower lumbar, and plantar fasciitis relief through different stretches, how long to hold them, etc. I strongly recommend you give Leslie’s response to your issues a chance, using her yoga therapy for your issues.” ~Mardi

Yoga with Leslie helped ease the anxiousness in my mind and body during COVID isolation. Additionally, I’m grateful for Leslie’s personalized one-on-one back therapy sessions. She is patient, attentive and extremely caring.” ~Maria

“I have been doing yoga therapy & yoga classes with Leslie for about a month. The first thing she did was get a medical history from me. She used my medical issues to design a yoga program specifically for me. She knew the areas of my body that need strengthening. I had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders and this has helped me so much with the movement and strength in my shoulders. I also have lipedema and she suggested movements that will improve the circulation in my legs. She is non-judgemental and very attentive to your physical and mental needs. You always learn something new in each class that will help you in some way with pain and comfort. No one yoga class is the same. I appreciate all the help Leslie has given me in each yoga class.” ~Sally

Yoga therapy helped me with range of motion and alleviated the pain in my shoulder from osteoarthritis.  I have also engaged in yoga therapy for plantar fasciitis. Leslie guided me through individualized poses and exercises focusing on these areas, but, with the emphasis on healing my whole body.  My posture had been affected by the pain in my shoulder, and, my knee was sore from the plantar fasciitis. We worked on exercises and movements to strengthen the muscles around my shoulder and elongate the plantar to relieve the soreness. I have incorporated several of these movements into my daily regimen, and, will not hesitate to work with Leslie and yoga therapy, again, should the need arise.“ ~Barb

Yoga therapy has been great for me. With the help of my teacher, we were able to fine tune and modify some of the yoga poses to provide the best benefits for me. In addition, we have been able to strengthen my body; reducing the pain that I experience in my back and hips. I can start a session barely able to move and by the end, my movements are more fluid, and I feel refreshed. My physical therapist says that he is amazed with the range of motion that I have in my shoulders, hips, and throughout my body, which he attributes to the yoga and yoga therapy that I have participated in the last 3 years.“ ~Sandra