Yoga therapy aims to uncover the wisdom within you through a body based form of life mentoring. With that information you are then guided on how to utilize it for making lasting changes to your health and vitality.
Forms of yoga practice have been around for thousands of years and ancient traditions have had widespread
influence on bodywork modalities aimed at improving health and wellness. Even Dr. Rolf herself found some inspiration for
her system of soft tissue manipulation through yoga based movements and philosophical concepts. The mindfulness
achieved through a yoga practice is complimentary to the work of structural integration.
What makes yoga therapy different than the yoga typically offered at studios today is it's highly individualized and organic practices connected through key elements including befriending one's body, developing awareness of hindrances to moving forward, embodying acceptance of where you are, opening up possibilities to choose differently, discerning what choices are best for you, speaking your truth, living your truth, and going with the flow of life.
Yoga therapy may be received in a variety of settings. You may practice in private sessions, in group practices, on-line, or in person. As a recipient of a session you work with a facilitator on what's showing up for you that needs some attention or changing. Common reasons people seek yoga therapy include chronic pains, dealing with depression, overcoming anxiety, handling significant life changes, managing stress, and moving forward with personal transformations.
What you may expect to receive from yoga therapy sessions:
A practice that's tailored to your individual needs and interests.
Hands-on assists and/or supportive cues to help support you through postures and transitions.
Guided meditation and integration within every yoga practice.
Walking out of practice feeling better and more energized than when you walked in.
Improvements in your physical and mental performance throughout the remainder of the day or week.
Greater sense of balance and connection between different aspects of your life.
Noel's Yoga Training and Experience
200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training, Charleston Power Yoga, 2013
300 Hr Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training, 2019
600 Hr Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, 2020
900 Hr Certified International Alliance of Yoga Therapists, 2021
Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner, 2020
Teaching and assisting classes since 2005 at various locations including:
YMCA of Beaufort, The Foundry Gym, OMNI Health and Fitness, Blue Fish Fitness Club, Long Training Studios, Charleston Power Yoga, Mt. Pleasant Soccer Academy, Breathe Pilates, Blue Turtle Yoga, Soul Yoga and Wellness, Studio 33 Kiawah, and
Palmetto Behavioral Health Center
Want to learn more about Yoga Therapy? Check out these helpful links and articles below. Still have questions about what to expect from a session? Visit the FAQ page.
Yoga Therapy Trailblazer Michael Lee Shares His Phoenix Rising System, Yoga Journal, August 2020.
Is There a Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?, Park Slope Reader, June 2017.
Yoga Therapy: Definition, Perspective and Principles by Richard Miller, Ph.D.
Free Audio Class Led by Michael Lee (Try a Practice at Home), 2020.
Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy Blog (Resource with lots of articles on topics related to yoga therapy)