Evidenced-based, individualized, integrated care for the whole person
Yoga Therapy and Education
Evidenced-based means that the practices and therapies I offer--and the way I work--is grounded in science. Yoga practices are increasingly being scrutinized by doctors and scientists using advanced technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as other research and measurement methods. I am involved in some of these research projects and stay aware of as many as I can. I write about yoga research on my blog as well as for the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
I offer private sessions so that we can work together to really understand what is happening with you and then, together, create a plan to address that. We start with a thorough assessment and conversation about what you want to work on. Sometimes the work is to figure out what it is that you want to change. Sometimes the situation changes along the way, and then so do we.
I have been trained to see the whole person -- body, mind, spirit ---- through multiple lenses to get the most complete picture of a person that I can. Yoga offers many different practices and therapies -- there are thousands of movements and ways to move; many breathing practices, many kinds of meditation practices; ways to rest and restore that address body exhaustion as well as mental and emotional exhaustion. There are methods to increase, decrease and ultimately balance each aspect of being and all of them together. We find the practices and techniques that work for you. My aim is to show you how to restore yourself -- how to feel good -- at home -- in your own being. I look for practices that feel good, so that you will want to and enjoy doing them.
Yoga therapy can feel like physical therapy or psychotherapy or deep rest or meditation practice. It can be like strength training or balance training or it can be like a class where you learn about practical methods and philosophies for managing your body, your thinking, your emotions. Yoga therapy is broad and deep, which is part of what is meant by "holisitic." How you want to work is something we work out together and can change from session to session.
I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I completed a multi-year training through Prema Yoga Institute in NYC consisting of over 800 hours of training. This is more than many Master's programs. As a pre-requisite to enrolling in this Yoga Therapy Program, I completed a 429-hour yoga teaching program in Boston. I have additional training in Trauma-sensitive yoga, Breath Work (I am a certified Breath Coach), Meditation and Mindfulness, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). I started teaching yoga in 1998.
Deb McDermott, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT