Yoga Therapy, as a specialist health and wellbeing modality, is still a relatively new area in Australia. The introduction of Yoga Therapy post-graduate training, the establishment of the professional body Australian Association of Yoga Therapists and the development of membership and training standards have only been around since 2008. During this time Yoga Therapy has started to make solid in-roads into the Australian health and wellbeing sector.
What can you do with Yoga therapy training?
A common question for those contemplating Yoga therapy training is ‘How can I use my Yoga Therapy training after I graduate?’ This is something we are often asked by Yoga teachers who are considering undertaking our Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy. There are several vocational pathways for qualified Yoga Therapists which will continue to expand over time, and which will establish Yoga Therapy more strongly within the healthcare arena.
Therapeutic groups sit between one-to-one Yoga Therapy consultations and general yoga classes. They can be based on a common condition such as anxiety, insomnia, or back pain or be more generalised for people who can’t attend regular yoga classes due to say, recovery from cancer or an injury. Yoga therapy skills and knowledge are critical when running therapeutic groups. Often you may gain private clients from these classes, plus if you choose to specialise in certain conditions you may be able to integrate your classes with a number of outside organisations, such as, the Cancer Council or the MS Society.
Integrative Health Teams
Many hospitals and clinics now have Integrative Health Teams which include practitioners from the fields of complementary medicine. Being part of an Integrative Health Team generally means Yoga Therapists require specific post-graduate training. You need to be able to understand health conditions from a both a yogic and western medicine perspective. Prospective employers are often also looking for people with higher levels of skills and qualifications than general yoga teachers.
Yoga Therapists are teaming up with practitioners in other fields to offer more comprehensive treatment plans for their clients. For example:
Teaming up with a physiotherapist to help their clients manage stress and anxiety associated with chronic pain.
Teaming up with a psychologist to offer body-based therapies to complement counselling or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Some yoga therapists have other modalities such as psychology, physiotherapy or massage to name a few. These modalities can incorporate many Yoga Therapy practices and philosophies. Those with dual modalities need to be careful to adhere to the Scope of Practice and Codes of Practice for each modality and be clear with their client about what they are offering and what they are drawing upon in their treatments. A lot of the success of Pilates has been its ‘adoption’ by physiotherapists and osteopaths and, as we have seen, Yoga Therapy is being used in a similar way.
This is often the ultimate goal for a Yoga Therapist. One-to-one consultations allow you to connect deeply with your client to facilitate healing that is empowering, enduring and life transforming.
If you are interested in undertaking our highly acclaimed graduate Yoga therapy training course please contact us for more information.