Balancing Modern Medicine with Yoga
What is Yoga Therapy?
Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that it’s all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals!
The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga
Uses the principles & practices of Yoga to address mental, emotional, physical and spiritual imbalances (dis-ease) in the individual
Yoga Therapists work across hospital settings or in outpatient clinics, physical therapy, rehabilitation centers, aged-care facilities, military and in private practice
Yoga Therapists assess and craft an individualized practice for clients using tools of yoga
Through a dynamic, therapeutic relationship, practices & protocols are crafted that empower the client in their own journey towards greater well-being
What is the difference between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session?
Clients find private sessions help realize goals faster than group classes. For some conditions like chronic pain and other complicated issues, it may take longer before I can safely transition you to group therapeutic classes. My goal is for you to be able to join my therapeutic yoga classes with a knowledge of how to adapt yoga poses to your body. Many clients continue with classes and support their wellness journey with private sessions monthly.
As a physician assistant and yoga therapist, I believe in a healing approach to pain and suffering that values both traditional medicine and yoga practices. Yoga therapy addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of both the body and mind to optimize well-being.
Yoga addresses what’s happening in the mind and body and why. I blend both my orthopedic and medical expertise with my mastery of authentic yoga, meditation, mindfulness to empower people to better health.
Having personally transformed my own health and thousands of my patients and providers with yoga, I serve to bridge the gap of traditional medicine with a whole-person model of care. Yoga therapy brings our physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual parts into “eudaemonic well-being”.
(n.) lit. “human flourishing”; a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
Priya specializes in private yoga therapy solutions giving one on one evaluations to address underlying causes of pain, suffering, and emotional concerns.
She is experienced in yoga therapy for chronic back issue, stress, anxiety and depression, among many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
She offers her signature Back Care Yoga Classes geared to chronic joint pain.
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Private Yoga Therapy Session
Private sessions focus on the yogic model of health, which uniquely addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Individual assessments and practices work with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.
Yoga Therapy for Backs
This small group class (*for established students) provides yoga instruction to reduce back pain and back injury.
How to Meditate
Interested in learning how to clear your mind and find peace? Sign up for this one2one session that will show you just that.
Kids Yoga 4 Class
This class is specially created for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade!
Thai Yoga is also called “Lazy Man Yoga”. This is a one on one practice that incorporates elements of massage with yoga poses. Clients come dressed in loose clothing and allow for 90 minutes of deep stretching of the whole body through assisted yoga poses. .
Program of Self-care for Healthcare Providers using tools of Yoga Therapy for Clinician Resilience. Interested in learning about stress resilience, self-compassion and restoring Well-being? Click here to schedule a free 15 mins phone consultant.
What to Expect on Your First Yoga Therapy Session
Yoga is a mind-body practice that gives us the tools of “how to create balance”. I create a safe and personalized practice towards reaching your goals of wellness and health. I offer both group classes and private sessions.
Be sure to wear loose comfortable clothes and don’t eat anything heavy one hour prior to your session.
During the session I will give address your specific concerns, and based on my findings I will create a personalized practice for you that is tailored to meeting your goals. This practice could include:
- Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous
- Breathing techniques
- Meditation or visualization practices
- Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculo-skeletal imbalances
- Any combination of tools like these!
Find your TRUE North with the compass of Yoga.
About Priya Verma, C-IAYT, PA-C
Priya Verma is the founder of Sandalwood Yoga. She is a Certified Professional Yoga Therapist and has been a Certified Physician Assistant for over 20 years. Her experience includes integrated Yoga Therapy with Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Asthma, Immunology, Allergy Medicine, and Integrative Medicine.
Priya grew up with yoga as a Second-Generation Indian-American studying Yoga and Meditation from her father, who studied with the yoga master of 2 Indian Prime Ministers. She has formally studied from Internationally respected yoga teachers, Physicians and Researchers in Medical Yoga. She has Certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has extensive training in the lineages of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Integral Yoga, Thai Yoga and currently further studying applications of Yoga Therapy in the Krishnamacharya Tradition. She has a BS in Molecular Genetics Ohio State University, MS in Physician Assistant Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine Dentistry NJ, Newark. and is a published author of Research in Neuroimmunology focused on Gut – Brain links from Ohio State Medical School.
She has pioneered integration of Yoga into a traditional medical model of care, specializing in non-pharmacologic pain management. She offers the scientific lens of utilizing Mind-Body practices with Best Practices in Medicine.
She is the creator of the Clinical Resiliency Program, utilizing evidence-based assessments and developing Self-Care practices and Self-regulation for Clinicians, and Healthcare workers across the spectrum.
She is experienced with local, national Boards and large Hospital System Boards. She consults with Healthcare companies on the role of Yoga Therapy in Healthcare, Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (CIPM) and Stress Management.
She opened her private yoga therapy practice, Sandalwood Yoga, in 2017 to offer patients and providers an authentic source for therapeutic practices of yoga to complement their medical care and enrich them with self-care. She has successfully worked with Olympic, College, Professional and Amateur Athletes, patient referrals from local providers, Physicians, nurses, children, teens and adults.
Her unique experience in Orthopedics and Yoga Therapy allows her to interface with the healthcare team of patients providing safe yoga practices. She has taught therapeutic classes since 2009 in the greater Atlanta area for Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Teens and Kids Yoga.
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2440 Sandy Plains Rd, Bldg 21, Ste 200
Marietta, Georgia 30066
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