What is Yoga Therapy?
We find our way to the mat because we want to get past debilitating anxiety. We come because we want relief from unhappiness, depression, chronic pain, overwhelm. We come because we’ve tried so many other things to help heal our bodies and our minds (modern medicine, different therapies, specialists, medications), and still feel like it’s not enough.
I’ve been there.
My guess is that if you’re here, you’ve witnessed how yoga can transform the way we live in our bodies and ultimately our lives.
A yogic approach to therapy first begins with the belief that you are not broken. You are already whole, and your body wants to find its way back to wellness. In fact, it knows it can.
Yoga Therapy is a full bodied approach toward whole being wellness. I believe that we cannot isolate the body from the mind or vice versa, because the needs of both are deeply intertwined. I believe in supporting your body, mind, and your heart using the tools of yoga to guide you back towards wholeness. I believe that yoga therapy is lifestyle medicine that benefits you wherever you are, however old you are, and whenever you need it.
- Leanne Matullo
What conditions can Yoga Therapy serve and provide relief from?
Chronic dis-ease, such as anxiety, depression, loss, fatigue, infertility
Chronic pain, resulting from arthritis, osteoporosis, acute injury, or unexplained source
Autoimmune dis-ease, such lupus, MS, Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis
Women’s disorders, such as hypothalamic amenorrhea, PCOS, endometriosis, painful periods, infertility
Life transitions, such as new motherhood, moving, job related moves and loss, college/graduate school
Pregnancy related physical and emotional pain, and perinatal depression/anxiety
Postpartum care, such as postpartum anxiety and depression, pelvic floor and core rehabilitation, breastmilk supply and breastfeeding discomfort, parent-child bond development
Sports, crash, or fall injuries
Note that this is not an exhaustive list. Yoga therapy does not treat, diagnose, or cure. While yoga therapists do not focus on “fixing” the problem, yoga therapy practices facilitate healing and resolve chronic pain and/or dis-ease in the body and the mind, using the tools of yoga practice.
The tools in a Yoga Therapist’s toolkit:
Yoga postures and somatic movements
Body awareness (proprioception) and internal awareness (interoception) techniques
Meditation and focus techniques
Intake, assessments and personalized conversation
Mantra (in English and Sanskrit) and hand gestures (mudra)
Yogic philosophy and psychology, including guiding principles from the Yamas + Niyamas
Say hello! Let’s schedule a 20 minute complimentary consultation together.
*Please note: The vast majority of Leanne’s clients are seen via Zoom online. For in person one:one work, Leanne will travel within 20 minutes of her residence in Rhode Island. While in person work is certainly beneficial, healing is healing and online work can provide tremendous support.
Want to learn more about yoga therapy?
We often come to yoga for more than the movement. We're searching. We want relief from anxiety, depression, loss, overwhelm, pain. We crave purpose. Connection.
When you join, you'll receive regular down to earth and practical guidance to incorporate yoga therapy into your every day. Learn how yoga can transform the way you live in your body, and ultimately your life.