Although group classes are made for people of all ages and body types, certain health conditions require personal attention and unique care. Yoga therapy addresses these specific health needs.
A yoga therapist has been trained to work with the movements of yoga and modify them, in order to treat specific health issues. Some health conditions might be back pain, shoulder injury, joint pain, anxiety disorders, asthma, insomnia, autoimmune conditions, obesity, the list goes on and on.
Yoga therapy sessions are typically done in a private setting. In a session, we assess the health conditions, and come up with a unique practice, with asanas, pranayamas, possible dietary modifications, and meditation to address those unique needs. Practices to work on will be given, and follow up sessions to track improvement.
Rathna’s training in both yoga therapy and nutritional science helps her to treat specific conditions with both yogic practices and dietary modifications.
"My family attends Rathna’s yoga classes and they really like it. When I started getting lower back issues, I was suggested to try her yoga classes. I initially took a few 1-1, yoga therapy sessions. Rathna suggested some exercises/poses for strengthening the lower back and the muscles around the lower back. I found the sessions to be very informative. It was an eye opener in terms of how we take certain movements for granted, which parts of the body are weak (lower back, neck) that we overuse etc. She didn’t give any false hopes in terms of the problem disappearing magically. It’s a condition that some people have to live with. But, doing the exercises will strengthen the lower back and the muscles surrounding it, which in turn reduces the probability of getting the problem again. But one needs to still exercise caution for movements that involve the lower back. Now, I take the regular weekly group classes. There’s a theme every week and it’s very refreshing overall. Rathna is extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly and highly focused in her classes. At the same time, the setting is pretty relaxed as how a yoga class should be. Mainly, there’s no pressure in getting a movement right. The whole idea is, the flexibility comes with practice and if you feel some pain while doing a pose, it means the body is telling you something and one shouldn’t over stretch it.
"I have limited mobility because of inflexible and painful joints caused by an autoimmune condition. I have been learning Yoga from Rathna for the past three years - her yoga therapy has made a very positive impact in my life, improved my mobility & agility, and provided tremendous relief to my severe joint pain. She tailor-makes each and every exercise to suit my needs/constraints, is extremely patient and careful with her methods and takes as much time it takes to make sure the asanas are done correctly and safely. The therapy has helped me lower my pain medications. Apart from yoga, I also take nutrition therapy from Rathna for weight management, sugar control and mindful eating habits. I highly recommend her yoga along with nutrition therapy if you want to make positive changes in life."
"Rathna is an excellent yoga instructor. I’ve been with her on and off since 2018 and always found her sessions to be power packed. I came back to Rathna in Jan 2021 and found it hard to keep up with the classes due to health challenges. Rathna recognized the changes immediately and offered me therapeutic one on one lessons which were tailored to meet my needs. She is focusing on my problem areas and I am starting to feel great again. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who needs to take it up a notch."
"I had been struggling with chronic back pain (lumbar disc degeneration) and underwent all kinds of treatment options both traditional (steroid injections) and alternative (acupuncture, chiropractor) including surgery. While getting a second opinion, one of the surgeons from Stanford Medical Center mentioned that more than surgery, regular stretching of the muscles and strengthening the core is the best way to manage lower back issues. Within 6 months of my surgery I started getting some of my symptoms back and that's when I thought of starting yoga. I know that any kind of physical activity not done right in this situation would cause more trouble, so I wanted someone who could combine traditional yoga with the knowledge of our anatomy to guide and help with my chronic lower back issues. That is when I found Rathna. I started personal yoga training with Rathna and within a few months I started to notice positive changes in my body. Rathna constantly makes modifications based on how my body responds and over a period of time my lower back pain symptoms reduced drastically and I've learned to understand my body better that helped me manage my pain. I had always been exercising with a trainer before and I started to train again now along with continuing yoga. Yoga sessions with Rathna, combined with physical training with my trainer helps me manage my condition and helps me lead an active life. Now, I'm able to go back to playing casual sports like badminton like before my lower back issues started. Thanks to her my quality of life has changed dramatically and I still continue to train with her, it's been more than 5 years."