Yoga Therapy vs. Yoga

Isn't all yoga therapeutic? The answer is yes! What differentiates yoga, therapeutic yoga, and yoga therapy?

Joseph Le Page, founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy, sums up the difference between a yoga therapist and a yoga teacher concisely in stating:

The skill set is much more extensive, not only as far as the communication [with the client] but also the ability to make modifications and the understanding of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and yoga philosophy as it relates to health and healing and to the nervous system. We give students the principles and the tools, the foundation and the direction, so they can develop their own treatment protocols for each unique individual
— Joseph Le Page


Spectrum Yoga provides therapeutic yoga from the Integrative Yoga Therapy model - a complex system of applying yoga purposefully to specific populations. The training towards yoga therapy is very different than yoga and therapeutic yoga teacher trainings in that it is a complete system involving protocols, extensive training on the nervous system, advanced anatomy and physiology, functional movement, mental health, all contraindications of yoga (not just movement), and yoga philosophy. In addition to all of that, aspiring yoga therapists must complete an intensive internship with an assigned mentor which takes 1 - 2 years to complete. According to Prana Yoga Institute, this training is equivalent to two masters degrees.

In the Integrative Yoga Therapy training, we are trained by medical doctors, seasoned yoga therapists, physical therapists, functional movement specialists, nutritionists, and psychiatrists. This intense and unique blend of professional lecturers and content provides a deeper understanding in yoga, special populations, health and wellness, the human body, group class and individual session protocol creation, and contraindications. 

While all yoga is therapeutic, there are many factors to mind when attending a yoga class for a specific need, goal, or health consideration.