Goals of Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapists work to achieve goals that they use to guide them in working with clients with conditions that are structural, physiological, and psycho-emotional in nature. As addressed in the IAYT’s Scope of Practice, the overarching goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, and/or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and well-being.

Below is a list to help illustrate examples of goals you and Barb can create together depending upon your condition and interests. In yoga therapy, our overall health and wellbeing is linked to our physical, mental, and emotional states as well as our behavioral patterns, relationships, our perception of ourselves, and how these states are linked so multiple goals can be used to direct our work together to help you achieve optimum wellness. 


Structural Conditions                

Improve postural alignment

Increase structural stability

Release chronic contraction

Strengthen weak muscles

Increase ROM (in pain-free positions)

Restore symmetry

Identify and correct dysfunctional movement patterns


Physiological and Psycho-EMOTIONAL Conditions

Differentiate the person from their condition

Understand the person’s relationship to their condition, including self-concept and emotional response

Identify dysfunctional patterns that dissipate a person’s energy including behavior, thoughts, feelings, and desires

Utilize methods to build energy to give clients strength and resilience to face their condition, break their patterns, and make healthy choices

Help cultivate determination

Offer encouragement to connect to deeper sources of inspiration and wisdom