“Yoga Therapy Can Improve One’s Health and Sense of Well-Being”
Yoga therapist and International Institute of Yoga Therapy (IIYT) founder Veronica Zador knows the landscape of yoga therapy for well-being.
In this article, Zador shares how yoga therapy can be integrated into healthcare settings and why demand for training in the field is growing.
Yoga therapy brings “the tools of yoga into the healthcare setting to give people accessible methods to improve their health and well-being,” said Zador. “People can learn effective ways to reverse pain and discomfort, and self-activate their own sense of comfort, restfulness, strength and composure through breathing, meditation and, if appropriate, adaptive movement.”
Zador founded IIYT in her home state of Michigan. Like other IAYT-accredited training programs for yoga therapists, the school is committed to training students in the various clinical applications of yoga therapy. This includes integrating knowledge from specialists.
“Breast cancer, for example, is not our area of expertise, but we need to understand the disease and work on clinical adaptations for yoga therapy. We can help patients self-manage symptoms of their disease, before and after surgery.”
The faculty includes medical doctors, professional researchers, and IAYT-certified yoga therapists.
Zador “brings the ancient yoga teaching into the practical application of helping people as they are—whether they are dealing with chronic pain or side effects of disease, or if they want to improve their own health,” said one mentee. “Yoga therapy helps us find our inner strength as we live in a stressful world.”