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Mary Duffy, Certified Yoga Therapist

What is Yoga Therapy?

The word yoga means union, the coming together of body, mind, and spirit.  Yoga also means discipline or effort.  The goal of yoga is to bring the practitioner to a deeper understanding of the self.  The theory and practice of yoga is the foundation of yoga therapy.  Yoga Therapy is an individual and specifically designed approach that works with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize health and well-being.  It strives to free you from the binds of human impediments that may appear as physical symptoms, undesirable habits and behavioral patterns, or a general sense of wanting more in life.  The yoga therapist and client work together to address physical, mental, and emotional needs through on-going assessment, goal-setting, planning, and continued evaluation. 

Feeling out of sorts? Feeling stuck? Feeling defined by your aches and pains?....

                           Yoga Therapy can help!

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How is Yoga Therapy Different from a Yoga Class? 

The ingredients of a yoga class generally include yoga postures (asanas) and exercises, breathwork, and meditation in a group setting.  While on-going practice is therapeutic and healing for the dedicated practitioner, group classes often do not tend to specific needs of the individual.  Yoga Therapy offers the individual a tailor-made personal approach to self-awareness and well-being.   It embraces every aspect of life in a holistic and client-focused way.  Yoga therapy addresses specific obstructions to fulfillment in a preventive, restorative, and curative manner appropriate to the individual’s circumstances.  Through the process of yoga therapy, the individual is able to pro-actively participate in the healing process. 

How Can Yoga Therapy Help Me?—Conditions It Can Address 

Yoga Therapy can offer individual remedies for the following circumstances:

  • Specific areas of physical discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances

  • Mental/emotional issues

  • Life changing adjustments

  • Transformative Approaches to a Healthier Lifestyle

Yoga Therapy is beneficial for the following conditions (to name a few):

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Stress

  • Irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal issues

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Scoliosis

  • Sciatica and other back pain syndromes

  • Osteoporosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Injury Recovery

  • Weight loss

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About Mary Duffy

Mary Duffy, M.Ed., RYT500, C-IAYT, is a certified yoga therapist having completed the Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy program under the tutelage of Dr. Jaime Stover Schmitt, Princeton, New Jersey.  She received her 500 hour yoga teacher training from the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Mary holds a Master’s in Dance Education from Temple University and was a dance educator for the Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy teaching individual and group programs for mentally and physically challenged adults and children for over 25 years.  She specializes in Prenatal Yoga and Mom and Infant Yoga.  Mary also teaches Hatha Yoga with special focus on women and 40+ adults and seniors.  Her yoga therapy and teaching honors the unique potential of every individual.

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