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Yoga Therapy

For now all private Yoga Therapy sessions are held online

Susana is a Certified Yoga Therapist* accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) offering Yoga Therapy private, group sessions and series in the Portland area, in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar.


She graduated as a Certified Yoga Therapist after the completion of the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) Yoga Therapy Training Program.

What is Yoga Therapy?

"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. The yoga tradition views each human being as a multidimensional system that includes numerous aspects-including body, breath, and mind (intellect and emotions)-and their mutual interaction. Yoga therapy is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions, which are distinct from an individual's unchanging nature or spirit. The 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."

(excerpt from the International Association of Yoga Therapists website, "Scope of Practice" iayt.org)

Yoga Therapy is a great complement to other modalities and can help in the case of:


  • Structural conditions such as low back pain, upper back, neck and shoulders, sacrum, hip or knee isuues

  • Physiological conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, Digestive Issues, Parkinson's, Cancer

  • Emotional/Psychological conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief

A Yoga Therapy intervention will consist of:

  • Assess needs and interests of the client

  • Set goals     

  • Define strategies using tools of the Yoga Tradition

  • Design a therapeutic intervention

  • Develop a personalized home practice

  • Reassess to calibrate and tailor the practice

  • Empower the individual to progress toward improved health and well-being

* I am a Certified Yoga Therapist Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, therefore the yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my [non-YAR credential or other qualification], not derived from my status as an [RYT/E-RYT] with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Code of Ethics

Scope of Practice

About Susana

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 Belmont, California. U.S.A. 
(503)706 5733 

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