Medical Therapeutic Yoga

As a Physical Therapist and Certified Professional Yoga Therapist, Sylvie uses the framework of western medicine combined with traditional Yoga practices to help people improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. She integrates ancient yogic techniques with the aim to educate, empower, and enable individuals to take an active role in their own health and wellness process. These therapeutic practices include a series of physical movements, breathing exercises, and mindfulness training.

“I always receive personalized attention at Medical Therapeutic Yoga classes at SOPT. Sylvie is very attentive and creates classes using exercises, breathing techniques, and relaxation practices that are good for my many medical conditions. These classes have helped me significantly improve my mobility and reduce the pain in my joints and lower back.

– Maria Igolnikov

How would this help my rehab?

    1. Yoga’s health benefits stretch far beyond the yoga mat to help create a sustainable lifelong path of wellness for you that includes:
      • Injury prevention and care
      • Enhanced functional movement
      • Improved sports performance.
    2. The act of consciously breathing while mindfully engaging in alignment-based yogic postures helps to balance the systems of your body, especially the spine and nervous system. This practice can help to reverse and restore the negative impact of chronic pain, stress, and fatigue.
    3. Relaxation of the mind-body connection helps to create a state of ease, stability, and restoration that is beneficial for healing.

What types of Injuries or Problems will this help?

Neuroendocrine dysregulation such as:

Depression and anxiety
Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Dorsal Vagal Response/PTSD

Inflammatory and Metabolic Disorders such as:

Weight management
Chronic pain
Heart disease
Back and joint pain
Respiratory dysfunction

Special populations such as:

Women’s Health
Prenatal and Postpartum
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Neurodegenerative Diseases (MS, PD, ALS)

Yoga and Physical Therapy

How is this different from other yoga therapy?

Medical Therapeutic Yoga is the practice of yoga in medicine, rehabilitation, and wellness settings instructed by a licensed healthcare professional who has graduated from the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute and has been credentialed as a Professional Yoga Therapist.

At Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy, we integrate yoga with physical therapy, taking a holistic mind-body approach that addresses your physical, psychosocial-emotional, energetic, intellectual, and spiritual health.

Special care and attention is provided to adjust and modify commonly practiced yoga poses to meet the needs and demands of your body, allowing for you to feel safe and supported when practicing at home and/or in a yoga studio setting. Education on the purpose, reason, and benefits of each yoga exercise is also explained in full, giving you a sense of empowerment and purpose with your practice.

What if I’ve never done yoga before?

  1. Medical Therapeutic Yoga is an accessible and safe practice for every individual, regardless of age, medical history, and functional limitations.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be young, flexible, and experienced to practice. Those without experience or with a history of injuries who have a willingness and motivation to try yoga are highly encouraged and welcomed!
  3. A wide variety of different props and tools, such as chairs, blankets, and blocks, are used to adapt yoga practices for each and every individual. Students are supervised by a licensed and experienced Physical Therapist to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness.
Therapudic Yoga

But don’t just take our word for it!

Sylvie Le was my Physical Therapist last year when I was recovering from a total knee replacement surgery. Sylvie put me at ease from the moment I met her. She guided me and challenged me, and I hold her directly responsible for a huge part of my recovery.

I really enjoy Sylvie’s style of teaching, her sense of humor, and her thoughtful ability to help those of us with physical limitations to take part in and enjoy yoga practice.”

– Nancy White

Yoga was never in my sights! Seriously, two knee surgeries, three rotator cuff repairs, and assorted sprains & strains did not make me a good candidate in my eyes.

Now two months in, I am guided by a teacher who is keenly aware of her students’ needs, and doesn’t hesitate to offer modifications to help each of us be successful at our own pace.  I leave each class with a renewed sense of inner peace and outer strength. No matter where you are at physically, know that this is a safe place to be challenged!

– Janet Chaffee