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Yoga Therapy for Health

According to the Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, in a survey of students taking yoga classes, 53.5% had chronic illnesses, and 42.3% were receiving medication from hospitals. This suggests that a majority of any yoga teacher’s class attendees are not healthy and should not exercise as a healthy person would. 

Yoga instructors in the U.S. are often not trained to treat people with medical conditions. This means students with health issues should approach yoga classes more carefully because they are look to instructors for what they don’t know themselves. Additionally, individuals with health issues can now visit a referral resource of the International Association of Yoga Therapists ( to access a C-IAYT certified specialist practicing yoga therapy with experiential training in the research and applications of yoga for medical issues affecting mind, body, breath, spirit and lifestyle.  

We cannot solve a problem by the same means by which it formed.  We cannot keep doing what we have always done and expect transformation. If a problem doesn’t resolve, we must look to what we have been doing and listen to what we have been ignoring to approach that problem differently. When ignorance meets information, and intention meets action to apply this information carefully, skillfully and personally, the result is liberation from suffering.   


Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy at Midtown Medical Park is the first office in Sarasota providing individual therapy under the ownership of C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapist Paula Morris. Summer clinics are offered on Wednesdays, from June to September, at discounted rates. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 941-316-6893 or visit  

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