Yoga Therapy sessions, classes and Teacher Training focus on needs of individual

You’ve heard the cliche, “No pain. No gain.” But that’s one expression you won’t hear out of yoga therapist Andrea Sacchetti. Yoga therapy uses the techniques of yoga to restore or maintain an optimal state of health and vitality, with a focus on the individual needs of the client or student.

When you participate in a yoga therapy session or take a class with Sacchetti, you’ll learn how to select and modify poses, breathing practices, and even diet and lifestyle. “Yoga is intended to accept and accommodate each person exactly where they are at that moment,” says Sacchetti. “Everyone can do yoga, but yoga is not ‘one size fits all.’ For example, some students may benefit with a heated practice, while others may potentially be harmed by it. There is both an art and science to the guidance.”

Sacchetti, who teaches both yoga students and yoga teachers, is planning her next Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training to begin Saturday, September 26, in Skillman.

Sacchetti’s students report that Yoga Therapy helps them in many ways, including lowering blood pressure, increasing mobility, addressing osteoporosis, and handling stress with greater calmness and confidence.

Individuals aren’t the only ones who find value in the practice. Today many doctors, nurses, and physical therapists see yoga therapy as a complement to their protocols. “I’ve seen a huge difference in the medical community’s acceptance of Yoga Therapy since I began teaching in 2005,” Sacchetti says.

“Physicians often come to yoga because they know someone whose physical or emotional ailment has been helped by an informed yoga practice. Others come because they have read about current research findings and want to have a first-hand experience,” Sacchetti says. “We are fortunate to live in a golden age in which both the amazing capabilities of modern medicine and the time-tested wisdom of eastern traditions (including yoga) are available to us.”

Sacchetti received her 500 hour level certification in Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training by the YogaLife Institute (accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists). She has teaching credentials in Spanda Yoga and Vinyasa Krama, has studied the fundamentals of Ayurveda, and has taken numerous shorter trainings in yoga as a complementary therapy for specific ailments. She earned a B.A. in religion at Duke University. She expresses gratitude for the many wonderful teachers she has had.

Her work experience includes stress management, cancer wellness programs, bone density management, trauma recovery, a yogic approach to rheumatoid arthritis, yoga for teens in the New Jersey juvenile justice system, and more.

“Therapeutic yoga has been my passion for a decade,” says Sacchetti. “I love sharing the healing possibilities it offers to people, and I love sharing this knowledge with teachers and health care providers.”

Sacchetti’s upcoming classes in Princeton and Skillman include:

Gentle Yoga and Extra-Gentle Yoga; Radical Healing Study Group; Gentle Yoga and Healing Meditation through the Breast Cancer Resource Center; and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. For details, contact Sacchetti at yogacalling@gmail.com.

No pain, no gain? Maybe it’s time to adopt a new cliche: No pain. You gain.

Princeton Yoga Therapy, http://princetonyogatherapy.com. 609-891-6060. yogacalling@gmail.com.

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