What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a holistic approach to healing. Yoga integrates techniques to improve function at all levels of the human experience. The tools of yoga work at every level, from the physical body, to the more subtle energetic function, to the workings of the mind, emotions and spirit. Regular yoga practice integrates these levels to address the root cause of pain, disease and dysfunction.
Yoga therapy is not a “quick-fix.” Although a single yoga practice will likely help you feel more relaxed and comfortable, healing through yoga is a gradual, sustainable change that improves your health and habits of movement, thinking and perspective. Yoga requires regular, consistent practice to work these deeper levels. Zoë’s role as teacher is to create a personal practice which is meaningful, effective and enjoyable for you to return to each day.
Yoga is a low-risk, high-yield means of treatment. Research shows that yoga can be an ideal complement to other forms of medical treatment for relief of pain and supporting your return to health. The yoga practices are gentle, do-able routines that will take you toward balance and well-being, without added strain.
Who does yoga therapy help?
- Chronic pain, such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, or hip pain
- Breathing difficulty or shortness of breath
- Sleeping difficulty, such as night waking or difficulty falling to sleep
- Restrictions in mobility
- Stress and anxiety
- Digestive discomfort, such as IBS
- Generalized disorders like fibromyalgia or arthritis
What to Expect:
About Zoë Sipes, CMT, Experienced Yoga Teacher
Zoë is passionate about the healing and transformative power of yoga and loves seeing students grow in their practice and lives. For Zoë, yoga extends far beyond physical practice–it is a holistic system that promotes balance of the body, mind and soul for total well-being.
From personal experience, Zoë knows how effective regular yoga practice can be in shifting perspective and improving behavior and mood. Consistent, regular practice helps Zoe stay connected, patient and happier, and pain-free. In students, she sees that practice boosts self-esteem, improves outlook, relieves stress and anxiety and helps people reach life and wellness goals.
After completing yoga teacher training, Zoë began teaching group yoga classes and private lessons in the Evansville area. Zoë received further training in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar lineage of yoga, known as viniyoga, a tradition which emphasizes appropriate application of various yoga techniques to benefit students as individuals. The tone of her classes is relaxing, encouraging, and positive. Zoë’s classes incorporate asana, or yoga poses, to balance the physical and subtle body, as well as breathing (pranayama) and meditation. Many classes also include chanting and yoga philosophy when applicable.
Zoë provides yoga therapy instruction and massage therapy at Bodyworks in Evansville.
Myofascial Release I – MFR Seminars (2016)
300-Hr Foundations of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training – The Yoga Well Institute (2015)
Certified Massage Therapist – Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy (2014)
Member of International Association of Yoga Therapists (2012-2016)
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance (2013-2016)
24-Hr Restorative Yoga Therapy Certificate – Yapana Yoga (2013)
90-Hr Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate – Youth Yoga School (2013)
700-Hr Massage Therapy Diploma – Bodyworks Massage Institute (2013)
200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – Evansville Teacher Training (2010)