Yoga therapy is a one-on-one private session taught by Shanna Hughes. The approach focuses on the whole body-mind, working with present limitations and ailments through breathing practices—specific to each individual’s needs.
Yoga therapy takes a whole-body approach, assessing each person’s overall health and working with whatever limitations are present. This approach also considers mental health, sometimes using a combination of talk therapy and movement, under the assumption that mental and physical wellness are integrated. Breathing practices are taught with different healing effects along with Individual assessments of the client, since two people with similar conditions could have very different medical histories or complicating factors that would result in a different course of treatment.
Shanna teaches private one-on-one yoga therapy classes with individuals who are challenged with physical ailments and limitations. Patients recovering from surgery, challenging diagnosis, age or mobility limitations have gained great improvement through regular sessions with Shanna.
Yoga Therapy can address chronic conditions such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Back pain and neck pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Joint Pain
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Chronic Stress
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disorders
Shanna Hughes is a trained yoga therapist with many years of experience in classic yoga training with a special emphasis on therapeutic and clinical applications of yoga and special-needs yoga integration.
For the first fifteen years of her life, Shanna lived in Kashmir, India where her parents studied yoga and meditation under the guidance of a world-acclaimed philosopher and Kashmir Shaivite Saint, -Swami Lakshmanjwam joo. By joining these classes-from childhood through her young adult years, Shanna learned at an early age the healing power of meditation and yoga.
After returning to America, Shanna continued her studies of yoga, concentrating on yoga therapy. She completed a three-year certification as a Yoga Therapist from Loyola Marymount University. Through this innovative course, she learned how to integrate the practices of yoga with the various approaches to healing found in modern medicine including techniques in physical therapy and stress reduction through bio-feedback.
Yoga can be taught sitting on a chair, laying in a bed or on the floor. Depending on the clients’ capacity and needs, Shanna creates a class in which the client learns how to stretch and strengthen their body musculature using classic or modified yoga positions. Many of her clients have either never practiced yoga before or have had negative experiences because of being pushed too hard. With this in mind, Shanna is able to create a safe, gentle practice that is user friendly and can be practiced at home daily. Another very important element of her teaching is her understanding of breathing patterns and ways to better these. Proper breathing can invigorate a person with vitality and health. In her sessions,the client learns the practice that best suits their breathing patterns and needs. Shanna has traveled the world teaching gentle physical postures and breathing techniques that have proven to be both calming and healing; and in many cases, reversing what seems like irreversible physical and emotional challenges.