“Yoga therapy with Jacci has been such a pleasure, a relief and an inspiration. Jacci has a warm, caring manner and is always aware of my individual needs and physical issues. For years, every yoga class I tried left my back in bad shape, but with Jacci each session makes my back feel stronger and more supple. For the first time in years I’m inspired to do yoga on a regular basis.” Jane, NM
“I have been practicing yoga with Jacci Gruninger for almost 10 years. Jacci’s yoga helped me to heal from heart surgery—spiritually and mentally as well as a physically. I am grateful for the wisdom and insight she brings to the mat and look forward to every opportunity to practice with her.” David M.
“Jacci clearly loves what she does, and equally loves sharing it with others. Although she is deserving of the highest respect for her accomplishments, she demonstrates none of the ego or narcissism that is often found among experts in yoga or any other discipline. It is clearly about the yoga for Jacci, and it is obvious that she strives to live her life according to the yamas and niyamas.” Michael, NM
“Jacci is truly a gifted teacher and I feel privileged to be one of her students. Jacci is so much more than a knowledgeable yoga instructor. Jacci brings humor, patience, acceptance, and warmth to each session. These traits make Jacci the special person she is both in and out of the yoga studio.”
What is Yoga Therapy?
According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, of which I am a member, yoga therapy…
“Specifically applies yogic tools—postures, breath work, meditation, & more to address an individual’s needs—physically, mentally, emotionally, & even spiritually.”
Me & Yoga Therapy
I have a long history of working in the wellness world which began with a Masters of Health Science from The George Washington University. Movement, meditation and stress management were just a few of my specialties. In 2001, I started teaching yoga and never looked back. I completed a number of advanced yoga teacher trainings with both the Kripalu and Pranakriya Schools of Yoga including becoming a Yoga Therapist in 2014 and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist in 2008. Yoga Therapy married my love of wellness and yoga. It was a perfect fit.
“Clients are usually not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice.”
~ Gary Kraftsow
In a yoga therapy session you and I practice together to support your journey to wholeness. Unlike a regular yoga class, a yoga therapist will ask the client to complete a formal intake and assessment form. The session will be very directed toward the needs of the client. In addition to practice, a session might include discussion about yoga philosophy or yogic techniques that might be beneficial for the client. There is a lot of back and forth conversation and checking-in, unlike a traditional yoga class. The yoga therapist also works to help the client to take a more active role in their healing by providing practices for home use.
Yoga therapy uses a bio-psycho-social model of wellbeing and believes that all parts of us are interconnected and when one area is supported other areas also are supported. Yoga Therapists look at the WHOLE being and includes musculoskeletal stretching and strengthening, changing neurological processing and regulating the nervous systems.
A Yoga Therapist requires an additional 600 hours of education and training than a group or even private yoga instructor.
What is a Typical Yoga Therapy Session Like?
After the initial assessment, your yoga therapist will recommend a treatment plan combining many of the different yoga therapy modalities. You might also receive a home practice plan. Based on your needs, you might meet with your yoga therapist weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or every few months for a check-in or move forward based on your needs.
A session might include a brief discussion on some topic of yoga philosophy or lifestyle that would support your goals. Meditation, breath work and asana practice are included as well although it may be modified or look a bit different than traditional yoga. A therapist might also use mantra (sound) or mudra (hand postures) to support the client. Even exercise or wellness modalities might be incorporated. For example, you might be working on managing chronic low back pain. Your therapist might work with you on posture, gait and breath work to really feel and connect with your body followed by movement that would support the lengthening and strengthening of your back. There might also be movement and awareness geared toward all parts of your body since a yoga therapist takes your whole being into consideration when developing recommendations and practices.
Online Sessions Available
I encourage students to commit to at least three sessions to help you get the most out of the practice. Although best done in person, online yoga therapy sessions are also a possibility. These sessions, however, do require that the student commit to purchasing yoga and other supplies to support their session.
Yoga Therapists are credentialed through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. You can find out more about yoga therapy here.
Yoga Therapy At My Office
Initial Session 75 minutes: $100
Follow-up Sessions 60 minutes: $75
-New clients 50% off (in office only)
-Refer a friend and get 25% off your next massage
-Buy 3 sessions upfront and get 20% off each session
-Los Alamos County Employees get 20% off