Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Nutrition

Yoga or Yoga Therapy

      Yoga Therapy is an integrative approach to healing that brings about a change in the attitude and quality of a person's life.  Utilizing the various tools of yoga in a therapeutic way, Yoga Therapy brings healing to different physical, mental, and emotional conditions.  If you are looking for someone to help you on your path to healing who listens, takes time with you to understand what is going on--on all the many levels: physical, energetic, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.--then you've come to the right place.  

Yoga Therapy is complementary to all other healing modalities,--offering you an opportunity to reduce your stress and allow your mind and body to open itself to the healing process.  Like Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy helps a healthy person maintain their health or otherwise, helps a person to return to health. JJ will work with you to address areas of concern in the body such as joint pain, range of motion, better posture, muscle pain, and more.  You will leave with a practice consisting of gentle movements combining yoga, and breath (sometimes meditation or more). Please let JJ know your interest in meditation or other "deeper" work of yoga such as mindfulness, mantra, mudras, etc.

While Yoga Therapy does not treat pathological conditions it is a proven method of intervention for many chronic conditions include: auto-immune issues, issues related to metabolic syndrome (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, etc.), as well as many structural issues (back, neck, shoulder, hips, knees, etc.) . Yoga Therapy is a self-empowering process, giving you the tools to help yourself, so it does require active participation in order to experience the healing benefits.

As your Yoga Therapist, JJ creates a safe judgement-free zone of encouragement, designs an individualized plan, and makes adjustments of the plan as you progress on your healing path.  Yoga Therapy is often used in conjunction with the tools of Ayurveda and herbal medicine, as well as all Western modalities of healing.  JJ will work with your current physical therapist, or other healthcare practitioner so that you receive the best recommendations for your healing path.


      The key to good health is nutrition.  Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."  JJ's knowledge of nutrition, herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, combined with her Master's degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition provides the right ingredients to help you on your journey toward better heal and healing.  JJ works with her clients by having them fill out an extensive intake form similar to a functional medicine doctor.In your first nutritional consultation, she'll go over that intake form with you and together come up with a plan that will work for you.  She understand that every person is unique and that no one diet or nutrition plan works for everyone (otherwise we'd all be on that diet.) . You may process carbohydrates well, while another person feels bloated with carbs and needs more protein and/or fats.  These are the three macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fats) that we all need in varying quantity and what one person's diet book says to do may not work for you.  

All diets recommend the elimination or drastic reduction of processed foods and sugars, but after that, it's a game of discovery.  JJ is familiar with this game of discovery and working with others as they discover what foods are most nourishing to them at this time in their life.  She knows that what worked and we could easily eat when we were younger doesn't always continue to work.  The idea of moderation and eating a variety of foods is important, eating the rainbow of colors of food is important, and how you begin to incorporate new foods in your routine can be confusing.  JJ listens to you and has the knowledge to help get you on the road to better health.

Overall Health & Wellness

      JJ can incorporate both yoga and nutrition in your wellness plan if desired.  Please let her know ahead of time as you'll need to fill out both the yoga therapy intake form and the nutrition intake form.