Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy with DJ: over a decade of healing since 2003

In yoga therapy, students experience the benefits of yoga in the individualized, joyful and compassionate context of the yogic teacher-student relationship. Yoga therapy sessions are private and are fifty to sixty minutes long.

“I train people to become physically fit and emotionally resilient. My motto is: vitality, joy, and tranquility are your birthright! When you think of yoga, your imagination immediately goes to the physical poses. In my yoga therapy, we do practice poses as a means to obtain physical health but also to sculpt specific, optimum mental health. I see my students on a weekly basis for one hour private sessions, giving us the chance to develop a very special, personalized connection. I believe that in this era of so much constant interaction, what we all most crave is connection. With each other, but above all with our own selves. I specialize in grace. Through my extensive knowledge and experience in the field of mental health, working with hundreds of people with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and the like, I came to understand that while suffering has different faces, it all comes from the same source: disconnection with our true selves. Therefore, over the years my clientele has become extremely diverse, from people suffering from very serious chronic diseases to fit dads wanting to increase flexibility and new moms wanting support on their journey through motherhood. A session with me will often bring my students to feel better about who they are and their social environment as we walk together through conversation, energy work, individually tailored series of yoga poses, meditation training, stress management practices, programs of herbal vitality boosters, and lifestyle guidelines. I now have students all over the US and the globe. Almost half of my sessions now are via Skype! Which is amazing and teach us about boundless connection!” DJ in interview to Boston Voyager Magazine, 2017.


DJ is extremely authentic, intuitive, and a pleasure to work with. I don’t have much time to devote to my own fulfillment and she gets the absolute most out of the time I have available for instruction. She is able to look through many of the excuses I have for why I haven’t done something about happiness entering my life. She is teaching me the value of letting go and allowing. I highly recommend DJ!” Tony Cicoria, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon.


Issues commonly addressed are: depression, anxiety, hypo and hyperthyroidism, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pain management, migraines, stress eating, eating disorders and disordered eating, digestive disorders, back problems, sleep disorders, physical injuries, pregnancy management, cardiac diseases, allergies, respiratory problems,  health support during cancer treatment, high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, celiac disease, weight management, pain management, grief support, trauma, among others.

Yoga therapy supports anyone seeking physical, mental, psychological, energetic, and spiritual wellbeing  in life.

Work with couples and families is also offered through yoga therapy.

A typical session includes:

::Meditation coaching
:: Relaxation practices
:: Auric cleansing
:: Energy distribution
:: Chakra balancing
:: Personal recommendations
:: Crystal healing
:: Flower essences (if necessary)
:: Ayurvedic medicine program
:: Individual yoga series


I first started working with Ana in Boston over a decade ago when all other so-called “Western” options were not helping me cope with extreme anxiety and just general fear about life, work, my future etc. From Boston to London to China, she has been a presence in my life, offering not only support but wisdom as well as healing practices that continue to help me deal with stress. She is a truly gifted therapist, and I remain grateful that I happened to come across her by chance in Boston now many years ago.” Lara Farrar, Journalist.

Additional yoga therapy treatments used by DJ: Yoga Nidra,Bhandas, Kryas, Mudras, Mantras, Yantras, Guided visualization, Energy rebalance through crystals and hands placing, Sound therapy with crystal singing bowl, Personal rituals, Directed self-study, Discussion on life issues, Lifestyle guidance (daily routines, house organization to foster healing, recipes), 4 Rs,  Love Oracle, Quick distress de-activation, Brain Gym, Energy cleansing, Watching the watcher, Integration, Beliefs Book, Positive reprogramming, Day review with affirmations, Om shanti meditation, Mandalas, The internal barometer, Tibetan respiration, Divine Prototype, The Sanctuary, Dance of life, Four directions dance, Anger release, Hands of Light, Meditation of Tubes of Light, Chakras recharge, Menarche, work, Diamond Body, Powerful questions, Animals of Powers, Marma Therapy, Rebirthing, Angel Therapy, Home assignments, etc.

Living Well. Feeling Better.

Sessions always begin with a relaxation ritual, giving birth to new conditioning, when the student finds grounding and presence. We invest time in talking, so DJ can get to know the students’s needs that day.  The student then is invited to take the mat to explore yoga practices and be in tune with her emotions in a exploratory  and creative way, freeing old negative patterns and co-creating with her body-mind connection a life that feels good. All sessions end with an affirmation of self-caring and chanting, leaving the student feeling purposeful and ready to live well.

Investment: $160 per session or $180 for couples or family sessions

 

 

 

Questions and Answers

 

What is the difference between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist?

A yoga therapist has more extensive and deeper experience teaching yoga. A yoga therapist has completed advanced studies in one or more specialties and is able to assist in the individualized treatment of diseases, as opposed to teaching in a group setting. Nowadays, to be a certified yoga therapist, one has to have at least five years of experience teaching yoga full time, experience teaching yoga one-on-one and a yoga therapy training.

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Why should I go to yoga therapy instead of a yoga class?

I think the best answer is simple: because you want the best for yourself. And then this gives me the perfect opportunity to explain to you the difference between yoga therapy and a yoga class. The private and individualized setting gives me a chance to give my undivided attention to my students. In individual yoga therapy I have the chance to use my fifteen years of experience as a yoga therapist to laser focus on and cultivate all of the student’s personal strengths in an organic way. At the same time, we get to develop a relationship full of trust, compassion, and a sense of humor. Through this relationship, I am able to identify areas of the student’s life that may need particular support. I can then dedicate time to building a unique program that is holistic and respectful of who you are.

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Why should I go to a private yoga therapy session instead of a private yoga class?

Typically, as explained above, a yoga therapist has significantly more training under her belt. To become an accredited yoga therapist, one must have several years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher, a great deal of experience teaching one-on-one sessions, and complete a board-certified training regimen – which on average is equivalent to two years or 2000 hours of training. In my case I’ve logged over 5000 hours of training, including specialty training in India and a Master’s degree in Yoga Therapy/Yoga Psychology, as well as courses in anatomy and Western psychology. To draw a simple analogy, a yoga teacher is to a seasoned yoga therapist what a B.A. is to a Ph.D. A yoga therapist should have enough training to treat medical conditions alongside medical doctors, psychologists, and other health care professionals. A yoga therapist is much better equipped than a yoga teacher to work with your kid, regardless of whether she is healthy or struggling with some health issue.

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What is the difference between yoga therapy and a regular talk therapy session?

In yoga therapy we have the endless possibility of accessing the body-mind connection in diversely creative ways.  By moving the body,  using the breath in a therapeutic way, under the guidance of seasoned yoga therapist,  we can free old patterns of negativity. Making use of the body-mind complex,  we are able to understand our own emotions and master them. We learn to cultivate our best assets and to rebalance the parts that feel off. The integrative aspect of yoga therapy allows the healing of the whole person. For a lot of people, just talking can feel incomplete and limiting, specially after a few years of talk therapy alone. Some of my students find that both modalities of healing can complement each other.

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How often should one have a yoga therapy session?

Most my students see me weekly, some twice a week. It is very important to maintain frequency and constancy, when it comes to new positive habits formation.

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Have more more questions? Please feel free to write to me contact@yogadj.com

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The two main goals of Divya Jyoti Yoga Therapy are INTEGRATION AND UNITY.

INTEGRATION (with the internal and external worlds):

  • Body > students experience their bodies as familiar, resourceful, enjoyable and sacred. They learn to accept the changing nature of their bodies and to cultivate love and respect towards their uniqueness. Through the unique practices DJ teaches her students, aging gracefully becomes inherent to students’ lives. The body becomes stronger, more flexible and vital.
  • Energies > students acquire a balanced energy level and learn how to maintain their optimum level of energy through self-maintenance practices.
  • Emotions > students are enabled to view emotions as teaching partners, rather than something to fight or flee from. Students learn to co-create their lives with the mastering of their emotions.
  • Intellect > the mind is converted into an asset through which they can experience themselves and others both objectively and intuitively. Students learn to become aware of their thought processes.
  • Personality > students gain an integrated sense of themselves as individuals, while having their perception anchored in their positive internal resources.
  • Spirituality > students learn to trust Life and trust themselves.

UNITY: The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means unity; in this state, all the aspects of the being are united and the individual is able to be established in one’s true Self, in non-duality, where there is no conflict.

“Although everything germinates in darkness, movement and growth are towards light. Under the cover of the earth, a seed sprouts in the darkness. A fetus grows in the darkness of the womb and makes its way toward the light. So also every action of man should move toward light. In this process, action loses its dark shadows and becomes pure. Anger, jealousy, greed, craving, pain, pleasure, and misery generally germinate in the dark shadows of consciousness. They are all energy. Because they are imprisoned by different centers, they create tension and due to tension, man gets dissipated and decays. If this energy is channeled into the Cosmic Law as life force, every life will run its full course smoothly, without impediment. Life will be holy, the holiest of holies.” (Kashyap, The Shoreless Ocean, 2005, p.136)

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