Yoga Therapeutic Specialist
Imogen offers 1-2-1 Yoga Therapy Sessions. She is a Yoga Medicine® trained.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is the application of yoga practices to help relieve specific symptoms or a health condition that is troubling. In a yoga therapy session instruction focuses on the client’s specific condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of a yoga practice.
Yoga therapy aligns the unique health needs of the client with the ancient eastern yoga practices and traditions with modern western medical systems bridging the gap that is often left in modern healthcare. Sessions may include whole body movement, breathing exercises, postures, meditation, relationship building or the promotion of behavioural changes.
Yoga Therapy can be used to support:
Mental health conditions : Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, Eating Disorders, Addiction
Physical health conditions : back pain, musculoskeletal problems, post injury recovery, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, autoimmune diseases, IBS, obesity, heart disease, insomnia, fatigue, osteoporosis, women’s health; fertility, endometriosis, PCOS, miscarriage, IVF, menopause, pre and post natal
Who is it for?
Anyone - all ages and abilities
In Imogen’s own words: “The best way to explain the role of a Yoga Therapeutic Specialist is that we support doctors and healthcare providers as part of a multi disciplinary team to facilitate a patients journey back to optimal health. We are trained in both Eastern and Western modalities and believes healthcare requires teamwork and a multifaceted approach to wellness from different vantage points. Yoga is a tool that can support so many issues, however it is important to make clear it is not the job of a therapeutic specialist to diagnose.
I have had many clients come to me who’s doctors have recommended they work with yoga but a huge amount of my work over the last 5 years has been word of mouth. I have worked with clients after hip replacements, mastectomies, back pain, sciatica, before and after chid birth, shoulder surgery, panic attacks, anxiety, depression and more! I have also been privileged to be asked to partner with many charities in the UK to help their clients with the tools of yoga; SHP (Single Homeless Project), The Teenage Cancer Trust, Trekstock Young Adult Cancer Support, to name a few.”
I know Imogen from Yangon, where I had attended many of her classes and had always enjoyed the creative way she puts together flows. By about half-way through my pregnancy, I felt it probably wasn't advisable for me (a relative yoga rookie) to continue following online group classes (due to COVID), so I started taking private lessons with Imogen. We were on opposite sides of the world, and video really isn't an ideal medium for yoga classes, but I was so impressed by how intuitively Imogen managed to anticipate my needs and mood. She helped me as much with the mental side as with the physical side of pregnancy; exploring themes around acceptance as my pregnancy progressed and our practice became more restorative, and then around renewal after my baby was born. When I look back, she essentially wound me down towards the birth and then cranked me back up again afterwards!
Despite the chaos of what was happening globally in 2020, and rather a dramatic first 24 hours of life for my baby, I will always look back on my pregnancy journey with a sense of calm strength for which I will be eternally grateful to Imogen and her incredible support.
Milla Rae - Yangon
During my time in Yangon, I attended group yoga classes with Imogen. These were a very relaxing and reflective way to end the week. I always felt a sense of calm and grounding despite the sometimes chaotic way of life that was happening around me. Leading up to COVID I went through a series of events that took a toll on my well being. One of my dear friends gifted me a one on one session with Imogen. I used this session when I felt like I was at rock bottom. I remember this first session where I felt broken and completely lost.
From that moment on I saw Imogen from the other side of the world on a weekly basis. Through video sessions, it was unbelievable how amazing she was at gaging where I was at. She holistically planned my sessions and through the practice of yoga, I was able to start again. I have never really experienced therapy in the past where I could feel changes as I did with the work I did with Imogen. I didn’t really see myself getting past that first week but through her guidance, support, expertise and deeply caring attitude I was able to learn from her sessions techniques that I could use independently.
Over the course of the year not only did I gain strength and find joy again but my life dramatically changed. Imogen adapted my sessions to help through pregnancy and life in general. There are no words to express my gratitude for Imogen. Finding joy and a sense of peace during times of uncertainty was the biggest gift.
Stacey Wotton - New Zealand