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Meditative yoga therapy

Meditative yoga therapy
Dr. Vidhi Sodhi,

Consultant In yoga therapy

Meditative yoga therapy

Meditative Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is a self- empowering process where the care-seeker takes an active role towards their own healing. Yoga therapist provides them with help and guidance to implement a customised and evolving practice. The practices use the entire spectrum of yoga tools that includes but not limited to āsana-s, breathing techniques and meditation that is aimed towards addressing the illness in a multi-dimensional, progressive and complimentary manner. Yoga Therapy can serve to be preventative, curative and in some cases as a means to manage a condition. Yoga Therapy looks at an individual as a whole thereby helps in restoring physical, physiological and emotional systems.

Benefits of Medical Yoga Therapy

  • Helps to relieve symptoms
  • Develops self-care behaviours
  • Improves quality of life
  • Improves sleep
  • Enhance new positive mental patterns
  • Provide means to develop coping strategies
  • All stress related disorders including insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression etc
  • Musculoskeletal problems such as knee pain, back pain etc
  • Immune system disorders such as arthritis
  • Endocrine and hormonal problems such as diabetes and women’s health issues
  • Asthma and other lung disorders
  • Grief and emotional strain


Yoga Therapy Process

Yoga Therapy process starts with the first thought of using yoga as tool to address a need- that need could be personal transformation, or for health.  Usually, it is necessary to have few sessions to evolve a practice which the care seeker can keep for a long time. The first sessions which is the first consultation is a bit longer, generally around an hour and half, in order for me to understand and get to know the care seeker. After which I design a yoga practice that the care seeker takes home and ideally practice regularly everyday. The next session usually takes place much quicker and is for an hour and takes place soon after the first consultation so that I can see whether the practice needs changing: this may be for a variety of reasons – sometimes the care seeker is ready to progress, sometimes other priorities surface, sometimes the practice needs to be refined, sometimes people just want something different. This pattern of checking and refining continues, with the intervals between classes usually becoming gradually longer. Some people are happy to come for about four sessions and then feel that they can be independent for quite a while. Others prefer to continue to come back at intervals of, perhaps, 4, 6 or 8 weeks.  This is not prescriptive and changes as each one of us are unique and have our own needs and requirements.


About me:

Vidhi is founder of mi-yogaḥ; senior and experienced Yoga Therapist; Research assistant in the NHS conducting yoga therapy research; and In-Service Tutor for BWY.  She is Complementary and Natural Health Council Profession Specific Board member for Yoga Therapy. She has authored articles in yoga and patient group magazines such as Diabetes Update, Om magazine, Holistic Therapist magazine, The Times of Malta on topics of yoga therapy such as yoga and anxiety, yoga and rheumatic conditions, yoga and back pain. She supported Central Middlesex Hospital (CMH) rheumatology patient group with patient-driven audits resulting in experience with long-term inflammatory conditions and completed first in UK pilot study of Yoga Therapy (Y-TKM) in Rheumatoid Arthritis at CMH. This study abstract has been accepted for online publication at the European League for Rheumatology (EULAR), Royal College of Physicians, Innovation in Medicine e-posters and also at the CAMSTRAND, a conference on complementary Therapy organised by University of Manchester. She delivers Y-TKM modular course at Imperial College School of Medicine 3rd Yr curriculum.


She is regularly invited to offer workshops to yoga teacher trainees and other yoga teachers. She has recently also presented at the Royal Society of Medicine, Houses of Parliament, as well as High Commission of India, educating healthcare professionals, yoga teachers as well as the general public on how yoga-therapy can help in the management of Long-Term Conditions.


 She runs her private yoga therapy clinic from MACS Pain Management Clinic, Watford, and mi-yogaḥ clinic in Chiswick.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How often should you do yoga for best results?


    There is no prescribed amount of time that applies to everyone. After your consultations with our practitioners and specialists, they will provide you with the appropriate timeline according to what works best for you.

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    Your yoga lessons will take place at our clinic in Watford.

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