Yoga Therapy trial sessions (registration closed)
What it's about

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a “normal” or healthy individual, Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance – Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D (IAYT, Contemporary Definitions of Yoga Therapy)

Yoga Therapy is an integrated mind-body therapeutic modality which aims to bring overall balance and promote wellbeing. Using a variety of tools and practices that may include physical postures and functional movement, breath work, mindfulness, relaxation and other appropriate mind-body practices, yoga therapy aims to empower the individual person towards an integration of their overall wellbeing in mind, body and spirit. Tailored to the therapeutic goals and specific conditions, yoga therapy can apply on its own or be added as complementary intervention, to enhance the effectiveness of other interventions and treatments. 

Yoga therapy goes beyond the physiological aspects to uncover other limitations or inhibitions, taking a holistic view and approach towards wellbeing. A yoga therapy session differs from a yoga class in that a yoga therapist has undertaken further in-depth professional training to assess the needs of the client, and in adapting ways to keep them safe. Guided by a trained professional yoga therapist, yoga therapy sessions are often 1-to-1, personalised to suit the needs of the client. While the therapeutic benefits and effects of the practices utilised for yoga therapy are evidence-based by research, it is important to understand that yoga therapy is not a cure or treatment, the specific effects will vary from person to person.       

  • You are able to attend 6 (six) weekly sessions of yoga therapy to complete a case study.
  • Each session will be 1 hour, except for the first session which will not exceed 1.5 hours. 
  • You are able to provide written feedback after each session.   
  1. No prior experience in yoga is necessary. 
  2. There is NO CHARGE for the 6 (six) weekly sessions*. In return, your commitment is required to attend ALL the scheduled sessions. 
  3. All trial sessions will commence from 1 July 2024 and complete by 31 August 2024.        
  4. If there is a need to reschedule a scheduled session due to unforeseen circumstances, it can be rearranged with at least 1 (one) day’s advance notice, subject to availability. 
  5. If there is cancellation of two consecutive sessions or a no-show of a scheduled session, your trial participation will be terminated. 
  6. While yoga therapy is able to work with many presenting conditions, it is not suited for any acute conditions that require immediate medical attention. 
  7. For the purpose of the trial participation, the following conditions are EXCLUDED:
    • Receiving current treatment for cancer.
    • Surgery within the last 6 weeks.
    • Cardiac event within the last 6 months. Written permission from the doctor is required for less than 2 years. 
    • Pregnancy.
    • Current acute flare up of inflammatory conditions including Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Rheumatoid, Arthritis.
    • Current infectious diseases. 
    • Late stage degenerative diseases, including renal disease and neurodegenerative diseases. 
    • End of life/hospice care.
    • Minors under the age of 18. 
    • In-patient care for a mental health condition or eating disorder within the last 6 months. Written permission from the doctor is required if it is after 6 months. 
    • Active suicide attempt in the last year.
    • Psychotic episode in the last year. 
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be considered on a case by case basis. Written permission from the doctor/psychotherapist is required, and must be under the active care of a psychiatrist/psychologist. 
    • Any complex conditions to be considered on a case by case basis. 

* In the spirit of giving back to the community, you are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to sponsor a Newbie Starter Pack (valued at $50) for classes at Kate Porter Yoga. This sponsorship will go towards a person-in-need that you may nominate to us, or you may allow us to offer your sponsorship to a person-in-need. Please email us at to make this donation.  

Registration is open from 1 May 2024 and will close on 31 May 2024

Important things to note about your registration:

  1. By submitting your registration, you are agreeing to be contacted by the yoga therapist (Annie) to assess your suitability for this Personal Yoga Therapy Trial. 
  2. Your participation in this trial is subject to further evaluation and confirmation of acceptance. 
  3. Each registration will be considered. In the event that your participation in this trial is not suitable due to a variety of possible factors, you will be informed accordingly. 
  4. It may take up to 4 (four) weeks to process your registration, we endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. 
About The Teacher

Annie Gan

Annie began her yoga practice in 2004 initially as a way to cope with work stress, but later she found that yoga offers much more and embraced it as a lifelong personal journey for overall wellbeing of mind, body and spirit. After she left the corporate world, she decided to deepen her knowledge and pursued her yoga education. She has completed 1200+ hours of teacher training with leading yoga masters including Sri Dharma Mittra, Paul Grilley, Angel and Gopala Amir Yaffa, Judith Hanson Lasater, she is grateful for all her teachers who shaped her style of teaching. Annie has been teaching yoga for over 12 years, she is highly experienced and versatile in her classes and will often adapt and integrate various practices to meet the students wherever they are.

Annie developed further interest in the therapeutic application of yoga and embarked on a 3-year internationally accredited Professional Diploma in Yoga Therapy, to gain her certification as yoga therapist. She is currently completing her professional yoga therapy training with the Minded Institute, accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP) in the UK, as well as the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She is passionate to share the therapeutic benefits of yoga and how yoga can be incorporated into one’s daily lives.

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