"Although yoga as a practice is therapeutic, there are significant differences between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist and between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session. Clarity about these differences is helpful for the teacher/therapist, as well as for the student/client... After an appropriate intake and assessment, therapists will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms. Examples include helping clients with pain management, fatigue, or sleeplessness. In addition, the therapist's role is to empower clients to take a more active role in their self-care. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence. Hence, the job of the therapist represents a different focus, a different type of education, and a different skill set." - Gary Kraftsow
MEd, ERYT-500, C-IAYT
Bill is a highly educated and trained Certified Yoga Therapist. He is also a recovered alcoholic and went through the physical trauma of playing over 20 years of American football as-well-as overcoming obesity. After recovery and coming to Yoga well over a decade ago he instantly saw the therapeutic value of the practice and its many applications for the individual. Especially if it were incorporated into a holistic and cohesive way of life. He created "11th Step Yoga" for recovering alcoholics in 2009 as an option for the regular AA meetings many attend. Happily, it is still in operation and growing today. After creating Ozark Mountain Yoga Bill established a strong relationship with Coxhealth as a Community Partner and works closely with physicians and other health professionals integrating Yoga for patients with symptoms ranging from sleeping problems to spondylolisthesis and PTSD.
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MBA, RYT-500, C-IAYT, CPT
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