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NEW HEALTH yogatherapy Haarlem Bettine Meijer

What is yogatherapie?

Yoga Therapy is a personalised program of physical exercises, breathing techniques, and coaching with personal attention and reflection based on yoga and biomedical knowledge.

Health, viewed from the perspective of Yoga Therapy, is unique because Yoga Therapy looks at all aspects of a person's life rather than focusing on a specific body part or body system. Yoga Therapy is a safe way to work with the natural predisposition of your body and mind to optimize your health.


Yoga Therapy is a relatively new modality that applies techniques from yoga, mindfulness, and coaching, combined with extensive biomedical knowledge, knowledge of Ayurveda, and nutrition, in a personalized approach. The combination of techniques and knowledge, along with the individualized approach, makes Yoga Therapy an incredibly effective tool for improving overall health in a holistic, non-invasive, and complementary way.

The specific structure of your Yoga Therapy program depends on what you need to enhance your health and overall well-being.

A Yoga Therapy program consists of (a combination of) the following elements:

  • Physical postures and exercises tailored to your body and fully within your physical abilities, taking into account any pains or discomfort.

  • Breathing exercises to promote optimal (functional) breathing and improve energy management.

  • Relaxation exercises and Restorative Yoga.a

  • Coaching to gain more insight into yourself, your patterns, who you are, and why you do what you do. This allows you to make new conscious choices that align better with you.

  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

In each session, I will help you focus on what you can do, what feels good, rather than what you cannot do (yet), what is painful, or what you are not yet ready for. It can be very daunting to work on your health, especially when you're not feeling well. In the sessions, our starting point is always to focus on what requires the most attention for you at that moment. From there, we explore together the effect it has on you and how it may also influence other parts of your body and impact how you feel.

Health issues that Yoga Therapy can help with:

  • Muscle and joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, hypermobility, and back pain.

  • Cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, and post-heart surgery recovery.

  • Respiratory conditions, such as asthma, chronic lung disease (COPD), hyperventilation, post-COVID-19 recovery, and long COVID-19.

  • Neurological conditions, such as migraines, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and fibromyalgia.

  • Digestive complaints, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and bloating.

  • Hormone-related issues, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pregnancy or postnatal concerns, menopausal symptoms, and fertility problems.

  • Immune system-related conditions, such as autoimmune diseases and diabetes.

  • Recovery after cancer or support during cancer treatment.

  • Mental health issues, such as burnout, stress, anxiety and panic attacks, and trauma.

  • Enhancing your existing yoga practice or developing a safe "home" practice.

In summary, whether it's reducing chronic pain, recovering from burnout, getting more benefits from your current yoga practice, or addressing any other health concerns, I invite you to explore the possibilities and discuss how Yoga Therapy can support you.

NEW HEALTH yogatherapy Haarlem Bettine Meijer
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