Yoga Therapy with Matthew Romantini: Sadhana Therapeutics
Welcome to Matthew Romantini’s Sadhana Therapeutics, the in-house Yoga Therapy Program at Moksha Yoga Uptown.
It is my passion and purpose to help you move from bad to good, good to great, and great to unbelievable.
Here are 6 frequently asked questions about what I do:
- What is yoga therapy?
It’s a kind of yoga that looks and feels different from the regular yoga you might be used to.
Yoga Therapy is a movement style aimed at helping you live in a more functional, effective, and strain-free way, unique to your goals. I use the principles of yoga to help you get stronger, and build more stamina, flexibility, and balance, whether your goal has to do with yoga, or not. I have a particular talent in helping people build physical/physiological awareness, to help with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual/energetic challenges.
- How is yoga therapy different from regular yoga?
I base your yoga program on you, rather than on the rules of a particular style.
I start by assessing movement and posture, and from there, we start with what’s actually effective for you. For example, if you find a particular movement difficult to do, I can help you find out what is already working well, and what needs help. From there, we can work on the component parts that need more help, while nurturing what’s already doing a good job. I will help you move toward your goals, but along a pathway that is completely customized to you and your particular strengths and challenges. That kind of truly individualized personal attention is difficult to come by in the yoga and fitness worlds.
- I am already strong. Is yoga therapy easy (read: lame)?
It is simple, but not easy. We are going to be diving deep into your awareness to find underlying causes to your challenges. Sometimes this means dialing movement back for a time, to build a stronger foundation for increased complexity of movement. Then we can systematically increase complexity, and detail of movement. I am also committed to helping people find the organic pleasure of moving, which means we can get into expansive, free movement when the time is right.
- I am injured or in a lot of pain. Is yoga therapy hard (read: damaging)?
It is simple, and not easy. Because one of my strengths is seeing where people are at, I’m not going to give you any challenges that are over your level of stamina or function. One of my philosophies is that all of my information is coming from who is in front of me. Yes I have skills and tools to help you, but if I sacrifice your well being to a tool I know “should” work, then I don’t feel I am actually doing my job.
- I already do yoga, do I need yoga therapy?
I believe it can help you, yes.
Another thing I have found through practicing this way myself, is that as soon as I grasp something I’ve been working on, it opens up a new world of additional possibilities. My ability to handle more complexity means that I advance in my practice and can work on progressing even more with each step I take. There is always more refinement to do, and I have both skill and talent in identifying ways to help you develop even further. Yoga therapy is a great way to advance your practice, because it puts the awareness, and therefore the power, into your hands.
- I don’t do yoga, can I do yoga therapy?
I’ll tell you a little secret: most of my clients are not people who go to regular yoga classes. Your goals may have absolutely nothing to do with yoga at all, and I can still help you move toward them. Some of my clients are stressed at work and want help managing that. Others are rehabilitating from injury or surgery or chronic pain, others are elite athletes who want to improve their game. As a yoga therapist, I look at the whole person, their physical, mental and emotional state, their goals and their strengths and challenges and current level of awareness. If yoga doesn’t make your heart sing, then I am not going to try to make you like yoga, I’m going to work with you on what you love!
What I offer:
- Private Programs
- Semi-Private Programs (2 people)
- Remote programs (via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime)
- Collaborative Workshops with Other Wellness Workers
- Urban Weekend Retreats
- Remote Week Long Retreats
- Courses for Wellness Workers and Advanced Practitioners
- Online recordings/CDs/DVDs
- Yoga Therapy Props
The way I work:
Private, semi-private and remote programs are completely customized, intensive, collaborative processes between me and you. We will do a combination of goal-setting, movement work, reflection and feedback. Your involvement is expected and required. I have been doing this for a while now, and I can confidently say that people who invest their attention and commitment to their own healing get better way faster. Not only that, they flourish, rather than just surviving. This is inspiring to me, and so I commit fully to helping you, when you can commit to making the investment of time, energy and resources to work on your own wellness.
Please note, if you are looking for ad hoc sessions, or are less interested in looking at the larger picture of how your challenges fit into the pattern of your life, we may not be a good fit. But if you are inspired and ready to dive deep into your self-awareness, embark on a journey of self-discovery to help you lastingly address your challenges (be they physical, mental, emotional or spiritual), we should definitely start the conversation.
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