yoga therapy with Karin Worthy

“Yoga provides something for everyone, and what each receives from it is different.” TKV Desikachar


Yoga therapy uses techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It can help those suffering from pain or stress or dealing with physical or mental trauma.

It can help cancer patients both before and after undergoing treatment. It can also help rehabilitation in the recovery of strength and confidence after major surgery or in dealing with a serious or chronic illness. Sufferers from asthma or arthritis can also benefit from yoga therapy.

The aim of yoga therapy is to:

 Strengthen the body, boost the immune system and promote good health

 Provide subtle benefits by focusing on the mind, the body or both in combination

Thus for someone suffering from back and or shoulder pain, we may initially address issues that relate to the body using appropriate yoga postures. But where pain is exacerbated by lifestyle and stress we would look to help the individual to alter the aggravating factors in their lifestyle that can help release tension.

Yoga therapy is normally done on a 1-2-1 basis, though it is possible to work with small groups who suffer from similar problems, using yoga therapeutically to address specific health needs.

How a yoga therapy programme works

An initial diagnostic session can be at your home or at the BoCo studio in Surbiton. It will include:

• A visual assessment of your body and how you move

• A comprehensive interview covering your current symptoms and priorities; any illnesses or injuries and their treatment; any medication you are taking; and your work/life balance.

• A physical session in which the therapist will work with you to assess your range of movement and where pain occurs, see how far you can move safely and without pain, and decide which yoga tools will best help you.

Your therapist will then design and work through with you a short daily yoga practice for you to do at home between sessions. This daily practice is vital - improvement comes from daily practice. You will be given a written copy of this practice.

After about a fortnight of daily practice you will meet again with the therapist to review your progress and practice. As you progress, your practice will be refined to meet your evolving needs and build on the improvement you have secured.

Once your practice is established, you will need to meet with your therapist monthly or every two months as appropriate, for as long as you feel that you need further help. In some cases you might also be recommended to attend an appropriate regular group class to help you progress.

About the teacher Karin Worthy Yoga Therapy

Karin is certified by British Wheel of Yoga (BWY)and the Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP), and registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a yoga therapist. She is now doing a 4-year advanced yoga therapy course that is taught by Dr N Chandrasenkaran (Dr NC), who was Head of Yoga Therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) for over 20 years and Colin Dunsmuir, who trained directly with TKV Desikachar in India and has run numerous teacher training programmes in the UK as well as being a member of The British Council of Yoga Therapy.


To find out how yoga therapy can help you, contact Karin on 020 8399 3930 or by email at


Why More Western Doctors Are Now Prescribing Yoga Therapy

The following extracts are from an article by Susan Enfield in Yoga Journal on 3rd February 2016“

With a growing body of research proving yoga’s healing benefits, it’s no wonder more doctors—including those with traditional Western training—are prescribing this ancient practice to their patients.

Yoga therapy is now recognized as a clinically viable treatment, with established programs at major health care centres, such as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, Cleveland Clinic, and many others. In 2003, there were just five yoga-therapy training programs in the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) database. Today, there are more than 130 worldwide, including 24 rigorous multi-year programs newly accredited by IAYT, with 20 more under review. According to a 2015 survey, most IAYT members work in hospital settings, while others work in outpatient clinics or physical therapy, oncology, or rehabilitation departments (and in private practice).

“In yoga therapy, we work on individuals, not conditions,” says McCall, a former internist who now trains yoga therapists with his wife, Eliana Moreira McCall, at their Summit, New Jersey, yoga therapy centre. That’s because patients often have multiple, overlapping conditions, he says: “For instance, we may work on back pain, but the client also ends up sleeping better and becomes happier.” Some therapists focus on physical mechanics, while others bring in Ayurvedic healing principles and factor in diet, psychological health, and spirituality to create a holistic, customised plan.

Yoga therapy utilizes poses, breathing techniques, and meditation to benefit and improve overall health. Led by yoga teachers who’ve received additional training to work with clients with various health conditions, the styles and formats differ widely, ranging from chair yoga in hospitals and elder-care facilities to small, focused therapeutic classes and one-on-one sessions.

Increasingly, yoga therapy is making inroads in conventional health care settings. At Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, Loren Fishman, MD, author of Healing Yoga, regularly uses yoga alongside traditional treatments to treat scoliosis, rotator cuff syndrome, and other neuromuscular problems. “Many physicians have come to appreciate the beneficial effects of yoga, says Fishman.”

The health care world’s increased acceptance of yoga therapy is partly due to a significant body of clinical research that now documents yoga’s proven benefits for a range of health conditions, including back pain, anxiety, depression, and insomnia, as well as its ability to help reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Yoga has even been documented as a way to alleviate the side effects of cancer treatment.

For the full article and for more information see yoga therapy


Studio Location

Boco Map2A yoga therapy session can be at your home or at the BoCo studio in Surbiton. BoCo is on the Esher side of Surbiton, minutes from Surbiton station and near to Kingston upon Thames, Esher, Claygate, Molesey, Hersham, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Chessington, New Malden, Hampton Court, Hook, and most parts of Elmbridge.

There is ample parking near the studio see map