yoga + functional therapy

What is One-on-One Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga: Asana (posture), Pranayama (breathwork), deep relaxation techniques, and other mindful based practices. Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of physiological and psychological dysfunctions ranging from back pain to emotional distress, and truly helps by treating the client, not just the condition.

One-on-One Yoga Therapy also reaches the needs of the person with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a group class. Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga Therapist, carefully designs a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the condition in a multi-dimensional manner but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary method.

Yoga therapy
Therapy occurs in a private session, in a safe and comforting environment addressing specific health-related challenges, adapting poses, practices, functional movement, and modalities intended explicitly for you.

A Therapeutic consultation is designed to harmonize body, mind, and spirit to help you feel better from the inside out; results typically include the deep release of energetic blockages in the body and mind, as well as improved body alignment, better physical balance, improved joint mobility, and increased flexibility. Clients that receive regular treatments also report enhanced mental clarity, deeper sleep, greater endurance, and more overall enjoyment of life.

Private Yoga therapy sessions are individually tailored to accommodate specific needs, regardless of age, gender, health, flexibility, or physical fitness. Clients typically leave with instructions on a custom series of poses and practices that change according to the student’s progress.

Medical research provides evidence that yoga therapy is effective for many conditions and the Yoga Therapy practice at Black Mountain Yoga is proud that we receive referrals from many medical physicians in Western NC based on our professional therapeutic reputation, client’s experiences and results.

In a session where there is physiological pain or imbalance involved, the therapist will analyze your posture: stance in sitting, standing, sleeping and gait (walking). She or he will muscle test: testing strength to see what muscles are turned on, too active, not active enough, or what muscles might be not be responding at all. The therapist will explain, discuss, and correct your patterns of lifestyle regarding alignment. Poses, breath work, and pattern changes will be prescribed for you to do with the therapist in session and at home based on your specific needs.

Where there are needs for lifestyle shifts around psychological: thoughts, feelings, anxiety, depression, lack of focus, sleeplessness, agitation, or other emotional or mental conditions, the therapist will create a plan also recognizing patterns, imbalances, lifestyle and create a practice designed specifically to your needs.

In a session, you might experience and be prescribed one or more of the following: specific gentle & soothing postures, meditation, breathing practices, mantra, visualization, tapping, or other methods to interrupt thoughts and feelings by controlling and empowering the mind and body.

Yoga is a way of life and is the control of the mind on and off the yoga mat. We believe the “state” your physical body determines the state of your mind and the feeling of your being; therefore, you will more than likely be prescribed postures along with mindful based practices in every session. As Yoga is a lifestyle, not just a “one and done,”  your home or in-class practice and modifications are required.

Yoga therapy is a self-empowering practice where you will own the information from your session being empowered and enriched for life. Experiencing therapy with one of our highly trained Yoga Therapists makes it functional, safe, and sustainable because it is tailored to you and your condition. Though Yoga is a personal experience, sessions usually require follow-up for corrective and efficiency as you progress. The postures and practice might change as your body changes until you are painless, and physical balance and harmony are achieved.

  • Yoga Therapy can be practiced in conjunction with any medical treatments you are already receiving or in tandem with other complementary therapies.
  • No prior experience of Yoga is necessary before starting.
  • Each session will last approximately 1 hour and you will receive an email PDF of all the postures you did during your session with your therapist.

Have NO injury and simply want to refine your Yoga Practice or want to create a home or travel Yoga Practice?

One-on-one private yoga sessions are a great way to go deeper or learn about more how Yoga can help you. One of our best trained teachers or therapists will work with you depending on your needs. If you have a favorite teacher you prefer to work with, please request him or her.

yoga_therapy_black_mountainYoga therapy is applicable to a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • athletic injuries
  • back pain
  • chronic fatigue
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders
  • health challenges associated with aging
  • heart conditions
  • muscular skeletal conditions
  • needs for strength & endurance
  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • pain related to tight muscles

just to name a few common conditions



FREE 15 minute Yoga Therapy Consult

In this consultation, one of our Yoga Therapists will ask you about injuries previous and present; and find or help you set goals for your yoga journey.

She will give you modifications based on your needs for what you might find in a yoga class. She will help you evaluate which class or classes and teacher would be the best fit for you based on your goals and desires. She may also recommend 1-on-1 Yoga Therapy.

It is our desire that you have an exceptional, safe and therapeutic experience at Black Mountain Yoga.

Schedule your FREE 15 minute consult by phone (828-669-2939) email (, or at our front desk.


About the Yoga Therapists

martia-croppedMartia Rachman, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, is a dual-trained yoga therapist; with experience as a yoga instructor, counselor, and massage therapist/bodyworker. She combines her knowledge and skills as a therapist with her acumen as a master yoga instructor to offer a truly unique healing experience.


Katie Hay, C-IAYT, ERYT-200, RYT-500, is a trained yoga therapist who is an expert at applying the mind, body and spiritual practices of yoga for individual needs. She is adept at creating a unique practice tailored for each person, empowering clients to heal themselves.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or call the studio at 828-669-2939.

Children’s Yoga Therapy

Children’s yoga therapy occurs in a private 1-1 setting, using a specifically designed yoga therapy lesson plan.  The yoga poses are presented as visuals, on cards. The poses follow a sequential order from seated, hands and knees, standing, prone and supine.  Each pose is designed to create strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Included with the poses are breath work, yoga singing, songs, games, relaxation and visualization.

In a children’s yoga therapy setting, the therapist creates a sacred space for children to play, develop social skills, and establish a sense of calm.  Parents are encouraged to remain with their child during the therapy session, or in the class. Parents are invited to sit with their child and participate in class, observe within the studio, or remain in the lobby while the session, or class, is held.

Children’s Yoga Therapy is beneficial for a wide variety of needs, including:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Averting “meltdowns”
  • Balance
  • Body Awareness
  • Build Self-esteem
  • Calm and Energize
  • Emotional/Behavior Disorders
  • Enhancing Independence
  • Flexibility
  • Gross Motor Coordination
  • Mindfulness
  • Posture
  • Self-Calming Strategies
  • Self-regulation
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Speech/Language Development
  • Strength building

Each children’s yoga therapy session will last 45-60 minutes depending on the needs of the child. Your child will receive a personalized yoga therapy lesson plan, including visuals, to take home.

brandon-croppedCea Rubin, RYT-500, MSW candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, LMBT has shared yoga therapeutically with individuals and groups of all ages and of diverse cultures through a person-centered, empowering, and strengths-based approach. Her experience working with children includes sharing yoga practices with individuals and groups aging from early childhood through early adulthood diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and/or other behavioral issues; providing therapy and group sessions to adolescents in psychiatric residential treatment facilities, many if not all of whom have (C-)PTSD and attachment disorders; and teaching children’s yoga classes that are open to the public. Her playfulness, deeply empathic listening, and compassionate presence foster a therapeutic partnership that inspires goal achievement and healing self-realization.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or call the studio at 828-669-2939.