yoga therapy

What is One-on-One Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy combines yoga poses (asanas), breath work (pranayama), and other mindful based practices for your specific mental and physical conditions.

Therapy occurs in private sessions, addressing specific health problems and adapting poses and routines specifically for you. Yoga Therapy is a deeply relaxing and revitalizing form of therapy.

Designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit and 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 that change according to the student’s progress.

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
  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • reproductive health in women and men

Medical research provides evidence that yoga therapy is effective for many conditions.

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 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 will work with you depending on your needs.


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.