Yoga Therapy

Therapeutic Yoga*

Health care providers are referring their clients to yoga and meditation classes in order to address health challenges in record numbers; however, most yoga classes are not appropriate or safe for these specialized populations.  Therapeutic yoga is not just another “style” of yoga – it an approach to health and healing that skillfully blends the ancient teachings of Yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda with the wisdom embodied in much of today’s medical knowledge.  It is intended to empower each person facing challenge in their lives (physical and emotional); providing them with individualized programs that support increased function, ease and joyfulness. Therapeutic Yoga can either take place in private sessions or small group settings.  It can be a valuable and holistic complement to one’s current medical regime.

Yoga Therapy can be helpful for those with the following conditions:

Low Back painStrokeHigh Blood PressureAnxiety
Joint replacementsMSDiabetesDepression
Chronic painTraumatic brain injuryAsthmaStress

What can you expect in a private session?

You will meet with the therapist, who will talk with you about your medical history, level of function and goals for yoga therapy.  With this information in mind, the therapist will observe your movement and breathing patterns and will begin to create a personalized plan that is specifically created to optimize function and ease.  This personalized plan will include yoga postures, meditation techniques, breathwork, and/or the use of sound.  Your practice will continue to evolve as your body feels ready and as you build experience.  The ongoing relationship with your yoga therapist allows you to adapt your program based on your changing needs and goals.  Please note that you will see the best results if you use your personal practice plan at home between sessions.

The “goal” of yoga therapy is not to “cure” or “fix”; in fact, in many situations a cure may not be possible.  However, therapeutic yoga and meditation allow us to skillfully explore where potential is available and optimize well-being AS WELL AS meet that which is “unchangeable” with a lighter and more easeful heart.

How many sessions will it take?

In some cases, the sessions take place weekly for a few months; others might meet with the yoga therapist more intermittently (one or two times a month) over a longer period of time.  This depends on your level of ability, goals, general health and other factors.  Yoga Therapy is a process and a partnership between student and teacher; often it takes some “testing of the water” to develop your personalized practice.


Jane McQueen, B.S. M.A. E-RYT 500, CYT

Seeking relief from lower back and knee pain, Jane’s life was transformed through yoga over 11 years ago. “My personal experience with the potential healing power of yoga placed me on a path that has dramatically improved my overall health and happiness. As a breast cancer survivor my daily practice has brought peaceful relief in the midst of daily changes”. Jane McQueen is currently working as a yoga therapist, providing a complementary therapeutic support for individuals with a variety of issues and illnesses, physical, mental, and emotional. Her work empowers people to manage their current condition, reduce suffering and to attain optimal wellness.

Jane is also on the faculty at the Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne, NY, teaching beginner/mixed level yoga classes as well as instructing students in the Teacher Training Program at both the 200 and 500 hour level.  Her accreditations include:  certified Yoga Therapist by The American Viniyoga Institute, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (500 Hour Level), B.S. in Physical Education, and a M.A. in Health Education.


One-on-one, appointment only, sessions with Jane will be offered at the Yoga & Polarity Center during the following hours:
Mondays 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesdays 1:30-4:00pm

Other dates and times may be available to meet your needs.
To schedule an appointment, call Jane at (516) 596-9308.

Therapeutic Group classes

Therapeutic classes adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a regular group class. The goals of a group Yoga therapy program are not only to teach the techniques of Yoga, but also to invite students to experience a healing process within a community.

Monday 12:00-1:20PM in OM Studio
Wednesday 12:00-1:20PM in Prem Studio

Click on the OM Studio Schedule or the Prem Studio Schedule for full details.

*For those interested in becoming Yoga Therapists, our new 800 Hour Yoga Therapist Teacher Training Program starts on January 14, 2016

An informational meeting is scheduled for October 29, 2015 at 7pm. For more information on the program, go to or call Heather Principe at (516)662-7878.