Yoga Therapy III – Therapist Prashant Patel

As mentioned in my last blog, Saakalya recommended Prashant, a yoga therapist, to one of our clients. I initally met Prashant during a workshop about yoga and back pain, where he talked about the reasons for pain and how it can be treated through yoga therapy.

Prashant has credentials from the well-establisted institution SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Centre), the famous Yoga University in Bangalore, India. Besides being a yoga therapist, he is a yoga instructor, SMET (Self-Management for Excessive Tenstion) Instructor and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with more than 20 years of experience.

Prashant welcomes all kind of patients with different health challenges. Recently he treated not only back pain, but also anxieties, depression and other medical conditions.

As a traditional Yogi, his focus is on re-establishing balance in the patient’s body, through strengthening and stretching the muscular structure. He combines relaxation and meditation, supported by sound therapy. His voice is exceptional; I could feel the sound in my body with a nice relaxing effect.

What makes Prashant special?

For yoga therapy, a good understanding of psychology and body language is necessary. Only 30% of the problems are articulated. The rest is found out by observation, smelling and feeling. According to Prashant, it is the participant’s body language that shows him all the unspoken and unaware pain points. After the first session, which is mainly to get to know the participant, he can start with the therapy and yogi counselling as well. It comprises making the participant aware of their complete set of issues and find ways on how to address them. His style is very cautious, diplomatic and non-intrusive. It’s done in a very quiet and observational manner. By using a heeling pen to correct postures and to show the participant the areas of the body, he does not even need to touch the participant.

How did he get into therapy?

Back in the corporate world (he is a trained IT engineer) people shared their issues with him. When reflecting back to his college days, he was always asked for advice. As talking on its own does not help, and practice is the most important, he decided to embark on the helping and counselling road over 20 years ago.

Some observations from Prashant about him becoming a yogi as well as seeing changes in his participants are worthwhile sharing.

The more you practice yoga authentically, the more you lose the attachment to world’s physical things. You see the bigger picture and get detached from the material world. Another side effect is appetite that will decrease, because the body is more in balance and the participant learns how to recognize the signals of the own body.

Not everyone can become a good therapist. It requires being able to handle disease, to listen carefully and to take back your own ego. It is about offering choices to the participant and not imposing the own ideas.

Prashant’s favorite comparison of yoga therapy is with cooking: from reading a recipe, you will not still your hunger, you actually need to cook. And buying any ingredients does not serve the purpose of creating a delicious meal. The ingredients need to be fresh and good as well. Lastly you need to try the recipe more than once to get a perfect dish.

The same with yoga therapy. Reading a yoga therapy book is not good enough. The training needs to come from a good school. But training is not sufficient to do therapy. It is frequent application of the knowledge and the heart put into the process to create an excellent outcome.

If you are interested in experiencing excellent results for a yoga therapy yourself, give Prashant a try!

To arrange an appointment, please email to yoga@saakalya.com.

Prashant.