Yoga therapy

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of these teachings and practices in a therapeutic context in order to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client/student’s energy in the direction of desired goals.The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing. 

Alisha completed her 1000 hour Yoga Therapy program in April 2017 and is a certified Yoga Therapist, her goal is to help bring awareness to the healing potential of Yoga Therapy and bridge Yoga with Healthcare. This ancient form of medicine is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.

Private sessions can be booked with Alisha and a group practice is offered Monday's at 9:30am in La Jolla at the Shiley Fitness Center, located within Scripps Integrative Medicine Clinic, drop-in fee of $15. Mats and props are provided

Alisha’s knowledge, warmth and commitment are hallmarks of her dedication tot he practice of yoga. She offers guidance in achieving proper alignment for every pose all the while emphasizing the importance of being aware of one’s breathing. This particular guideline has been extremely beneficial in achieving greater range of motion and flexibility. With each class, Alisha offers interesting and informative yoga insights that are both therapeutic and energizing. I’ve found Alisha’s instruction extremely beneficial and motivating. In my daily at home yoga practice I’ve incorporated several of her poses that target my trouble spots. Her insights and and guidance have been significant. It is always with great joy that I look forward to the next class with Alisha.
— Ari Magoulias

Public Class Schedule

Monday 9:30 am Gentle Yoga - Shiley Fitness Center, La J0lla

Tuesday 5:15 pm Vinyasa - Shiley Fitness Center, La J0lla

Thursday 5:15 pm Vinyasa - Shiley Fitness Center, La J0lla

($15 drop-in rate, first class free)

 

Adaptive yoga

Adaptive yoga strengthens the connection between the mind and the body, therefore it's a healthy practice for all abilities. Benefits would include increased flexibility, greater sense of balance, increased strength, mental clarity, and overall well-being. The adaptive classes/privates led by Alisha are for individuals living with mobility disabilities, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, severe spinal cord injury, severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy. In addition to her 17 years of yoga studies, Alisha has received an Adaptive Yoga teacher training certification from Matthew Sanford. She has been teaching adaptive yoga for over 10 years privately, in group classes and on retreats.

Individual instruction is a great way to learn the practice of yoga. This session can include family members and/or caregivers. Individual sessions are beneficial as a complement to group class or if participation in group classes is not possible. These sessions allow the teacher to customize instructions and poses to specific conditions and are helpful for developing a home practice. Contact Alisha if you'd like to start a home practice, funding can be made possible for those that qualify through The Chanda Plan Foundation

If you are in the San Diego area private instruction is available, depending on location and availability.

Interested in trying a group class....  there is FREE monthly community class held @                                                                                                                                                 Challenged Athletes Foundation   (check schedule, typically 1st Saturday of the month)                                                                                                                                                         9591 Waples Street                                                              
San Diego, CA 92121                                                             

Cancellation (must be notified 24 hours prior to scheduled appt. to avoid $50 cancellation fee)

I’ve been paralyzed from the waist down for over 30 years but have been enjoying the benefits of yoga for only two years. So, imagine my joy when I recently discovered Alisha Welch and her superb knowledge and skill in adaptive yoga!! Alisha is wonderful at transferring her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and yoga to people with mobility and other impairments. I feel truly blessed to be her student and wish only that everyone in my situation could have the opportunity to benefit from her warm spirit and masterful skills as a yoga teacher.
— Robert Roark M.D.