Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is offered in individual and group session lasting 90 minutes per session and designed to treat specific forms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and pain using evidence-based Yoga practices. Patients learn to apply breathing practices or Pranayama, meditations, mantras or use of sound, active, poses or Asanas, and restorative poses to find an inner sense of peace, balance, and strength. Borrowing from the sister science of Ayurveda, Yoga therapy also teaches lifestyle and dietary changes in order to balance one’s individual constitution or Dosha type to maintain wellness and to prevent relapse. Most patients completing the classes have acquired the skills needed to establish an inner sense of calm or to increase energy if needed to deal with various challenges in life.

Yoga therapy involves an individual assessment to evaluate postural alignment, movement patterns, health history, and to determine your specific mind-body type in order to apply the correct active poses, breathing techniques, meditations, mantras, and restorative poses for your condition.

This class teaches emotional regulation and cultivation of equanimity using the practices of yoga including breathing techniques, meditation and asanas. It is designed to help fashion an in-home practice that will allow you to build and maintain a “base of calm” in your life. Learn to establish a “pause” between “stimulus and response” and live in the “pause”.

  • Learn 4 major types of meditation practice and how to apply them when OCD, pain, depression or anxiety symptom are present.
  • Learn specific breathing practices to energize, calm, and center to reduce fatigue, insomnia and anxiety.
  • Learn asanas or poses that synchronize breath with movement and improve balance, flexibility, strength and energy.
  • Learn the science behind each of the practices and how they work in the body and the brain to promote wellness, resilience, and longevity.

This class can be used as a preparation for EMDR processing of trauma memories as you will acquire the self-soothing skills needed to maintain “a base of calm” between therapy sessions.

Class meets twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, from 5:45pm-7:15pm for 10 sessions (5 weeks). This class starts on and runs through to the last class on. The cost for the class is $190.

An Individual Yoga Therapy Assessment is also recommended for those seeking specific treatment for depression, pain, or PTSD. This assessment involves a mind-body or Dosha diagnosis, assessment of postural alignment, range of motion, and breathing pattern. The results of this assessment are used to make individual recommendation for asanas, breathing practices, dietary changes, mediation practice, and lifestyle changes to balance your mind body type and maintain wellness. This assessment is 90 minutes and costs only $75 if enrolled in the class.

This class is taught by Dr. Dennis Pelon PhD, C-IAYT. Dr. Pelon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience. You can register for this class by calling Lauren at 517-882-3732 ext. 134. Space is limited.

This class teaches active poses (Asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), mediation, diet, and lifestyle changes known to increase longevity and brain wellness. Cognitive changes and memory loss often begin in the late 40s and early 50s, but cognitive decline is not a part of normal aging. In fact, research has shown that cognitive decline can be prevented, halted and even reversed by implementing the 4 pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention ( Western Medicine and Big Pharma have focused on a “silver bullet” approach to cure a condition that is now known to be a multifactor degenerative process. Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has identified the 4 major factors responsible for cognitive decline. This class teaches what we can do to address each of these 4 factors. Some written and didactic information is provided in addition to the yoga practices.

This 5-week class consists of two 90-minute sessions per week Monday and Wednesday 5:45pm-7:15pm. The class package is $224. This class is appropriate for persons over 40 who are concerned with changes in their cognitive function and/or have been diagnosed with a Mild Neurocognitive Disorder. Persons taking this class must have capability to transition from floor to standing, balance and safe movement transitions are taught as part of the class, but basic strength is needed. For those without enough strength, Individual Yoga Therapy or Physical Therapy are options before attending class.

This class is taught by Dennis Pelon, PhD, C-IAYT. Dr. Pelon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience. He is also a Certified Yoga Therapist with 7 years’ experience teaching therapeutic Yoga and a Certified Brain Longevity Specialist (ARPF). Register for this class by calling Lauren at 517-882-3732 ext. 134. Space is limited.

Individual Yoga Therapy is provided for those experiencing pain or who wish to build a more individualized home practice. Some may also wish to start slow and first obtain a thorough individual assessment before taking classes. Individual Yoga therapy is provided as a 4-session minimum for $300. The first session lasts 90 minutes and includes a range of motion, a postural assessment, a body scan, body mapping, and Dosha assessment or assessment of constitution type in order to guide the treatment effort. This information and input from the patient are used collaboratively to develop a consensus treatment plan. An active pose or Asana, a breathing practice, a meditation, and Mantra as well as a restorative pose are taught in the first session. Homework assignments are also given to practice in between sessions, and the patient is asked to research their Dosha type or mind-body type. The remaining sessions lasts 90 minutes and can be scheduled weekly or biweekly there after until the treatment goals are attained.


Whether you desire to workout your physical body, to heal your emotional body, to release the chatter in your mind or to let go of stress, Nia can deliver! Nia classes will give you a total body workout from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Make new friends and discover how to move your body’s way with Nia workout.

Our Nia Instructor
Barb Starling
Barb Starling is a Nia Brown Belt teacher who has been sharing Nia in the Lansing area since 2005. Barb is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has her therapy practice here at Lansing Institute of Behavioral Medicine.

Space is held in Barb’s Nia class for authenticity, playfulness, fun, healing, and creativity.  It is her desire that you learn to move with ease and pleasure in your body in a non-judgemental atmosphere.  Barb is excited to offer classes geared toward an alternative way to heal your body, mind, and spirit.