Interview with Prerna Ramanathan, C-IAYT

Update Post-Graduation from YTI

Since graduation, Prerna has completed a two-credit course about the Essentials of Yoga Tradition and Philosophy, as taught by the Indica Academy. She teaches full-time, offering only one-to-one sessions, and has been teaching remotely since 2021. She practices in and works from her personal space at her home. Currently, in her own time, she’s studying a book called Yoga Therapy by A. G. Mohan and Indira Mohan, and she’s also learning from the paid videos of the SYTAR 2022.

Yoga Therapy Specialization

When asked whether she now specializes in certain conditions as a Yoga Therapist, Prerna said, “I see students who require posture correction, lower and upper back muscle strengthening, and breath regulation. Recently, I’ve begun specializing in anxiety reduction and coping and in gut health conditions, such as IBS, that are related to the well-being of the nervous system.

Working with Others

When asked about whether she works with agencies or part of a multidisciplinary team, Prerna told us that she works with a physiotherapist who’s part of a board of therapists called The Physical Health Consultants. She clarified, “I work with him part time — only as and when he needs yoga for his clients.”

Future of Yoga Therapy

We asked Prerna how the roles of Yoga Therapists within the health and wellness fields will evolve over the next five years. She shared, “I see myself working more in yoga for mental health and well-being as there’s been an alarming rise in anxiety and depression in India. Now that there’s substantial research on the positive effects of yoga and spirituality in our lives, I believe that Yoga Therapists will be in greater demand. I also see a scope of collaboration between yoga and other therapy modalities in the near future.”

Yoga Therapy: Important Aspects and What Could Change

Finally, we asked Prerna what aspects of yoga therapy are important to her and what would she change. Prerna explained, “Yoga Therapy provides a practice for each of the PanchamayaKosha-s or layers of human existence. It also strives to balance out the three Dosha-s that are in constant play so that we can experience a better quality of living.” She believes that “we, as teachers and students, could benefit from longer periods trainingto absorb and imbibe the learnings before beginning the process of sharing.”