Barbara Gibson, E-RYT 500, Certified Viniyoga Therapist, M.S.
Barbara Gibson, E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist, has taught yoga since 1999 and has been a yoga practitioner for 24 years. Her early years of yoga practice and teaching focused on using yoga to calm the mind and strengthen the body through conscious movement and philosophical study. In 1999, she was involved in a car accident sustaining life-changing injuries including a traumatic brain injury, extensive neck and shoulder injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder that encouraged her to explore yoga applications to help her manage and recover from her injuries in conjunction with traditional therapies and led her to pursue therapeutic and individualized yoga. Since then, she has focused her practice and teaching within the Viniyoga lineage earning her ERYT-500 yoga teacher certificate in 2009, and in 2013, became a Certified Viniyoga Therapist through the American Viniyoga Institute recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Barbara views yoga therapy as a way to help people learn the art of living well with whatever arises in the moment that may influence our well-being and cause pain or discomfort whether structural, systematic, mental, or emotional. Through these practices, one learns to explore their condition creating an environment of recovery, healing, balance, and empowerment as the practices allow one to become intimately involved with their own self-care and evolution. In essence, yoga therapy helps one learn how to help themselves.
As a yoga therapist, Barbara believes that yoga therapy serves an individual by influencing their body, system, mind, emotions, and spirit and will offer adaptations as necessary to support comfort, safety, and function. Barbara’s knowledge of yoga and its therapeutic nature from her years of practicing and teaching helps her create practices that align with an individual’s specific symptoms and condition. Barbara offers practices that allow individuals to learn and care about themselves and how to use their practice to increase their well-being and become acquainted with a natural state of calm, clarity, and balance. Barb specializes in yoga therapy in 1:1 settings and in small groups to help those with structural conditions, chronic stress, chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and neurological conditions.