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Yoga Inspired Physical Therapy

If pain or stiffness is preventing you from moving freely, consider Yoga Inspired Physical Therapy.

In this ongoing weekly group physical therapy session, patients with pain or limitations from a previous injury will practice yoga while learning modifications to tailor the practice to their specific needs. Research shows that yoga can reduce chronic pain, in addition to many other health benefits.

This program is not meant to be long-term. Six sessions are recommended, although the length of the program varies by individual. The goal is to equip you with the tools needed to continue yoga confidently—whether at home or in the community. No previous yoga experience is required.

This program is:

  • Individualized (pace, intensity and modifications)
  • Education-focused
  • Evidence-based
  • Preparation for yoga practice in your community or home
  • A combination of classic yoga poses (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), and traditional western therapeutic exercise program

This program is not:

  • Competitive
  • "No pain, no gain"
  • Long-term

Program details

Who: Patients with chronic pain or previous injury

When: Ongoing weekly group physical therapy session held Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Participants may enter the class at any time. New participants should come 15 minutes early for orientation on their first day. Stay tuned for future sessions, as the scheduled day and time may rotate for future opportunities.

Where: Gundersen Onalaska Clinic, Lower Level, Education Center

Qualifications: A physical therapy evaluation within the past year or a referral. This program is not suitable for patients with acute injuries, disruptive behavior, uncontrolled blood pressure or open wounds.

Check in: Sports Medicine Physical Therapy check-in desk (in the Sports Physical Therapy Gym)

What to bring: Wear loose fitting clothing appropriate for exercise, water and a yoga mat, if you have one. Extra yoga mats are available, if needed.

To register, call Gundersen Sports Medicine at (608) 775-8600. Space is limited so sign up early to reserve your spot.

Experienced instructor

The program is led by Gundersen physical therapist Sadie Zebell who is also a certified athletic trainer and yoga instructor. She brings years of clinical experience, yoga teacher training and a deep understanding of individualized exercise programs.

Investment options

We are committed to lowering the costs of healthcare. Yoga Inspired Physical Therapy provides chronic pain relief at a price that is far lower than long-term medications, procedures and one-on-one physical therapy. Because the services are delivered to a group, we can deliver physical therapy services at a lower cost to you.

  1. Bill to insurance under group physical therapy.
  2. *Pay cash ($30/class) upon check-in.
    *Medicare and government insurance policies prohibit use of a cash-pay option; thus, patient with insurance of this type will need to use the health insurance option.

We have financial counselors who can also help. Call (608) 775-8915 for assistance.

Frequently asked questions

What if I'm not flexible? Flexibility, like other physical characteristics is highly variable. Our instructor can help make the postures accessible to you.

I've tried physical therapy before and found it too hard to stick to my exercises. How is this different? Twenty million Americans practice yoga. The reason it works so well for so many is because of all of the different ways it can be done. For some, joining a studio or committing to an ongoing class provides the accountability to build a habit that sticks. For others, using a video provides the structure. We can help you figure out how to make yoga an enjoyable part of your lifestyle.

I already go to yoga. Why would I do this program? If you enjoy yoga, that's great! If it hurts a great deal when you do yoga, that's not so great. It can be hard to know what pains are acceptable and positive, and what pains represent tissue irritation. This program can help you individualize and fine tune your yoga practice.

How long should I participate in this class? The class is ongoing. Most participants find six sessions to be a good entry point to their own yoga practice, but it varies by person.

Why isn't this class meant to be long-term? There are many well-established yoga classes in the community and online. This program is not meant to replace these resources. Instead, the program offers the tools that people with chronic pain need to participate in yoga classes.

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