A foundational Yoga Therapy principle is that “it is all about relationship”. At IWT we understand that the effectiveness of therapeutic and individual efforts are noted when relationships begin improving. We strive to establish a nurturing, supportive and accepting environment in all of our sessions, respecting that each person has their own preferences, reasons and purpose -- and also that the therapeutic relationship strongly supports therapeutic effectiveness. Humans are social beings and emotional connectedness is at the basis of much of our physical and emotional well-being. Working with people across the life span, we see that when it comes to foundational needs, a sense of belonging supports esteem and self-actualization (according to Maslow’s hierarchy). At IWT, we use activities such as: individually-arranged social skills sessions, assertiveness training, dealing with anger in “choice moment”, as well as coaching on compassion and empathy.