How Holistic Yoga Therapy Helped Me

How Yoga Therapy Helped Me

Moriah Diederich, Yoga Mojo

Holistic Yoga Therapist™, RYT500, Accessible Yoga Ambassador

Why do I teach Holistic Yoga Therapy to others?

I used to wake up in the middle of night with a burning sensation in my hips, unable to return to sleep. My right shoulder ached day and night, and I was often unable to sleep on that side because it hurt so much.

As much as I loved walking and hiking with my dog and hubby I had to take months off moving. I was even reduced to taking baby steps from my car to the office I hurt so much. And I was only 36 at the time.

How Yoga Therapy Helped Me

Me at 22 years old with my lovely hunch-back (kyphosis) in full effect. Please disregard the ugly pj’s. Carving pumpkins is dirty work you know. FUN FACT: With every one inch your head moves forward the weight of your head doubles. The average head weighs 10-12lbs. My head must be at least 40lbs here in this picture. My poor neck and shoulder muscles! Can anyone say headache?!

I’d love to blame my desk job on the pain I felt, but in truth, the problem wasn’t my career. One could say the rounding in my spine (kyphosis) that I developed as a teenager could be to blame. My parents even sent me to a chiropractor to help straighten me up. But my problem wasn’t something someone else could fix.

The problem was simple:

  • I had not learned how to align my body correctly (ie good posture).
  • I didn’t know how to breathe. (I mean – aren’t we born knowing how? If we didn’t, we’d cease to exist, right?)
  • Oh, and I stopped moving.

Mindful alignment

+ breath

+ movement


= better

So how did I learn these things? Enter Annie Adamson of Yoga Union Community Wellness Center. In my first Holistic Yoga Therapy session with her she taught me how to sit. And stand-up. Yes, something that I thought I knew how to do all these years became quite challenging because she made me use my core to sit up straight and the power of my legs to stand up. Utilizing Holistic Yoga Therapy she taught me how to be in better alignment, and new ways to move and breathe. And soon the aches and pains I had been so debilitated by began to subside.

I know now that how I felt was not due to getting old, but simply by how I carried myself all those years. The age-old adage of “use it or lose it” really is true. And the good news is that thanks to Holistic Yoga Therapy you don’t have to live with the headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain for the rest of your life.

You alone have the power to feel better. Let me show you how.


I am passionate about helping my clients learn how to realign themselves in order to breathe, move and live better. Please contact me if you would like to learn how to align yourself and move more to decrease your daily aches and pains. I’d love to help you feel better in your body!


Moriah Diederich is a certified Holistic Yoga Therapist, RYT500 and Accessible Yoga Ambassador, and has been featured on KGW8 Portland Today. She owns Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy in Vancouver, WA, where she offers holistic yoga therapy and private yoga classes customized for each client and their specific needs. Moriah is passionate about helping people move more comfortably on a daily basis with the energy to enjoy family, community and the world around us. She believes that every individual can benefit from yoga because the practice is accessible to everyone and teaches us how to sustain healthy movement for life. Moriah lives in Camas, Washington with her best friend and husband Bret Canfield and their two furry kids: a couch potato Pitbull named Rookie, and a sweet and sassy green-eyed cat named Evie.



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Call Moriah at Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy to learn yoga at (360) 833-0617

Moriah Diederich

Learn Yoga at Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy in a yoga class located at 108 SE 124th Avenue, Ste 18, Vancouver, WA 98684 serving all of Clark County and Portland, Oregon

Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy
108 SE 124th Ave, Suite 18
Vancouver, WA  98684


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Yoga Mojo & Movement Therapy is conveniently located off I-205 and Mill Plain and serves all of the Clark County, Washington area including Vancouver, Washougal, Camas, Felida, Salmon Creek, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, Hockinson and La Center.The second exit after the NB I-205 bridge, Yoga Mojo is also quick and easy to get to from Portland, Oregon. 

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