SportsFit Physical Therapy & Fitness | Yoga | Santa Monica CA

Therapeutic Yoga

About Therapeutic Yoga:

SportsFit Physical Therapy's vision includes offering an array of treatment options in order to obtain the most optimized recovery. Yoga therapy is one form of therapeutic exercise that is used at SportFit to enhance the outcome of treatment for our clients. Individuals intending to return to a healthy yoga practice, ones requiring mobility, flexibility, and strengthening may be assigned therapeutic yoga exercises in order to better prepare for their future goals. Yoga therapy at SportsFit is performed on a one-on-one basis under the supervision of a doctor of physical therapy and with specific goals and intentions based on each individual's unique circumstances. Clients will learn to complete a yoga flow and are taught modifications based on their injury, and lean the proper way of performing poses and yoga techniques. At SportsFit, we believe that this individualized, supervised, and guided practice will allow our clients to safely return to a full yoga practice. If you intend to return to yoga and have had difficulty returning to your practice, schedule a session with a SportsFit yoga therapist.

Therapy is creating the reality of utilizing self knowledge in order to treat a source of impairment. Yoga therapy is applied to recover from injury and in order to maintain health. In yoga, healing occurs by movement and by promoting the flow or breath (prana). SportsFit yoga therapy sessions are offered one-on-one in order to assure proper form and to avoid common mistakes made when personal attention is not made in the practice of yoga. Yoga therapy leads to a better understanding of our unique body and to gain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. At SportsFit, our belief is that the body is not just matter, and in order to treat any dysfunction, a multi-disciplinary approach which, includes attention to the mind and the body, is required for a complete and optimized recovery.

Meet our Yoga Therapist:


Jen Lopes

Jen Lopes, CYT

Certified Yoga Therapist

Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. She worked in the music industry for 16 years before changing her career and life path to follow her passion in yoga therapy. Jen is originally from Massachusetts and has been living in LA for 8 years. She received her 200-hr teacher training certification from Shana Meyerson and Michelle Mazur, and obtained an additional 300-hr teacher training certification from Michelle Mazur. After completing her 500-hours of certification, she began teaching clients one-on-one. Jen’s greatest strength is her innate ability to connect with others and a vast capacity to empathize and work compassionately with people of different abilities and limitations. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, cross training, hiking, reading, meditating, and spending time with friends, family, husband and her dog Dharma. She takes a multi-dimensional approach to healing by incorporating many aspects of yoga including asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breath awareness), meditation, yoga philosophy and mantra (sound). All techniques are modified as necessary and offered in a gentle and compassionate atmosphere to meet her client’s unique needs and goals.

Treatment Philosophy:
Each human being is an integrated body-mind-spiritual system that can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance. I'm committed to guiding you through injury, illness and pain toward a life of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.