Yoga Therapy

What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is a uniquely ancient and therapeutic approach that can address a broad range of physical, mental and emotional concerns. Yoga therapy involves the process of adapting yoga very specifically to the various needs of an individual.

Yoga therapy is a multidimensional approach tailored to the whole person which utilizes the disciplines of structural and therapeutic yoga, breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques. Lifestyle factors are taken into account. Yoga therapy empowers the individual to feel comfortable in their own body and requires active participation in their therapeutic plan.

Yoga therapy can be applied for a wide range of physical and mental-emotional conditions and can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment or healing. Yoga therapy complements medical treatment and is not a substitute for clinical care. Practicing yoga daily can help alleviate everyday tensions, stresses and ailments.

What is a Yoga Therapist?

A yoga therapist guides individuals on the road to wellness. A yoga therapist has had extensive training in yoga and works one-to-one to create the most appropriate yoga health plan based on the individual’s specific needs. A therapeutic environment is created to facilitate each session. A yoga therapist continually assesses and monitors the individual’s process and provides appropriate feedback.

What is a yoga therapy session?

A yoga therapy session focuses on setting personal goals. Three consecutive sessions are recommended as follows:

1. The first session is for assessment and consultation.
2. By the second session, the yoga therapist has designed an appropriate practice and it is taught to the student.
3. The third session focuses on fine-tuning the practice through question and answer.

After these three initial visits, bi-weekly or monthly sessions will follow for practice refinement and maintenance.

Benefits of Yoga Therapy

There are two types of benefits to yoga therapy. One is preventive and another is curative. The yogic exercises cleanse the body, mind and spirit by eliminating toxins from the body.
  • Balances and detoxifies all the physiological systems of the body
  • Alleviates daily stresses and tensions
  • Aids in overall flexibility and strength
  • Improves concentration and attention span
  • Develops balance, coordination, postural alignment and general body awareness
  • Good for addictions, depression, anger, anxiety and various psychological ailments
  • Good for weight reduction, pain management and various physiological symptoms
  • Improves self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-confidence and overall vitality
  • Assists in positive changes in mood and balances the mind  
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