What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy addresses specific health conditions and life challenges through safe, informed, and precise application of the most relevant and effective yoga practices tailored to each individual’s capacities, health concerns, and wellness goals. Yoga therapy comprises a wide range of mind/body practices from breathing and relaxation exercises to postural and meditation techniques. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of mind/body practices to support healing and to stimulate an optimum state of physical, emotional, and mental health.
The long-term goals of Yoga Therapy include:
- reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- identifying maladaptive movement patterns and thought patterns
- fostering positive neuroplasticity
You will be guided through the process of listening to how your body feels and, unlike a traditional yoga class, you will be able to work directly with a teacher to help you explore your relationship with yoga and work toward your personal goals with precision.
Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for many ailments. An exciting and emerging field in wellness, self-care, and disease prevention, Yoga therapy endeavors to support and strengthen the whole person. Initiatives like Dr. Dean Ornish’s Lifestyle Program recognize the value of yoga as a powerful therapeutic tool to shape healthier lifestyle habits, bring balance to the body, mind and emotions, and provide relief and accelerated healing for acute and chronic physical and psychological health conditions.
If you can breathe, you can do Yoga. Yoga is not a fitness program or the ability to fold your body into a pretzel. You don’t have to be flexible to do Yoga. The Sanskrit word Yoga—from yujir: to yoke, to unite—means ‘the human journey toward wholeness’. The philosophy and practices that make up the healing system of yoga provide us with the tools and inspiration we need to feel at peace in our bodies, hearts, and minds.