What is Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy cultivates body/mind integration and a sense of harmony with life. It promotes the innate healing resources of the body, helping restore the proper functioning of the various bodily systems.

Yoga therapy is applicable to a great variety of conditions, including anxiety, low back pain, arthritis, hypertension, heart conditions, hyperventilation, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Restoration of the body/mind to its fundamental state of well-being, ease and alertness is the ultimate goal of implementing yoga into your lifestyle. Yoga can heal, strengthen, stretch and relax the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, glandular and nervous systems.

Yoga can heal, strengthen, stretch and relax the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, glandular and nervous systems.

Yoga Training consists of a combination of:

  1. Physical postures: Yoga postures (asanas) are the tools used to gently stretch and strengthen groups of muscles resulting in improving mobility, flexibility, respiration, and circulation as a system of complex actions. Postures have an affect on muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, internal organs and smooth muscle glands. These postures train the body on stability, alignment, motor sequencing, and mental focus. There is coordinated action between muscles and joints creating muscle tone and control, and mental focus incorporated with the breath control. This combination of postural position and breathing connects with the autonomic nervous system.
  2. Breathing techniques: Yoga breathing exercises can be practiced anywhere and at any time. Awareness of the breath is central to all forms of yoga and promotes calmness by focusing the mind, calming the nervous system, resulting in relieving stress and mental fatigue.
  3. Relaxation methods: Learning how to relax is a central element of Yoga as therapy. Relaxation is the body’s way of recharging, and it helps to ease physical and mental tension. Relaxation techniques encourage us to step back and look objectively at our habitual patterns of behavior, helping us to cope better with situations that put our body and mind under strain.

Yoga Therapy starts with very simple exercises. You can begin to practice yoga and benefit right away, even if you have never done yoga before. Commencing with stretching and breathing exercises, students gradually progress in stages to a working knowledge of yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and relaxation practices. Yoga Therapy retains the ancient principles of yoga, and works holistically at all levels of the mind and body.

You can begin to practice yoga and benefit right away, even if you have never done yoga before.   Yoga Therapy retains the ancient principles of hatha yoga and works holistically at all levels of the mind and body.

Yoga serves the body in the following ways:

  • Relax and refresh after daily activities
  • Enhance quality of life and improvement of relationships
  •  Increase attention and focus in children and adults
  •  Improve in personal and professional productivity
  •  Reduce stress and stress-related problems
  • Stabilize mental and emotional challenges – depression, anxiety, etc.
  •  Alleviate a wide range of physical ailments – back pain, arthritis, etc.
  • Help in the recovery from illness – post surgery, injuries, etc.
  • Maintain vitality from youth through old age
  • Support women through many life changes, including PMS, pregnancy, and menopause

Some of the physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Decreased pulse rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased respiratory rate, increased respiratory efficiency
  • Normalized or improved endocrine, gastrointestinal and excretory functions
  • Improved posture
  • Improved joint range of motion
  • Normalized weight
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased immunity
  • Decreased pain
  • Improved balance

Some of the mental and emotional benefits include:

  • Improved cognitive function and concentration
  • Improved learning efficiency
  • Improved memory
  • Stress relief
  • More energy
  • Ability to relax at will

Yoga is able to integrate new levels of functionality resulting in a more balanced and positive lifestyle.

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