What Is Yoga Therapy?
A Yoga Therapy approach is a complimentary system of health, not an alternative one. It supports and works in conjunction with any medical treatment, and we ask you to continue your personal health routine as suggested by your doctor or medical professional.
Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge.
It is a sequence of yogic practices sequenced to balance the individual, regardless of medical condition or diagnosis. You do not need to meet any requirements of flexibility, size, age, or health to begin a therapeutic process. All that is required of you is that you are open to working daily in your home to benefit from this therapy.
This approach adapts the various methods techniques of Yoga practice, known as tools, to address the individuals unique condition, needs and interests. Each practitioner receives guiding principles and a home practice to support the process of self-discovery, thus establishing genuine and lasting transformation/healing.
Traditional group Yoga classes are primarily concerned with personal transcendence, and designed for students to be able to move their body with ease and sufficient energy, whereas Yoga Therapy aims at the holistic treatment of any kinds of psychological or somatic (body) dysfunctions/conditions and will take into account any pain/strain/limitation of movement that might be present, as well as mental or emotional resistance and/or a history of trauma.
This range is extremely broad and can therefore address back pain to headaches, diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune, trauma, grief, emotional distress and anything in between if one considers the concept of health/wellness synonymous with balance. The human being is an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance; we use ancient yogic practices to heal and restore that balance, which when successful is synonymous with holistic wellness.
Medically speaking, we are supporting and strengthening the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system by toning the vagal tone with the pranayama practice (breathing), which in turn supports your homeostasis, healing and holistic wellness.