Yoga as most of us know it, acts prophylactically (preventatively) and curatively by default, with postures and movements releasing tensions, increasing flexibility, stimulating blood flow, and regulating hormones (releasing endorphins). More experienced Yoga practitioners understand regulation of breath will balance the physiology; slow the heart; lower blood pressure; calm excessive thinking and bring awareness into the body and mind stimulating healing energy (prana) to flow to the particular areas where required. When practiced mindfully, Yoga induces various stages of meditation balancing psychological and emotional wellbeing, and bringing intuitive guidance and understanding for a healthier and more harmonious life.
Unless an individual knows they have a prevailing condition or illness that Yoga can treat, the person rarely uses Yoga to treat a condition.
The goals of Yoga Therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing.
So what is Yoga Therapy?
In Yoga Therapy a Health Practitioner (Naturopath/ Ayurvedic Practitioner with Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga Therapist) prescribes Yoga postures, sometimes breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and/or meditation to stimulate the required healing response. It may be a hands on application of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, or simple Yoga instructions that the client can follow in a home based practice. Sometime mindfulness training will be applied to quiet a busy mind or specific breathing techniques used to manage anxiety or even a stress related asthma condition for example.
The applications of Yoga Therapy to treat illness and health conditions are endless. At its most basic level, Yoga is a prescribed holistic lifestyle system of health and wellbeing which originated in ancient times and has been continuously revised and updated until today. In India Yoga as Therapy is nothing new.
It doesn't stop there. Yoga Culture has a science around diet, nutrition, emotional wellbeing, lifestyle and ultimately Self realisation (meeting our fullest potential).
Who Benefits From Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a great treatment for a compromised nervous system. It can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension. It relieves tension, worry, fear and headache as well as depression. It regulates mood and gives feelings of pleasure and relaxation. Anecdotal experience has shown a regular daily Yoga practice can reduce the amount of drugs used to manage hypertension, diabetes and arthritis.
Yoga Therapy may also assist with the following conditions:
• Sleep problems
• Insomnia and Shift Work Disorder
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Calming an unquiet mind, induce rest.
• Removing fatigue
• Hypertension, lowering blood pressure.
• Promotes deep relaxation.
• Enhance your clarity and perception.
• Maintain health and enhance wellbeing
• Improve Immunity
• Manage sports injury
• Correct spinal alignment issues to name a few...
... see our Treatment schedule for more conditions