People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including Yoga in their treatment plan.
What is Yoga Therapy?
A Dynamic Balance of Body Systems!
The path of Yoga is a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of Yoga: awakening of Spirit, our essential nature.
Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it.
Yoga Therapy is typically conducted one-on-one, addressing the needs of the individual.
It is an intervention for many conditions, including back pain, stress, and depression.
In general, it can help improve quality of life, but does not treat disease.
It is restorative, promoting balance to the 12 systems of the body.
Yoga Therapy is:
Assistance in yoga postures
Breathing & Relaxation techniques
Working in specific areas of the body
Benefits of Yoga Therapy
People who wish to slow aging and improve their health. Yoga therapy can give you the tools to deepen body awareness and increase the health of your body from its most subtle level of functioning.
Yoga poses is an observation of each pose and executed slowly with balance and concentration. Asanas, (postures) work on all the systems of the body, making the spine and joints supple.
It tones the muscles, glands and internal organs. Yoga asanas must be executed with proper breathing. It also contributes to spiritual growth and improves the quality of life. Apart from increased flexibility in the muscles, chronic health conditions are treated and cured through the practice of yoga.
How is Yoga Therapy different than a yoga practice?
In a Yoga Therapy session you will explore the journey to the pose. It isn't about the pose itself. But an exploration in finding the sensations in your own body, increasing your awareness of the sensations and learning how to work through it.
It is primarily "finding the body through the pose, not finding the pose through your body"
The breath work becomes a focus as it is the bridge between mind and body.
Elements of Yoga
"The roots that reach down into the earth find the nutrients necessary for the growth and survival of the tree. Because of this rooting this nourishment from the earth, the top of the tree has the capacity for expansion as the leaves and flowers of the tree are exposed to air, sunlight and open sky..
Without the stability and nutrients that roots provide, the expansion at the top of the tree is not possible, and without the expression of life in the upper part of the tree, there is no point to the rooting; with no inspiration to grow, the desire to push through the soil and root is not stimulated, the two patterns need each other intimately. It is said that in the heart of prana is apana, and in the heart of apana is prana. They are like two lovers, inseparable.
Inner breath, the prana, is considered to be the bedrock of all sensation, feeling and thought, the medium through which all experience within the body presents itself".
...."Mirror of Yoga"