Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.
Yoga and yoga therapy do seem and sound similar. All yoga is therapeutic to some degree. But not every teacher, class, or practice would be considered yoga therapy. The main difference between the two is that a yoga therapist applies the techniques of yoga with knowledge about a specific problem, experience, and intuition to help alleviate that problem (whether it’s physical, mental, and/or spiritual). Yoga therapy is a part of the broad, deep path of yoga and especially suitable for anyone with aches and ailments.
Essentially, yoga therapy is the application of yoga practices to alleviate physical and mental health conditions with the view of promoting self-care and encouraging overall well-being. Whilst the practice of yoga in general aims to cultivate the body and mind and hence has the potential for therapeutic effects, in yoga therapy we are using specific yoga practices and their known benefits to help alleviate or improvement mental and physical ailments.
Differences between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session
In any common Yoga class, including classes for individuals or groups of people with specific conditions (include yoga for pregnant women, yoga for heart patients, and yoga for cancer survivors) the intention is to teach these students how to practice yoga while respecting their health conditions
In a Yoga therapy session the intention for individuals or groups with specific conditions changes. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence. Therapists will often focus on the specific symptoms that trouble their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms
The Yoga therapy clients, they are usually not coming to learn yoga, but to get help with or relief from some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice.
While Yoga teachers focus on teaching various yoga methods in a correct and appropriate way, Yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs.
How is Yoga Therapy Used?
Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.
Yoga therapy aligns the unique and precise health needs of the client with yoga practices, which the yoga tradition and also medical science find to have particular curative effects. For example, with lower back pain, there are very specific yoga positions and postures for strengthening and supporting the back and even soothing the symptoms of a herniated disc. Likewise, with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are gentle, specialized ways of regulating the nervous system and fostering the return of an awareness of the body. Sessions may include breathing techniques, postures, meditation, relaxation techniques, or the promotion of behavioural changes.
Yoga Therapy helps to move easy into the body
In Yoga Therapy we work with people with a wide variety of health challenges, using the same tools or techniques that Yoga offers, to modify specific health conditions, behaviors, to increase mobility and balance, to create better patterns that could increase the quality of life. Yoga Therapy can help not only in physical conditions, such as back pain, shoulder or knee injury, pelvic floor dysfunction but also disorders as insomnia, depression, autoimmune disease, addiction, obesity, cancer support, and more. Yoga Therapy meets people where they are, supporting individual healing and wellness needs. Yoga Therapy can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
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