The benefits of doing YOGA and YOGA THERAPY
Yoga therapy is the beautiful process of empowering individuals to progress through yoga practice toward health, wellbeing and happiness. It can not only be preventive but also serve as a mean to manage illness, ailments and promote healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Yoga therapy is therefore holistic as it helps understand the importance of integration of mind, body and spirit to achieve optimum state of health. It uses traditional yogic concept such as physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, practice of mindfulness, guided imagery and visualisation. It also uses the Western medical and psychological knowledge.
Yoga therapy can be used as an adjunct therapy to complement other forms of treatment or it can be used to directly treat a specific issue. Yoga techniques can range from simple to advanced according to specific needs.
The intention of Yoga therapy is fundamentally focused on the client's needs rather than yoga methods and practices. The purpose is to understand the specific needs and determine what support can be provided in terms of reducing or managing symptoms, thus helping clients with their attitude towards their health conditions.
It uses a broad range of therapeutic modalities such as elements of Shiatsu, acupressure, QiGong, along with the use of traditional body postures (asanas), breathing exercises ( pranayama) , mindfulness and meditation.
All yoga tends to be therapeutic at a certain level and all the various lineages are wonderful in how they can benefit symptoms ranging from:
General muscular aches and pains
Chronic pain or conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue (ME)
Yoga practice is done in a peace-loving environment, opening a door to wholeness, clarity and healing using traditional yogic concept such as physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and mindfulness.