About Yoga Therapy
Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity. — Robin Monro, Ph.D. Yoga Biomedical Trust (England)
To learn more about the subject, check out the book Yoga Therapy & Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, written by some of my teachers. It's a book I love and refer to often.
- Yoga or Yoga therapy is offered at 93 percent of 800 integrative medical centers, which combine western and alternative healthcare methods. — Cary Wing, executive director, Medical Fitness Association in Richmond, VA.
- The biggest differences between Yoga Therapy and Physical Therapy is the emphasis on breathing, concentration or "mindfulness," and sequencing. These all play a vital role in healing.
- Yoga Therapy offers a holistic approach to healing.
- Yoga Therapists can prevent injury, treat chronic pain, and offer rehab after acute pain.
- The Sanskrit word for Yoga Therapy is Yoga Cikitsa (Cha-kits ah)
Cikitsa = therapy, healing or medical; Krama (healing of the whole person).
- Yoga is non-secular, which means anyone can learn and benefit from it.
- Yoga has roots that are thousands of years old and is practiced all over the world.
- I will support you in making lifestyle changes to support your wellness goals.
Lifestyle changes may include:
- beginning a daily movement practice
- tracking water and food intake
- journaling exercises (on relationships, goals and dreams, lifestyle habits)
- implementing relaxation techniques into daily routine
- beginning a meditation or contemplation practice
- prescribed Yoga Rx Breathing Breaks
- monthly, seasonal, or annual check-ups with your Yoga Therapist