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Yoga therapy
What is yoga therapy?
What to expect in a session
How many sessions would I need?
What conditions does it help?
Is it safe to do yoga therapy alongside medical treatment?
The difference between a yoga teacher and a therapist

 

What is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy is a relatively modern discipline, created by combining traditional yoga with western medical science. By tailoring yoga practices to individual needs, whilst taking medical conditions into account, yoga therapy is more effective and safer than general yoga practice as a means of complementing medical treatment and providing relief from the symptoms.
Yoga contains some very powerful techniques of deep relaxation, on which many modern stress-management methods are based. It is in deep relaxation that the most profound healing takes place. In the restorative poses, you rest for several minutes in a supported version of a posture, allowing specific areas of the body to fully relax and open up. This frees deep, chronic tension, which we have often ceased to be aware of and can also enable unconscious memories and emotions to surface and be released.

What to expect in a session

The first visit begins with an assessment of your condition as outlined in the initial consultation.
Your will then be taken through a relaxation and awareness exercise followed by some simple yoga movements, postures and breathing exercises. These are selected as being most suited to your needs, body type, personality and goals. In some of them you will be actively moving on the breath and in others you will be still and consciously relaxing onto support while focusing on slow rhythmic breathing.
The postures strengthen, compress, stretch and open different areas of the body. This helps realign the structure and enhances circulation, nutrition and waste removal from the internal organs. They also rebalance the subtle energy channels (nadis /meridians).       
The breathing exercises help regulate your breathing, increase your lung capacity and energy levels, calm your mind and also act to balance your energetic system.
You will also be given a form of guided visualization and relaxation at the beginning and/or the end of the practice.

How many sessions would I need?

An initial consultation and session will determine whether yoga therapy is suitable for you. Then you would come for a series of 5 sessions, preferably weekly, but at least within a two month period. During these there is a process of exploration and discovery whereby we find the postures and techniques, which work best for you. From this your programme, is drawn up for you to take away, practise at home and keep as part of your own personal self-help kit. For some people this is all they require. Others continue for several successive series of sessions, building up a longer or more advanced programme, or return after a month or two to have it adjusted.

What conditions does it help?

Current medical research both in India and the West (Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, International Association of Yoga Therapists) is providing increasing evidence that yoga therapy is a useful and effective tool for helping treat many conditions.

These include spinal problems, herniated ('slipped') disc, scoliosis, degenerative and rheumatoid diseases, headaches, joint injuries and arthritis, high blood pressure, heart conditions, asthma and other breathing problems, digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, fibro-myalgia, infertility, menstrual disorders, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and depression.

Is it safe to do yoga therapy alongside medical treatment?

Yoga does not interfere with medical treatment. It works on cultivating integration of body mind and emotions and on balancing the subtle energy system. Thus it promotes the body's own innate healing mechanism. Yoga Therapy can be practised in conjunction with any medical treatments you are already receiving, and also in tandem with other complementary therapies. It is, however, essential to check with your doctor before embarking on a yoga therapy course and to inform any other health practitioner you are seeing.
No prior experience of yoga is necessary before starting.


The difference between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist

Yoga therapists are experienced yoga teachers, who have undertaken further training in western medical sciences and the specialist application of yoga to help alleviate medical conditions.

 

 
 
 
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