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The idea of yoga therapy is to empower individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. The tradition of yoga views the human system as a multidimensional structure that includes all aspects of body, breath, mind, intellect and emotion and their mutual interaction. Yoga is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions.
The practices of yoga include, but are not limited to, posture work (Asana), breathing practices, relaxation and visualisation techniques, meditation, mantra and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The application of these teachings in a therapeutic context support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client’s energy in the direction of desired goals.
This may include eliminating, reducing or managing symptoms that cause disease; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of underlying causes of illness, and may also help clients change their relationship to how they identify with their condition.
Today yoga therapy is informed by contemporary health sciences and continues to evolve and adapt to the cultural context in which it is practised. It is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.
In a typical first yoga therapy session a medical history will be taken. The body posture, simple movements and the breath may be observed and issues and concerns discussed. The practitioner will then plan and teach a practice tailored to the needs of the individual. A number of sessions are likely to be needed to confirm an appropriate practice.
Yoga therapy may be used to support many conditions, as diverse as, Osteoarthritis, postural issues, anxiety, depression, Fibromyalgia, ME, MS, breathing disorders, Parkinson’s disease, rehabilitation after some surgical procedures, among others. As you can see yoga therapy may be a very positive addition towards the well-being of many people and is very complimentary when coupled with other forms of therapy and modern medical practices.
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