What is Yoga Therapy?
Is it new dimension of yoga? The answer is big NO.
Then what does Yoga therapy mean? There are many contemporary definitions of yoga Therapy. To define Yoga as Therapy it is very difficult because of the breadth and depth of the practice. Yoga is a complete path by itself. Nonetheless, for yoga therapy to be better interpreted and accepted, it is very important to have a reasonable and experimental definition. understand those without the experience of yoga in the past.
Yoga therapy adapts the principle of yoga, with the objective of achieving a particular physical or psychophysiological and/or spiritual goal. Based on a sophisticated understanding of the body’s mechanics, yoga therapy helps to regulate the body’s energy and brings ease to the affected body system.
Protocol designed are simply to maintain health and fitness, or to help with pain management, or for hormonal imbalance, fertility, chronic health problems and the list goes on.
What is involved in Yoga therapy?
Like physical therapy, yoga therapy extremely relies on a therapeutic relationship. This involves deep listening and which results in tailoring the practice for the individual need.
Yoga therapy is offered on one to one basis. Before the yoga therapy session,
A thorough case taking which involves asking questions about your medical history, past history, diet, stress, sleep and energy
In depth analysis of your breath, gait, posture
After the initial case taking, treatment plan will be established, the therapy session will most likely include the following
Asana(poses): During session Yoga therapist will teach ailment specific yoga posture Eg- Matsyasana (Fish pose) is used to open up the chest and very beneficial practice for breathing difficulties due to asthma. This practice helps body to a certain level of maturity and takes to the next level.
Pranayama (breathing technique): Series of breathing technique to balance the breath. Normally practiced after the posture practice
Kriya (cleaning technique): The hatha yoga cleansing processes have been placed into six groups of purification practices known as Shatkarmas, ‘Shat’ meaning six and ‘karma’ meaning action. They are described in the ancient texts of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gherand Samhita. Yoga therapist will teach the specific one.
Eg- Neti is one of the cleansing methods and used to cleanse the nasal passage and can find beneficial effect in allergy related health problem
Dhyana (Meditation technique): Posture, kriya and breathing technique prepare one’s body for the meditative state
Banda and Mudra (energy locks): Banda means lock or seal; we have three of them in the body. Anatomically speaking, these three important neuromuscular locks regulates changes in the intra-abdominal and intrathoracic pressures that affect abdominal and thoracic organ.
Yoga therapist carefully selects the Banda and incorporates into the practice.
Who can benefit from Yoga Therapy?
There are many reasons to choose yoga therapy session over the regular yoga classes
Here are some of the main reasons someone might like to take up yoga therapy session over regular yoga classes. Yoga therapy is a good choice for:
its ability to ease stress and promote relaxation
Way to cope with feeling of anxiousness
beneficial in reducing the inflammation and proven helpful in the management of back pain, arthritis, back and neck pain, fibromyalgia
Decrease the risk of heart disease and improve heart and circulatory function
As a therapy to change and enhance the way they feel, think and experience the life. using body as a tool to explore the inner nature of the self which is the ultimate result.
Its antidepressant effects
Promoting good quality of sleep
People who are looking for natural way to slow aging
Sounds right for me, how much it cost and what is included?
Your first visit includes Initial health consultation (30minutes) and an hour of Yoga therapy session $50, Total of $85.
Yoga therapy sessions are not available prior to initial health consultation.