What is Yoga Therapy?
According to one of the great masters of yoga therapy from the 1900s, TVK Desikachar
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”
Why chose Yoga Therapy?
Research has proven there is a clear and direct link between body and mind, however for those experiencing a particular health concern it is common for interventions to focus on just the body or the mind. Yoga Therapy is a multi-dimensional, mind-body approach to healing. It addresses physical, psychological and emotional imbalances that occur as a result of various physical and /or mental health conditions.
A tailored yoga therapy programme is created by aligning the unique and precise health needs of the individual, with evidence-based yogic practices, which both yoga AND medical science have found to have a positive effect.
Sessions may include: breathing techniques, postures, meditation, relaxation techniques, or lifestyle advice.
What is the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?
Yoga as a practice can be therapeutic, but there is a big difference between attending a regular yoga class and participating in yoga therapy specifically. Yoga therapy is an adapted practice, which can meet the needs of those working with health issues. A regular yoga class, in some cases might aggravate health conditions further if not specifically modified. Given the nature of this work, Yoga therapy is delivered by a qualified yoga therapist in a private or small group setting. In order to work safely with clinical populations, yoga therapists undertake extensive additional training which includes the study of neuroscience, medical science, and psychotherapeutic skills.
I have trained specifically to work with the following conditions :
Post Natal Depression