Breathing Techniques (pranayama)
Lifestyle practices could include:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Reduction and management of pain associated with recovery from surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments
Releasing Grief and Loss
Help to facilitate healing after injuries to the Spine, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle
And many others not listed...
Practicing Loving Kindness
Eating Healthy organic choices according to your Ayurvedic Dosha
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is a practice for optimizing the health of the body and quieting the mind.
Yoga Therapy is a synthesis of the ageless wisdom from the East with the most recent knowledge in complementary health from the West.
Yoga Therapists help people with health challenges not normally met in a group class.
These challenges can be physical, mental or emotional.
Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, lifestyle practices to suit individual needs.
A Yoga Therapy Protocol includes a variety of activities:
Yoga Therapy is a means to manage illness or facilitate healing.
Yoga Therapy is a specific and individualized, holistic system of self-care. It is a wellness based system, focusing on the relationship between a person's physical, psychological and emotional well-being. While Western medecine focuses on relieving pain, symptoms and suffering by trying to cure the disease, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda, Yoga's sister science, meaning "knowledge of life" focuses on healing the individual.
Yoga Therapy in combination with Ayurveda is profoundly effective in both reducing the symptoms and transforming the causes of most common ailments of mind, body and spirit such as:
This yoga therapy approach to the human system is all encompassing. It recognizes that a person’s body, breath, mind, behavior and emotions are layers or dimensions of a person that run deep and also have a relationship to each other. Understanding the deeper layers of the human system and honoring each person's individual needs may offer a person a chance to healing where other modalities may have failed.
A Yoga Therapist uses a broad range of tools to support health, promote healing and facilitate personal transformation given in the form of self-care specifically designed for the student's needs. This individual treatment protocol becomes the framework in which the student practices on a daily basis. The most important tool is the self-empowering tool that the student gradually learns over time with practice, support and wisdom how to self-regulate and tend to one's own needs. This integrative healing system is ancient and is outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a 2200 year old text that explores the relationships between body, breath, mind and emotions.
Although society, researchers and scientists have just started to be able to measure and understand the full effects of the whole body yoga practice, this ancent practice offers an immensely practical method for deepening the connection to ourselves, to maintaining a healthy psychological wellbeing, and improving the quality of our lives so we can live with more sustained joy.
"Nowadays, the practice of yoga stops with just asanas (physical practice). Very few even attempt dharana and dhyana [deeper meditation] with seriousness. There is a need to search once more and reestablish the practice and value of yoga in modern times."
"When the truth is known ignorance cannot be,
when the mind is pure there is no disease,
when the breath is mastered there is no death,
therefore, surrender to Yoga.”
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is recognized as one of the strongest influences on establishing and developing the practice of yoga.