What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy distinguishes itself as a form of one-on-one therapy, with different goals than many of those found in group yoga classes, and, importantly, differences in approaches to psychological material. These private sessions are designed for clients who have either specific concerns for which they are seeking help, such as physical limitations, for those who want to develop a home yoga practice, or for people interested in expanding their psycho-physical-spiritual range. Each session is geared toward achieving awareness and concrete change in whatever areas of interest or concern the client presents.
Below, you will find a list of common ailments or concerns that are often addressed in Yoga Therapy:
- Back pain: acute or chronic
- Joint problems: frozen or hyper-mobile
- Neck and shoulder tension
- Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Women’s Health Issues
- Digestive problems
- Immune Dysfunction
- Fatigue, Insomnia, Headaches
- High Blood Pressure
- Anxiety and Depression
- Emotional Unrest or Instability
- Chronic Illness
- Inability to Manifest Change
- Spiritual “crisis”
Yoga and the Therapeutic Model
There are numerous ways of approaching yoga, which when translated from the original Sanskrit means, “to yoke,” or unite. Therapy, as we understand it in the West, has come to refer to the treatment of certain symptoms that are causing suffering significant enough to keep one from living a healthy, happy life. Yoga Therapy encompasses the huge field of psycho-physical-spiritual awareness that makes up a human being, and places priority on the development and integration of each individual, according to one’s unique constitution and situation in life. In its purest essence, Yoga is about stability, growth and deepening one’s connection to the source of life and consciousness.
Yoga is made up of scientific principles governing the workings of the body, mind and spirit, and emphasizes the importance of a consistent personal practice in order to reap its greatest benefits and create real balance in one’s life. It consists of various practice tools, including physical postures or movement, breathing exercises, toning or chanting, concentration and meditation, self-study and reflection (often with the aid of classic texts). As well, restorative practices that specifically aid the nervous system and energy centers are often an important component for those who are suffering any kind of fatigue. When all of these disciplines are included in a personal practice, this comprehensive, holistic approach brings health and integration to every aspect of being. Yoga Therapy, as it is practiced in the tradition of T. Krishnamacarya, does not specifically refer to using psycho-therapy during a session; however, it may include work with the emotions because there is an emotional component to any yoga practice. In its most basic form, however, Yoga Therapy may simply consist of nothing more than a set of physical postures, done with awareness, which help to ease suffering.
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