What is Yoga Therapy?

What is Yoga?

For me there is no better explanation than that offered by Mr T K V Desikachar.

Yoga is both a systematized body of knowledge and a practice. There are many reasons why a person might choose to practice yoga; in broad terms, the purpose of yoga is to reduce the disturbance and return an individual to his or her inherent peace and power. To be successful in this endeavor, yoga must be adapted and practiced according to the needs, capacities, and aspirations of each student.T.K.V. Desikachar.

Ideally yoga is taught on a personal basis but many people gain benefit from attending a class. It can offer an opportunity to escape from a busy routine and the pressures of daily life. The sense of peace and calm achieved during a class will help to counter the effects of stress on both body and mind.

The beauty of yoga is that it can be ‘inclusive’  and cater for most people because it is a gentle approach to exercise. Because the postures can be easily adapted to the individual’s needs the strains and other injuries that can be unfortunate side effects of many other forms of exercise rarely occur.

Yoga practice helps to attain a stable mind and healthy body so that personal goals may be achieved – whatever they are.

By means of linking breath to the body in moving and stationary postures, the mind is connected with the body. Regular daily practice will create a change – often improving the ability to focus, to deal with difficult emotions and situations and feelings of peace, stillness and connectedness spontaneously occur.

Yoga Therapy - What is it?

Yoga therapy uses yoga practices to alleviate physical and mental health conditions. It has been shown to be beneficial in the management of many diverse health conditions from stress and anxiety and depression to Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, menopause, IBS, insomnia and back pain.

Research has shown that yoga not only significantly improves physical function by improving strength and flexibility and therefore, balance, it crucially improves mood and mental resilience. The comprehensive benefits of yoga help improve both symptoms and mindset.

Yoga is now being recommended increasingly more often by doctors in the NHS as a helpful complimentary therapy for both staff and patients. It is usually a one-to-one therapy with an individualised approach.

Yoga therapy sessions take place at my home. The initial session will be 90 minutes and will include discussion of the comprehensive intake form and what the client would like to address through yoga therapy. Further sessions are usually an hour long and the client will be prescribed a yoga practice to work with between sessions. An initial 6 week course will normally be recommended.

Dress in comfortable clothing in which you are able to stretch and move freely.


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